Winnipeg plans to put forward a bid to host the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Mayor Sam Katz asked the executive policy committee on Wednesday for $3 million in capital funds over a four-year period (from 2014 to 2017), which was later approved. About $20 million in operating and capital would come from the province and federal government combined.
“We are excited at the prospect of hosting the Summer Games,” Katz said. “Winnipeggers are not only enthusiastic spectators; we are always looking for opportunities to welcome the nation.”
The event would draw about 20,000 visitors to the city and generate $130 million in economic activity, according to officials.
Brandon’s recent bid to host the Games was rejected in January. Winnipeg has until April to submit its own bid.
The Canada Games have been held every two years since 1967, alternating between Winter and Summer Games. Manitoba last played host to the Canada Summer Games in 1997, when they were held in Brandon.