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NB Launches Bid to Host 2029 Canada Games

The provincial government and the Canada Games Council have launched the competitive bid process for the 2029 Canada Summer Games.


The cities of Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John have until next month to confirm their intention to bid on hosting the largest amateur multi-sport event for the nation’s top young athletes.


“Hosting a sporting event such as the Canada Games is a great opportunity to showcase the best of what New Brunswick has to offer,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace. “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.”


The Games are often a stepping stone in the development of Canada’s national, international, Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics champions.


“We are thrilled to officially launch the competitive bid process and embark on the journey to the 2029 Canada Summer Games,” said Catherine Gosselin-Després, chair of the Games evaluation committee. “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.”


The bid evaluation committee and technical review committee 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 Canada Games Council committee.


The technical review phase will be conducted this June and July to assess the ability of each city to host the Games based on standards for sport venues, non-sport venues and the Games Village.


Phase 2 is a comprehensive review scheduled for January and February of 2025, during which the bid committees submit their proposals that include an overall vision, a marketing and communications strategy, community commitment and a budget.


The host city will be announced in March of 2025.


“The Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games was the catalyst for kick-starting my athletic career, and will forever be associated with Niagara Falls,” said Vivian Kutnowski, Canada Games bronze medallist for Team New Brunswick. “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.”


The event features two weeks of competition, between 16 and 20 sports, about 4,600 participants (athletes, coaches and managers), and more than 5,000 volunteers. The Canada Summer Games are expected to generate about $200 million in economic spending in the host province or territory.


New Brunswick has hosted the Canada Games twice: the 1985 Summer Games in Saint John and the 2003 Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbellton.


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