Winnipeg to Host 2017 Canada Summer Games

Winnipeg to Host 2017 Canada Summer Games

Catriona Le May Doan
Canadian Olympic speed skater Catriona Le May Doan helps announce the 2017 Canada Summer Games at The Forks on Friday, April 26, 2013. (BERNICE PONTANILLA / METRO WINNIPEG)

Canada GamesWinnipeg has been chosen to host the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

Being the only city in contention as a host, Friday’s announcement wasn’t a big surprise. Nevertheless though, officials held an event at The Forks to announce in just over four years, the city will welcome the country’s best young developing athletes to compete in 20 selected sports.

“We are very pleased to be able to welcome the 2017 Canada Summer Games to Winnipeg,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “Our city has a long history of providing first-class hospitality to athletes and visitors during large sporting and cultural events. I am confident that the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be no exception.”

Katz says the 50th anniversary of the Games will bring in an estimated $130 million to the local economy.

The decision on where to host the Games was made by the province and the Canada Games Council.

Work is already underway for the Games, and 19 potential venues have been identified and a Host Society will be in place by August 2013.