Calgarians may once again hear the clank of gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympic Plaza.
On Tuesday city council voted by a narrow margin to move forward with creating an Olympic bid corporation.
By a vote of eight to six it was determined Calgary will continue to contemplate hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.
“We need robust public engagement. We really need to talk to people and get an idea of what they’re thinking.”
Bidding to host the Olympics would hinge upon funding from all three levels of government and is expected to cost around $30 million. Federal and provincial governments have yet to officially commit to the project, but Major Nenshi is confident support will arrive soon.
Hosting the games in Calgary would cost about $4.6 billion, with the IOC contributing around $925 million of that cost.
Due to the weighty financial commitment involved with playing host to the Olympics, some councillors are in favor of a plebiscite to gain public feedback.
Mayor Nenshi says, “We need robust public engagement. We really need talk to people and get an idea of what they’re thinking. I think there are other ways to get engagement.”
The difficulty of conducting a plebiscite is the process can take four to six months, which may not be enough time prior to the International Olympic Committee reviewing bids in September.
On Wednesday council will further discuss the potential of a plebiscite.