The 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Assessment Committee presented concerns of hosting the games to City Council this morning.
“I will not support moving to a plebiscite without a reasonable amount of time for Calgarians to have that number in front of them.”
There is concern with not having a cost-sharing agreement in place between the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. The committee is also waiting on a funding decision regarding security costs, which are an estimated $610 million.
2026 Winter Olympics Committee Chair, Evan Woolley says Calgarians need more information before making an educated decision.
“There may be a way that we can make our commitment public in spite of federal government’s ability to announce those dollars but I can tell you this, I will not support moving to a plebiscite without a reasonable amount of time for Calgarians to have that number in front of them” Woolley says, “I will not support moving forward with a plebiscite.”
The committee rated proper engagement with Calgarians as a high risk if the city hosts the games.