The 2021 Canada Summer Games will be played in Niagara Region, thus bringing to an end our community’s proud effort to bring the games to Ottawa. The announcement was made this week in Toronto by the Canada Games Council.
In addition to City staff, more than 100 stakeholders have been involved with Ottawa’s bid process, including business and tourism leaders, sporting event experts, and arts and culture organizations. The effort was led by the Ottawa 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid Committee, co-chaired by Cyril Leeder and Sue Holloway.
Local sports fans still have plenty to look forward to in Ottawa, with several major sporting events still on the calendar for 2017 alone, including:
- Canadian Track and Field Championships
- Canadian Pacific LPGA Women’s Open
- CFL’s 105th Grey Cup
- Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Olympic Curling Trials
- Scotiabank NHL100 Classic outdoor hockey game
Although I am disappointed that Ottawa was not selected as the winning bid, I would like to send my sincere congratulations to the Niagara Region and all other competing cities for all of the hard work they put into the selection process. The excitement generated as a part of this campaign truly shows the dedication that Canadians put into our athletics.