Bidding & Hosting
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are woven into the fabric of Canada. Every day tens of thousands of Canadians live, work and play in the legacies of Canada’s three Olympic and Paralympic Games and three Pan and Para Pan American Games.
These legacies are found in our homes, our parks, our roads, our trains, our schools, our gyms, our pools, our ski hills, our rinks. They are found in our people, our community, corporate, and political leaders. And these legacies are found in the stories we tell about the moments that unite us and define us as a nation.
Our goal at the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee is to continue to build upon those legacies for future generations. To do that, we want to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games back to Canada in the next decade and the Summer Games back to Canada before 2050. We know that an Olympic and Paralympic Games in Canada, based on a clear vision that is aligned with Indigenous goals and local, regional, and national development objectives, can power long-term legacies including:
- opportunities for meaningful reconciliation
- increased participation in sport
- improved physical and mental health
- new, updated and accessible facilities
- new homes and communities
- new jobs and a more skilled workforce
- business opportunities
- international profile for the region
- regional infrastructure improvements
- arts and culture opportunities
- and so much more
Bidding and hosting process
The COC is responsible for sanctioning any Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Games bid put forward to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Recent changes to the IOC’s Future Host Election process have provided significant cost savings for future hosts, presenting an opportunity for Canada to develop a more sustainable project and master plan.
Over the last year, the COC and CPC have developed a bidding framework built around the Government of Canada’s Federal Policy for Hosting International Sport Events, and the Canadian Major Sport Event Framework developed by federal, provincial/territorial and sport colleagues to outline best practices for major event bidding.
The IOC’s new approach to selecting Olympic hosts provides an important opportunity for stakeholders to engage in open and non-committal dialogue. This process helps ensure a hosting concept aligns with the future hosts’ long-term development plans. We are proud to be leading with a commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) best practices, including:
- prioritizing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 91 by ensuring that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participation;
- developing a hosting concept in line with existing long-term plans and priorities for the host regions, province, and country; and
- ensuring environmental sustainability is a focus in every major step of the process.
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