Ottawa planning bid for 2021 Canada Games

Ottawa will be among the bidders for the summer Canada Games, which will be held in Ontario in 2021.

The Canada Games council officially launched the bid process on Wednesday. The city’s sports commissioner, Innes Councillor Jody Mitic, told the Ottawa Report the capital will be among the communities vying for the competition, but couldn’t say anything else at this point.

Mitic was appointed sports commissioner by Mayor Jim Watson after the last municipal election, with an eye toward bringing more major athletic competitions to Ottawa.

“We are excited to officially launch the bid process for the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Ontario,” Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman, said Tuesday. “Many communities have shown interest in hosting thus far and we look forward to seeing which of them will move forward with their intent to bid.”

The entire selection process will take 14 months. Interested communities have until May 20 to submit their letters of intent to bid. The phase one technical review information is due on June 30, 2016. After the technical phase, short-listed communities have until Jan. 31st, 2017, to submit comprehensive bid proposals.

The 2021 Games will be the third summer edition held in Ontario, with Thunder Bay hosting in 1981 and London hosting in 2001.

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