Town of Canmore

Community Engagement

In order to better understand both the costs and the possible benefits for our community of an Olympic bid, Council approved a budget for public engagement activities. Council will consider many factors when they make a decision about whether to participate in a potential bid, and public opinion is one of those factors. 

The outcome from the public engagement conducted between Feb. 5 and April 12, 2018 informed a final set of principles that are intended to guide Council as they consider participating in an Olympic bid.

Guiding Principles 

A principle is a fundamental intention that serves as the foundation for a chain of reasoning. The guiding principles that have been proposed for Explore 2026 were designed to provide general direction for future decision-making; they are not goals that have measureable targets. 

The Explore 2026 guiding principles can be used by Canmore’s leaders to help evaluate the community’s participation in a possible bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. These principles do not presuppose that a bid will occur but are proposed to be used as a guide for decision making in the short and long term. They are intended to stand the test of time, but can also be adapted if required.

Explore 2026 Principles

Foundational Statement: The Town will advance Canmore’s future vision, help resolve current challenges, and preserve the roots we cherish as a community today. 

  1. Be open and transparent in sharing the information used to make decisions related to the Games 
  2. Achieve legacies that resolve our current community challenges (e.g. affordability, accessibility)
  3. Secure ongoing tools for municipal funding in order to have minimal impact on the taxpayer
  4. Protect our natural surroundings and set a new global standard by hosting the greenest Games in history
  5. Ensure the Town of Canmore is a recognized partner through all phases of the Games process
  6. Create economic diversification and improve living wage job opportunities for residents
  7. Strengthen relationships with our First Nations neighbours through delivery of the Games 
  8. Strengthen community spirit and connectedness through hosting the world
  9. Advance Canmore’s culture and economy of sport and active lifestyle
  10. Leverage Canmore's Olympic legacy to set a leading standard throughout the games' planning and delivery process towards clean and ethical sport  


Why isn't the public being asked whether or not they support participating in a potential bid?

The public was not asked whether or not we should participate in a bid; that decision will be made by Council. 

To better understand both the costs and the possible benefits for our community, Council has approved activities that will provide information to inform their decision on whether to participate in a potential bid: 

  • Understanding Public’s Concerns and Priorities 
  • Learnings from the PyeongChang Observer Program
  • Understanding Bid Details and Costs by Participating in Calgary’s Dialogue Phase Process

As we learn more about the bid details we will be providing information (that is not a confidential part of the competitive bid process) to the public as it becomes available. We are still investigating the costs for the community to host the OPWG.

Understanding the Olympic bid process is complex, as there have been many changes to the conventional bid approach as a result of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Agenda 2020 recommendations.  

Council will consider many factors when they make a decision about whether to participate in a potential bid. Public opinion is just one of those factors. 

To understand public opinion, residents were engaged in a variety of ways to provide council with an understanding of the public’s priorities, concerns, and values. Draft principles were created using a combination of: what we heard from the community, best practices from outcome reports of previous games, and alignment with Canmore’s strategic vision. 

The final principles will be used to guide current and future leaders to help them make choices that align with the community’s values. Their decisions may be filtered through the lens of these principles, in order to reflect the priorities and concerns of the community. 

Council will use these principles to determine if we should participate in a bid, and what that participation could look like. 


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What We Heard

This page will summarize what we heard through each phase of the engagement.

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