The Canada Games Council (CGC) and the Government of New Brunswick today officially launched the competitive bid process for the 2029 Canada Summer Games.
The cities of Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John have until February 2024 to confirm their intention to bid for the Games. The bidding cities will then embark on a 13-month process to build their bids as they vie to host Canada’s largest amateur multi-sport event for the nation’s top young athletes in 2029.
The Canada Games spark greatness in the next generation of athletes and leaders and create enduring legacies that transform communities from coast to coast to coast. The Games are a key milestone in the development of Canada’s future national, international, Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics champions.
The CGC’s 2029 Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) and Technical Review Committee (TRC) will assess the bids in two phases. Both phases include a formal submission by the Bid Committees representing each municipality, as well as a site visit by the CGC committee.
The technical review phase will be conducted in June and July of 2024 to assess the ability of each city to host the Canada Summer Games according to established hosting standards for sport venues, non-sport venues and the Games Village.
Phase two is a comprehensive review slated for January and February of 2025, in which the Bid Committees submit their comprehensive bid proposals to the BEC, including the completion of a vision, marketing and communications strategy, community commitment, and a Games budget.
The final decision to award the 2029 Canada Summer Games will be made by the CGC Board of Directors with a public announcement slated for March of 2025.
The bid launch event at the Fredericton Convention Centre, on the traditional unceded territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples, featured prominent dignitaries, athletes, government, sport and community partners and guests.
Each Canada Summer Games features two weeks of competition, between 16 and 20 sports, approximately 4,600 participants (athletes, coaches and managers), and over 5,000 volunteers. The two most recent Canada Games have generated more than $200 million in overall economic activity in the host province.
New Brunswick has previously hosted the Canada Games twice: the 1985 Canada Summer Games in Saint John and the 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbellton.
“Hosting a sporting event such as the Canada Games is a great opportunity to showcase the best of what New Brunswick has to offer. As we move through this process, the partnership between the Government of New Brunswick, the Canada Games Council and the municipalities will only strengthen our success. We look forward to engaging with community leaders and industry partners to ensure everyone taking part and visiting our beautiful province has a positive and memorable experience.”
- Tammy Scott-Wallace, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, Government of New Brunswick
“We are thrilled to officially launch the competitive bid process and embark on the journey to the 2029 Canada Summer Games. We look forward to working alongside the Government of New Brunswick and the bidding municipalities throughout the bid phase and evaluation process and determine which Host community will ignite the spark to inspire greatness in Canada’s next generation of athletes and leaders in 2029.”
- Catherine Gosselin-Després, 2029 Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee Chair
“The Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games was the catalyst for kick starting my athletic career, and will forever be associated with Niagara Falls. Learning that the Canada Summer Games are coming to New Brunswick in 2029 makes me excited for the memories that will be made in our beautiful province by the next generation of athletes!”
- Vivian Kutnowski, Canada Games Bronze Medallist for Team New Brunswick
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Government of New Brunswick