It’s been a long process, but Greater Sudbury is well on its way to completing a bid for the 2021 Canada Summer Games.
In December 2015, Greater Sudbury was formally invited by the Canada Games Council to submit a competitive proposal to host the Games. The Canada Games present an elite national multi-sports and cultural event conducted over two weeks in the summer. They were created in 1967 in order to unite the country in a celebration of sport and culture, helping to “create stronger and more active communities ready to take on new challenges”. The event typically attracts 4,600 participants, including athletes, coaches and managers, 4,500-6,000 volunteers and 11,000-16,000 spectators. It is the largest single sporting event in Canada.
To properly prepare the bid document, staff from various City departments have been working closely with the Bid
Committee, which is comprised of representatives from Laurentian University, SportLink Sport Council, Collège Boréal, Cambrian College, the Northern Water Sports Centre, other sports-related clubs and organizations, private sector businesses and other stakeholders. This team has been reviewing the Canada Summer Games Bid Procedures and Hosting Standards documents closely and completing the various requirements of the comprehensive process.
The Bid Proposal package must be submitted to the Canada Games Council by January 31st. Following this, the Canada Games Council’s Bid Evaluation Committee will complete a site visit in Greater Sudbury on Monday, February 27th. The final announcement of the award to the Host Community is expected on March 30th.