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Two Alberta communities confirm intent to bid for 2019 Canada Winter Games

The Canada Games Council (CGC) has received two letters of Intent to Bid from Alberta communities wishing to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

The communities that have confirmed their intent to bid are the City of Lethbridge and the City of Red Deer.

After the official launch of the 2019 Bid Process in October of 2013, interested communities had until December 20, 2013 to deliver their intent to bid.

“The Canada Games Council is excited that two worthy communities will enter the race to be chosen as the host of the 2019 Canada Games,” says Tom Quinn, Chairman of the Canada Games Council. “After the official launch and receiving the bid procedure guide, these communities understand the work that is required to produce a final bid. We look forward to a very competitive process.”

The bid process entered a Technical Review Phase where information was to be provided by the communities by January 20, 2014. After the technical phase, communities entered the Bid Evaluation Phase of the process and will be given until May 30, 2014 to submit their final Bid Proposal to the Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee. The Committee will review and score based on the submitted bid material. The committee will also perform a site visit to each bidding community.

"Alberta has a proud track record of hosting successful national and international sport events. We have excellent infrastructure and facilities, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic fans of sport in Alberta. I'm confident the bid committee will receive highly competitive bid packages from Alberta communities," said Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation.”

For the 2019 bid process, the Committee will be chaired by Vice-president of Sponsorship for the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse and current Canada Games Board Member, Paul Flaherty. The Canada Games Council’s Bid Evaluation Committee will be responsible for a detailed review of bidding communities and make a recommendation on the award of the Games to the Council’s Board of Directors.

The final recommendation from the Canada Games Board of Directors will be delivered to the Province of Alberta and then announced publicly by the Council and the Province in September of 2014.

Having hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games in Lethbridge and the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will mark the third time the Games are hosted in the province of Alberta.

About the Canada Games - Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity. The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

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