HAMILTON, January 30, 2021 – Hamilton2026 Bid Chair Lou Frapporti issued the following letter to Hamilton City Council Regarding the 2026 Commonwealth Games:
Dear Mayor and Members of the General Issues Committee:
Let me begin by expressing our organizing committee’s hope that you and your families are well.
Notwithstanding the continuing anxiety and challenges of the pandemic and the prolonged shut down which it has prompted, we felt it important to report on the status of our efforts to return the Games to Ontario prior to 2030.
As some may recall, leading up to the holiday period we had resolved to hold our efforts in abeyance having facilitated direct communication between the Commonwealth Games Federation and representatives of the Provincial Government with a view to their working to determine whether a hosting program in 2026 was viable. With the ending of the holiday break we enquired as to the status of those discussions with the Commonwealth Games Federation, Commonwealth Sport Canada and the Provincial Government. Having done so, we were informed earlier this week that the Province is working to make a decision on this offer imminently which they expect to convey to us in the near future.
Pending the Province’s determination, and in light of recent media interest enquiring as to the
status of our efforts, we felt it important to report to you first on these developments and to share
our preliminary thoughts on the path ahead. First, it goes without saying that the pandemic and
its impacts are continuing, and arguably worsening, beyond our expectations, which
understandably complicates this effort considerably. And while to our minds, the deepening
societal impact of the pandemic further underscores the rationale for a pandemic recovery initiative
which incents heightened private and public investment in this region, especially around housing,
we are of the view that the current emergency warrants our holding the matter in abeyance pending
a clear affirmation of interest provincially and a credible direction to us to move forward. Without
pre-judging the outcome of these recent deliberations, we wish to confirm that should the Province
clearly express its reluctance to pursue a pre 2030 event (in ’26 or ’27) we will immediately cease
our efforts in that regard. In the event that the province expresses a willingness to discuss the
matter further when the crisis subsides, thereby permitting a more careful assessment of the
recovery opportunity presented by the Games, we would be delighted to consider further activity.
Ultimately, whether or not there is a clear path to a pre 2030 Games, we are of the view that the reconsideration of our hosting proposal over the last several months, prompted by the pandemic, was invaluable. Owing to this effort, we are resolved to curate a much more economical and inclusive hosting plan focused on social impact, sustainable development and health and wellness, as the centre piece of our bid for 2030 (if required). In that regard, while we acknowledge that all levels of government had communicated their support for our 2030 bid, and many of you expressed a preference for that opportunity over the certainty of hosting in 2026, the reality is that the cost and nature of the 2030 bid warrants further deliberation. This was made evident to us throughout our public consultation efforts and in feedback from community stakeholders. To be sure, this is a conversation to be taken up at a later date, but we think it important to signal our intention now
Irrespective of the outcome of the province’s continuing deliberations, we wish to say without equivocation and with great appreciation that our friends at the Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Sport Canada have remained encouraging and supportive of our efforts, caring partners, and organizations that will have our continuing support owing to their values and aspirations which we wholeheartedly share and embrace.
Our next writing will follow our receiving confirmation of a provincial position. Until then, we wish safety and good health to you and your families.
Sincerely, Louis FrapportiChair, Hamilton2026
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