History Worth Repeating
First held in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario
First held in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario, today’s Commonwealth Games are a joyous and inclusive festival of sport and culture, attracting upwards of 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories. The Games are enjoyed by a television audience of more than 1.5 billion people.
In March 2020, Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) named Hamilton as Canada’s Candidate City for the 2030 Commonwealth Games. Shortly thereafter, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) made Hamilton an unprecedented and exclusive offer to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with a guarantee that our bid would be uncontested by any other city.
That guarantee does not apply to 2030. Six countries have already expressed an interest in hosting the 2030 Games and there is the possibility that Canada will bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics. In our view, this makes a guaranteed 2026 Commonwealth Games a better opportunity than a 2030 Games that we may not win the right to host.
Hosting the Games in 2026 will mean reducing the size and scope of the Games to accommodate the shorter timeline and a tighter fiscal reality imposed by the Covid19 pandemic. However, it will also speed up Games-related investments, creating thousands of jobs and delivering community legacies and sustainable benefits sooner rather than later.
Hamilton2026 is a broad-based coalition of sport organizations, educators, social development agencies, businesses and dedicated city builders who have joined together to bring the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Canada.
As groups and individuals we are united not only by our interest in sport, but by our commitment to leverage the public interest in sport and the resources of the Games to transform our city, inspire our nation, and build a better Commonwealth.
Some might see the Games as an unnecessary distraction from more pressing priorities. We see them as an opportunity of a lifetime – an opportunity to undertake and accelerate a whole series of beneficial community and social development projects right now, at a time when they are needed most.