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Calgary 2026 bid still alive as federal and provincial governments agree funding proposal

Calgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games is still alive after federal and provincial governments agreed on a funding proposal that would make more public dollars available to pay for the event.

The Calgary 2026 bid corporation sent out a letter late on Tuesday evening announcing that the required total of CAD $2.875m would be met. The letter was signed by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, federal minister of sport Kirsty Duncan and included a space for Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi’s signature.

The letter came in the wake of an announcement on the same day by the chair of the City of Calgary’s Olympic assessment committee recommending the city end its pursuit of the Games owing to uncertainty about funding.

The bid still has to pass a council vote to decide if it should proceed to a public plebiscite scheduled for November 13. Should Calgary pass this hurdle, the city could face Stockholm, and an Italian bid consisting of Cortina d’Ampezzo and Milan. The possibility also remains that a potential US bid earmarked for the 2030 Games, could be brought forward to the 2026 event amid renewed concerns over the existing candidates.