“The Technical Review Committee is confident that all four bids possess the technical capabilities to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games and all should be moved forward to phase two,” says Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “Ottawa, Niagara, Sudbury and the combined bid of Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph all demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm toward hosting the 2021 Canada Summer Games.”
During separate community site visits for Phase I that took place in late August, the four communities met with the Canada Games Council 2021 Bid Process Technical Review Committee (TRC) to provide detail, showcase locations and answer questions. The TRC evaluated each venue within each community and scored based on the following factors:
- Whether or not the venue meets the stated minimum venue standards;
- Whether or not the venue meets the Canada Games distance standard;
- The ancillary aspects of the venue (seating, change rooms, concessions, etc.);
- The accessibility of the venue;
- The operational and capital risk associated with using the venue for Canada Games.
With their successful completion of Phase 1 of the Technical phase, it is now determined that all four communities have the quality and technical capacity necessary to move to the Phase II evaluation.
Following the Board approval, individual reports were provided to each community outlining their results to date. Through these results, the communities have now been formally invited to develop and submit a Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposal representing Phase II of the Host Community Selection Process. The deadline to submit this proposal is January 31st, 2017.
After the January 31st, 2017 deadline, the 2021 Bid Evaluation Committee will assess the Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposals, conduct site visits for Phase II and then provide a final ranking and report to the CGC Board of Directors.
Following the detailed process, the CGC Board of Directors will notify the Province of Ontario about the final selection of the successful 2021 community. The public announcement will then be made in late March or early April of 2017 through a media event.
For the 2021 bid process, the Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee will be chaired by Vice-president of Revenue Generation for the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI and current Canada Games Council Board Member; Wayne Carew.
Having hosted the 1981 Canada Summer Games in Thunder Bay and the 2001 Canada Summer Games in London, the 2021 Canada Games will mark the third time the Canada Summer Games are hosted in the province of Ontario.