The bidding process for the 2029 Canada Summer Games to be held in New Brunswick is officially underway.
Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John have until next month to confirm their intentions to bid to host the largest amateur multi-sport event for the country's top young athletes.
“We are thrilled to officially launch the competitive bidding process and begin the journey to the 2029 Canada Summer Games,” said Catherine Josselin-Despres, Chair of the Games Evaluation Committee.
There will be two phases involving the Evaluation Committee and the Technical Review Committee. Both stages include a formal submission by bid committees representing each municipality, as well as a site visit by a Canadian Gaming Board committee.
“Hosting a sporting event like the Canada Games is a great opportunity to showcase the best that New Brunswick has to offer,” said Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture Tammy Scott-Wallace.
The technical review phase will take place next June and July and will examine the sports stadiums, non-sports venues and games village.
The second phase is scheduled to take place in January and February of 2025. Proposal committees will submit proposals that include a comprehensive vision, marketing and communications strategy, community commitment and budget.
The host city will be announced in March 2025.
The Canada Summer Games feature two weeks of competition, between 16 and 20 sports, approximately 4,600 participants (athletes, coaches and managers), and more than 5,000 volunteers. The Summer Games in Canada are expected to generate approximately $200 million in economic spending for 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.