NB to host Canada Summer Games in 2029, approximately 4,000 athletes expected

New Brunswick is set to host the Canada Summer Games in 2029, the province announced Wednesday.

“It’s exciting to host Canada’s largest biennial multi-sport event right here in New Brunswick,” Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace said in a statement.

“We look forward to showing off what our beautiful province has to offer and welcoming athletes and visitors from across the country. We invite you to join us as we dream big and celebrate New Brunswick’s culture and diversity, as well as the communities, values, strengths and pride of the whole country.

The event will feature more than 4,000 athletes, coaches and officials, about 20 sports and more than 3,000 volunteers, according to the release.

This is not the first time the Canada Games have been held in the province. In 1985, the Summer Games were held in Saint John and the 2003 Winter Games were held in Bathurst and Campbellton.

Evan Johnston, Chair of the Canada Games Council, said he was “delighted” to be working alongside the Government of New Brunswick again.

“The Games will undoubtedly inspire a new wave of Canadian pride and a lasting legacy across the province and beyond, and we look forward to moving forward with the bid process,” he said in the statement.

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The community that will host the games has not yet been selected. The statement says he will be chosen by 2025, “following a selection process that will take place over the next three years.”

According to a preliminary schedule of the host selection process, there will be an information session in the spring of 2023, followed by a launch of the application process in the fall.

The host community announcement will then take place in the spring of 2025.

The release also indicates that Team New Brunswick is preparing to compete in the 2022 Canada Summer Games in Ontario’s Niagara region in August, as well as the 2023 Canada Winter Games in PEI. of Prince Edward.

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Naomi C. Amerson