The Regional Municipality of York submits bid to host 2014 Commonwealth Games
Bid aims to welcome the world, athletes to our Region
NEWMARKET, ON – The Regional Municipality of York today formally submitted a letter of intent to bid on the 2014 Commonwealth Games to national bid organizers, Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC).
Canada is a strong contender for the games in 2014, and the Regional Municipality of York is aiming to be the host municipality.
"This is an incredible opportunity to showcase the Regional Municipality of York as a truly world-class community," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "The Region is the ideal setting for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in every way imaginable – we boast one of the most multicultural-diverse populations in the world; our economy has become increasingly globally-focused and is growing by leaps and bounds; and we wish to help foster sporting excellence and support world-class, young athletes."
The Regional Municipality of York's bid efforts are also being supported by York Regional Council, former International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Paul Henderson and Olympians Doug Hamilton and Bill Crothers, the current Chair of the York Region District School Board.
"The Commonwealth Games provide a great opportunity to enhance our sporting facilities across the Region," said Bill Crothers, an Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalist. "My experiences as an athlete representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games were some of the best in my sporting career. I think that this would be a truly magic event for our Region to be a part of."
Commonwealth Games Canada will announce the successful candidate bid city this December, and the selection of the host country for 2014 will be announced by the London-based Commonwealth Games Federation at its general assembly in Sri Lanka in fall 2007.
"The immediate benefits and lasting legacy of the Regional Municipality of York hosting the Games are immense," added Chairman Fisch. "Not only will the games attract thousands of visitors and tourists from every corner of the globe, but they will help us advance our plans for significant improvements to our transportation and transit systems, in addition to the Region becoming a leading centre for sport and health that will be used by our youth and communities for many years to come."
About Commonwealth Games Canada
Commonwealth Games Canada is a not-for-profit multi-sport organization. Since 1930, CGC has been strengthening sport within Canada and throughout the Commonwealth by participating in the Commonwealth Games and by using sport as a tool for development. More than 70 nations and territories from every continent (except Antarctica) compete in the Games.
The XVIII Commonwealth Games will be held in Melbourne, Australia in March 2006, and the XIX Commonwealth Games will be held in New Delhi, India in 2010. Manchester, England was the last city to hold the Games in 2002.
Timelines for the Canadian bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games include:
• July 22, 2005 Deadline for "Intent to Bid"
• August 2005 Bid City Conference
• November 1, 2005 Deadline for Full Bid Proposal
• December 2005 Announcement of Canadian Bid City
• October 2007 Announcement of 2014 Games Host City (Sri Lanka)
About the Regional Municipality of York
The Regional Municipality of York is one of six Regional Governments in Ontario, and is in the geographic heart of the Greater Toronto Area. The Region covers 1,756 square kilometres and borders Simcoe County to the north, Peel Region to the west, Durham Region to the east and the City of Toronto to the south.
The Regional Municipality of York includes nine area municipalities: Town of Aurora; Town of East Gwillimbury; Town of Georgina; Township of King; Town of Markham; Town of Newmarket; Town of Richmond Hill; City of Vaughan; Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Together, the Regional Municipality of York houses a population of almost one million residents, and with a growth rate of 35,000 people each year, the Region will be home to more than 1.25 million people by the year 2014.
The Regional Municipality of York was the first regional municipality in Canada to declare itself a "Character Community", and shares the values of Commonwealth Games Canada – Caring, Justice and Development.
Media Contact: Patrick Casey, Director, Corporate Communications
Office of the CAO, The Regional Municipality of York
905 830-4444 / 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1235 or Cell 905 715-8211