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Saint John, Moncton look to host 2029 Canada Summer Games

By Brad Perry May 9, 2024 | 5:28 AM

Moncton and Saint John are joining forces in a bid to co-host the 2029 Canada Summer Games.

The Canada Games Council announced Wednesday it had received a joint letter of intent to bid from the two cities.

New Brunswick communities had until the end of February to deliver their intent to bid to the council.

A bid committee representing Moncton and Saint John will now progress through the bid process in two phases.

That includes a technical review phase, in which the municipalities will submit venue information by early June.

“This phase will assess the ability of each city to host the Canada Summer Games according to established hosting standards for sport venues, non-sport venues and the Games Village,” the council said in a news release on Wednesday.

If successful, the bid committee will then proceed to the second phase, which is a comprehensive review slated for early 2025.

The bid committee will build its proposal and submit it to the bid evaluation committee, which will also conduct a site visit.

The final decision to award the Games will be made by the council’s board with a public announcement slated for March 2025.

Each Canada Summer Games features two weeks of competition, between 16 and 20 sports, approximately 4,600 participants, and over 5,000 volunteers.

Officials said the two most recent Canada Games have generated more than $200 million in overall economic activity in the host province.

The 2029 Canada Games will mark the third time hosting for New Brunswick. Saint John previously hosted the 1985 Canada Summer Games while the 2003 Canada Winter Games were held in Bathurst-Campbellton.