I am happy to let residents know that the Ottawa 2021 Canada Games Bid Committee delivered its bid book for the Canada Summer Games this week with the help of the community’s sport groups, who relayed the book from City Hall to the Canada Games Council office on Riverside Drive.
Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa 2021 Bid Committee Co-chairs Cyril Leeder and Sue Holloway kicked off the relay at City Hall by passing the book, tucked into a Team Ontario knapsack, to the first of 18 sport groups who then ran, walked, and jogged the five-kilometre route along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to Bank Street, before ending with the formal submission of the book at the Canada Games Council office.
The bid book outlines Ottawa 2021’s proposed plans for hosting the Canada Summer Games, as per the Canada Games Council Bid Requirements and Hosting Guidelines. The Ottawa 2021 bid will now be evaluated by the Canada Games Council and scored against bids from Greater Sudbury, Niagara Region, and a partnership between the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. A site visit will take place on March 2, when the Ottawa 2021 Bid Committee will showcase its plans and the community’s support for hosting the Games to the Bid Evaluation Committee. An announcement of the successful bid is expected at the end of March 2017.
The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for the next generation of national team athletes and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition. It would be the biggest sporting event ever hosted in Ottawa.
For more information and to show your support, please visit Ottawa2021.ca.