The seven-member evaluation team, chaired by Vice-president of Revenue Generation for the 2009 Canada Summer Games in PEI and current Canada Games Council Board Member; Wayne Carew, will be visiting each of the four communities for one day during this week. The CGC Bid Evaluation Committee will visit Greater Sudbury on February 27th, Waterloo Region on February 28th, Niagara Region on March 1st and Ottawa on March 2nd. These visits will then be followed by CGC Bid Evaluation Committee meetings.
The evaluation process included Phase I; a review of the potential communities' technical components (Sports Venues, Games Village and other key venues) to provide a report to the CGC Bid Evaluation Committee. During Phase II, the CGC Bid Evaluation Committee assessed the Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposals and will now conduct site visits to all bidding communities. These site visits allow the bid communities the opportunity to reinforce their information, add value to the written descriptions in the bid proposal and answer questions posed in writing from the Bid Evaluation Committee upon receipt of the bid proposals.
“The site visits are a great opportunity for each community to creatively showcase what they have to offer in regards to hosting a Canada Games,” says Wayne Carew, Bid Evaluation Committee Chair, Canada Games Council. “During the site visits, information is provided to the CGC Bid Evaluation Committee during a pre-set agenda identical for each community to ensure complete objectivity.”
Once the CGC Bid Evaluation Committee has conducted thorough site visits to all bidding communities, it will provide a final 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 on March 30th at Hart House in Toronto.
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.
The Canada Games generate many benefits for host regions in the legacies they provide. Whether they be infrastructure improvements for the city, exposure for the region through national broadcasts and webcasts or simply through increased tourist visitations, entire communities are changed for the better after having hosted the unique premium event that is the Canada Games.