“Alberta has a successful history of hosting major, international multi-sport games in our province and any proposal to host major games is considered with the interests of Alberta taxpayers at top of mind.
We committed to remain transparent with Albertans about the costs of hosting international sporting events and clearly demonstrating a return on our investment for the people and communities in Alberta. That is why we have made the decision not to continue pursuing the bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
Based on current bid estimates, hosting the 2030 Commonwealth Games could result in a cost of up to $2.68 billion. The corporate sponsorship model and limited broadcast revenues for the Commonwealth Games would have put 93 per cent of those costs and risks on taxpayers.
We thank the partners for working with us to explore the possibility of hosting the Commonwealth Games here in our beautiful province.
Alberta’s government understands that recreation and sporting facilities are often the heart of a community. This is why we are establishing a Community Recreation Centre Infrastructure Fund to invest at least $80 million over four years in projects throughout the province.
Our government will continue to consider proposals from municipalities and First Nations for infrastructure projects.”