Niagara, Ontario wins bid  to host 2021 Canada Summer Games

“The Games will not only significantly benefit restaurants, hotels and other businesses in my riding, they’ll also allow people in Ontario to cheer on our amateur athletes on our home turf and showcase the province to visitors from across the country.”  — Jim Bradley, MPP St. Catharines

News from the Ontario government,  Niagara’s regional government and Brock University

Posted March 30th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Ontario is pleased to announce that the Canada Games Council has selected Niagara Region to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

In August 2021, Niagara Region will welcome approximately 4,600 athletes from across Canada to compete in 17 sports over the course of two weeks.

The province is supporting Niagara Region to help plan and deliver the Games through the Games Ontario program.

The Canada Summer Games were established as a legacy of the 1967 centennial and are the country’s largest multi-sport event for youth. By supporting these Games, the province is providing opportunities for Ontario’s amateur athletes to gain the elite competition experience they need to excel on the world stage.

High-profile sport events like the Canada Summer Games also generate significant economic activity for the host community and help build strong and capable local volunteers.

Hosting athletic competitions and investing in the development of amateur athletes is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

From a Niagara regional government media release –

Featuring 17 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the 2021 Canada Games will welcome over 5,000 athletes and coaches from across the country and more than 30,000 visitors.

The summer games are an important part of Canadian culture and promote “unity through sport.” The young athletes competing in the games represent their province or territory, with many of them going on to compete on the global stage at the Olympics. The event will mark the third time Ontario has hosted the Canada Summer games. Thunder Bay played host in 1981 and London in 2001.

The bidding process for the 2021 summer games required all of Niagara to be united in their effort to bring the event to the region. Developing the bid required thousands of hours from volunteers, regional staff and Niagara’s 2021 Summer Games Bid Committee.

“This announcement today solidifies Niagara’s role as a major sporting destination, and I would like I acknowledge and thank everyone across Niagara who contributed to the development of our comprehensive case to secure the summer games,” said Doug Hamilton, Chair, 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid Committee. “The Canada Summer Games are an important part of developing athletes across our country and I’m proud that Niagara will be playing host to so many talented athletes,  coaches, trainers and other supporters.”

It is projected that the games will have an economic impact of as much as $240 million across Niagara with support for 1,500 jobs and $76 million in salaries and wages.

As the summer games are a national event, they will be televised across the country with over 400 media members in attendance and 80 hours of national media coverage. The games are expected toattract 30,000 visitors along with many VIPs and dignitaries.

The following is from Brock University –

Brock University joins its community partners and neighbours in celebrating the news that Niagara has been selected to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

The decision, announced in Toronto Thursday, March 30 by Ontario Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon, ended a spirited competition among four Ontario communities that had been shortlisted as possible hosts for Canada’s pre-eminent national athletics competition. In the end, Niagara edged out strong bids from Ottawa, Sudbury and Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.

Brock University was among several partners from across the region who joined and enthusiastically supported the Niagara bid team, which has spent many months identifying potential sites and aligning resources into an ambitious plan to welcome more than 5,000 athletes and 30,000 visitors to Niagara in the summer of 2021.

It has been projected that the Games will have an economic impact of more than $200 million across all of Niagara, creating hundreds of jobs and leaving a significant infrastructure legacy for the benefit of Niagara residents.

Brock, which has residences and food services that normally support thousands of students, will serve as an athletes’ village during the summer event, and will also host multiple athletic events at its sports venues.

“This is a wonderful result for everyone in our region,” said the University’s Interim President Tom Traves. “Brock is proud to be part of Niagara, and proud to be one of many important partners on this collaboration.”

Tom Arkell, Brock’s Associate Vice-President of University Services, played a lead role for the University on the bid committee, and was in Toronto Thursday for the announcement.

“Our successful bid was a region-wide effort,” said Arkell, “one that will result in the building of much-needed facilities that will provide an exceptional experience for athletes from Niagara and all across Canada.

“Niagara will shine, thanks to the efforts of all levels of government, business, Brock, Niagara College and so many individual supporters.

“We can’t wait to get started.”

Some Quick Facts on the Games from the Ontario government

  • The province will provide $10.35 million to the community over five years through the Games Ontario program, with a matching contribution from the federal government.
  • Other communities that bid to host the Games include: City of Ottawa, City of Greater Sudbury, and Kitchener/Waterloo region.
  • In 2014, 8.1 million people visited Ontario to attend a sporting event or participate in sports or a sport activity, spending $2.3 billion in the province.
  • In 2016-17, the Games Ontario sport hosting program is projected to contribute $5.2 million to the GDP.
  • This is the third time an Ontario community will host the Canada Summer Games. Thunder Bay hosted the Summer Games in 1981 and London hosted them in 2001. Ontario has not hosted a Canada Winter Games.
  • Through the Quest for Gold program, Ontario helps over 1,200 athletes every year continue their pursuit of excellence and encourages them to live and train in Ontario.
  • The Canada Games have a significant economic impact on their host community. The 2015 Canada Winter Games generated $123 million for Prince George, B.C., while the 2013 Canada Summer Games brought in $165 million for Sherbrooke, Quebec.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Read more about Game ON – the Ontario Government’s Sport Plan.

Find out more about Quest for Gold program.

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