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Our Mandate

The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee is tasked with conducting an objective, balanced, comprehensive feasibility assessment on whether or not The City of Calgary can reasonably host the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and, if so, whether it is reasonable and prudent that Calgary should submit a bid to the International Olympic Committee to host the Games and, if so, subject to what conditions.

The feasibility assessment and the recommendation are to be supported by:

  • A Master Facilities Plan developed through an in-depth review and audit of all existing legacy venues. The plan will also assesspotential venue options required to meet Olympic needs. It will include an analysis of the field of play, operational space and the long term plans, including sustainability, of the venues.   
  • An assessment and analysis of overall Games security considerations, including the requirements at potential venues/facilities, as well as an evaluation of security needs for such an event. Ultimately, a philosophy, framework and cost estimate for security will be developed in support of a prospective 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • A diverse public engagement exercise to gather the opinions of Calgarians, understand where they see positive and negative impacts for the city and ensure that all Calgarians have the opportunity to have their voices heard.
  • An assessment of levels of support from directly affected stakeholders, such as national sport organizations, and a review of the issues that may affect their levels of support for a bid.
  • An economic evaluation of a potential bid, focusing on net economic impact, both short and long term, resulting from the construction, staging and operations associated with bidding and hosting the Games.