Overview

Calgary was exploring a potential bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2026. That bid was rejected by Calgarians in a November 13 plebiscite. Partners of the bid development included:

  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Alberta
  • City of Calgary
  • Town of Canmore
  • Canadian Olympic Committee
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • Indigenous community
  • Community and stakeholder groups

Funding

Alberta provided $10 million to the City of Calgary and Calgary 2026, a corporation set up to work on the bid, to support the development of a hosting plan and a final bid should it go forward.

Alberta also provided the City of Calgary with $2 million to hold a plebiscite in Calgary on November 13 to measure popular support for an Olympic bid.

Calgary 2026 estimated the cost to host the Games would be $5.2 billion. The Games were expected to generate $2.2 billion, leaving $3 billion in support from the three levels of government. This included an estimated $49 million in costs resulting from an increased use of provincial services.

Alberta had committed up to $700 million to host the Games. Conditions of this financial support included increased transparency and majority support from Calgarians in the plebiscite. As this support was not recieved from Calgarians, Alberta will not be providing funding to host.

Grant funding agreements

Alberta's role in the bid

Calgary 2026 is managed by a board of directors. As part of the agreements that set up this corporation, its board includes three senior officials from the Government of Alberta.

Alberta – like Calgary and Canada – has also created an Olympic and Paralympic Bid Secretariat. The Alberta Secretariat is responsible for reviewing the work of Calgary 2026 and collaborating with its federal and municipal counterparts.

Timeline

  • May 2017

    City of Calgary's Bid Exploration Committee determined there was a desire to bid on the Games. View the report (PDF, 23 MB)

  • March 2018

    Alberta committed $10 million to further explore the bid.

    As a condition of this funding, the plebiscite must be held in Calgary to determine local support for the Games. An additional $2 million was committed to support the vote.

  • April 2018

    Alberta created an Olympic and Paralympic Bid Secretariat to review the bid and work with federal and municipal secretariats.

  • June 2018

    Calgary 2026 appointed board members, including three officials from the Government of Alberta:

    • Meryl Whittaker
    • Ray Gilmour
    • Corey Hogan
  • August 2018

    Alberta received the draft hosting plan from Calgary 2026.

  • September 2018

    Calgary 2026 released the hosting plan to the public.

    The Alberta Cabinet reviewed the hosting plan.

    Analysis and negotiations began with other funding partners:

  • October 2018

    Alberta announces financial support of up to $700 million to host the Games if a majority of Calgarians vote "FOR" in the plebiscite on Nov. 13, and additional transparency initiatives are undertaken by Calgary 2026.

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) invites Calgary, Milan/Cortina D'Ampezzo (Italy) and Stockholm (Sweden) to be candidate cities for the 2026 Games.

  • November 2018

    Calgarians voted in a plebiscite on Nov. 13:

    • 56.4% voted against Calgary hosting
    • 43.6 voted in support of Calgary hosting

     

Documents

Grant funding agreements

Letters

News