WE WANT THE 2021 CANADA SUMMER GAMES IN OTTAWA!
We’re in the homestretch and heading down to the wire on Ottawa’s bid to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games! We believe our city has what it takes to pull away from our competitors and bring Canada’s Games to Canada’s Capital. The prize? Welcoming 4600 young, up-and-coming athletes to our city and witnessing their dedication, skills and triumphs during two weeks of intensive competition in mid-summer 2021. It will be an exciting and inspiring event for athletes and spectators alike. And it will be a giant leap forward for our city as a host destination for major sporting events!
We want the games, and we need your support to bring them home!
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Canada’s Games in Canada’s Capital
The Canada Games is a nation-building event, and Ottawa’s 2021 bid is focused on showcasing the Games on a national stage. As the nation’s capital, Ottawa is the city where Canadians gather to celebrate their shared history and heritage, to explore national landmarks, museums and historic sites, to honour the Indigenous peoples who came before, and to pay homage to those who built our country into what it is today. In 2021, the capital will celebrate young athletes, their sports, and Canadian culture in a national setting befitting this important event. The venues and athlete accommodations will be of the highest standard, enabling athletes to excel in the national spotlight. Athletes, along with their families and friends, will have the opportunity to experience their country as nowhere else.
About The Games: A Nation-Building Event
The Canada Games are the largest multi-sport event in the country for young athletes, and a premium nation-building event that enriches Canadian culture and creates lasting legacies. This two-week event takes place every two years, alternating summer and winter. The Canada Summer Games attract athletes from every province and territory in the country to compete in 20 different individual and team sports. The event is a key step in developing the next generation of elite Canadian athletes: at the Rio 2016 Olympics, 64 per cent of Team Canada medalists were Canada Games alumni. Eugenie Bouchard, Andre De Grasse and Steve Nash are all Canada Summer Games alumni. The Games also leave an important lasting legacy in the host community in the form of new and upgraded athletic facilities that benefit athletes and the general public. It likewise helps the host community develop significant hosting and volunteer capacity, and builds a sense of community pride and accomplishment.
The Ottawa Bid for the 2021 Canada Summer Games
An executive committee, co-chaired by Ottawa Senators President, Cyril Leeder, and four-time Olympian, Sue Holloway, with representatives from the local business community, Ottawa Tourism, the City of Ottawa and local sport organizations has been established to oversee the bid process. Simple and compact, Ottawa’s bid for the 2021 Canada Summer Games offers an outstanding Athletes’ Village concept (at Carleton University) and venue clusters that would offer an inspiring Games experience for athletes and spectators alike.
The bid leverages more than 20 existing sport and non-sport venues, all within less than a 30-minute drive of the Athletes’ Village. These include City of Ottawa facilities and other venues operated by Carleton University, uOttawa, Ottawa Sport and Entertainment Group, Camp Fortune, Nepean Sailing Club and the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club.
Projected Economic Impact of Hosting the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Ottawa
Gross Domestic Product
Incremental Tax Revenues
A combined operating and capital budget of approximately $43 million is proposed for the Ottawa 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid. The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, and the private sector (through sponsorship and revenue generation activities) would each contribute approximately $10.5 million in cash and/or value-in-kind support. The overall capital contribution from the City would be $8M ($3M cash contribution required by the Canada Games Council, and an additional $5M to cover the field of play upgrades to City owned facilities). The City will also be contributing $2.5M towards the Games operations through a combination of cash and value-in-kind services.
The 2021 Canada Summer Games would inspire, engage and transform our community in many ways,
delivering legacy benefits that would endure beyond the event itself. They would:
Promote accessibility, diversity and inclusion
Leave behind enhanced and improved sustainable sport venues
Involve the city’s Indigenous Peoples, provide a stage for its arts and cultural communities, and engage its legions of volunteers
Help our athletes, coaches, officials and sport leadership take a giant leap forward in their personal and professional development
January 12, 2017
You are Invited! January 12th Kick Off Celebration – City Hall @ 12pm – Free Beavertails, hot chocolate, apple cider provided by Beavertails, entertainment, ice skating, and meet Canada Games alumni like Sue Holloway and Chris Phillips.
January 31, 2017
Phase 2 Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposal due
March 2, 2017
Bid Evaluation Committee visits Ottawa
March 30, 2017
Winning host community announcement
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