Hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games delivers a positive return on public investment in the form of numerous economic, social, and education benefits and lasting legacies to Hamilton, Ontario and Canada.
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Business The Hamilton 2026 Commonwealth Games will provide the city with an immediate path to economic revival. The Games will stimulate local business and infrastructure development, provide contracts for local businesses, bring in thousands of new full-time jobs, boost local tourism, and raise regional GDP by well over $1 billion.
Social Development The Games will contribute to social development through health and wellness, and the construction of affordable housing units in the downtown and east end of the city. The Hamilton 2026 Commonwealth Games will also be the first major international games with more women than men competing, creating role models for Canadian girls.
Education By hosting the Hamilton 2026 Commonwealth Games, we aim to inspire people of all ages throughout the city. The Games will present endless possibilities for advancing the cause of volunteerism, experiential learning, internships, co-operative job placements and summer jobs for students.
Legacy In addition to the legacy that will come from economic activity, innovation, education and employment, the Games will also deliver a legacy through the development of infrastructure. The 2026 Commonwealth Games will help to create new community athletic, recreation, tourism and regional transportation infrastructure in Hamilton.
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What are the Commonwealth Games?
The Commonwealth Games are an international, multi-sport event that is held every four years as a celebration of sports excellence and cultural expression. Participants attend from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories to compete in 16 designated sports, with up to four additional optional sports that are selected by the host city.
Who is Hamilton 2026 and what does the organization do?
Hamilton 2026 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.
What sports will be included in the Hamilton 2026 Commonwealth Games?
We will release sport information on this website once further details become available. This information will also be promoted through our social media and local media.
Why is Hamilton pursuing the 2026 Games instead of 2030?
In March 2020, Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) named Hamilton as Canada’s Candidate City for the 2030 Commonwealth Games. Shortly after this selection the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) offered Hamilton an unprecedented and exclusive offer to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games outright (no international bid competition). Hosting a smaller 2026 Commonwealth Games reduces the overall public investment compared to a 2030 Commonwealth Games, and it realizes games related sustainable benefits and legacies sooner.
“It was worth it. It was worth it in the investment and infrastructure, it was worth it for the broadening of the economy, the pride of the city to shine and the promotional value we have got worldwide, and to show the credentials that we are a can-do city”
Tom Tate, Gold Coast Mayor
“After speaking with people in Edmonton we found that even 30 years later, the Commonwealth Games are still a tremendous source of civic pride.”
Alison Sandor, Edmonton’78 Host.