Regional Council has voted to support a bid to bring the 2021 Canada Summer Games to Niagara in the form of a $10.35 million financial commitment.
With last night’s vote, the Region joins together with Niagara’s 12 local municipalities in order to make their application by the end of the month. The final selection of the Canadian Summer Games host will be publically announced in late March or early April of 2017 through a media event.
The $10.3 million commitment made by Regional Council sends a strong message to the bid evaluation committee that Niagara is invested in this endeavor. The provincial and federal government have also each committed up to $10.3 million to support the games.
The Niagara Sport Commission projects that the 2021 games will likely have an economic impact of as much as $240 million with support for 1,500 jobs and $76 million in salaries and wages.
As the summer games are a national event, they will be televised across the country with over 400 media members in attendance and 80 hours of national media coverage. It is anticipated that about 30,000 visitors will attend the games, along with many VIPs, including the Prime Minister and Governor General.
The Region’s funding package includes a $3-million capital commitment, to be raised with a debenture. There is also a $4-million operating commitment, funded annually at $1 million over the four years.
"The milestone decision made at tonight’s Regional Council meeting sends a strong message that we are unified in our support to as best host region for the 2021 Canada Summer Games. I am optimistic about the case we’ve developed for Niagara, and I look forward to making our submission to the evaluation committee. Hosting the games is a tremendous opportunity to showcase all that Niagara has to offer on a national scale. "
~ Alan Caslin, Regional Chair
"I want to acknowledge and thank everyone across Niagara who contributed to the development of our comprehensive case to secure the summer games. The commitment made by Council not only underscores Niagara’s commitment to hosting the games, but also to enhancing the Region’s reputation as a major sporting destination. "
~ Doug Hamilton, Chair, Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid Committee
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