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Guelph could be part of bid to host major sports event

Canada Summer Games in 2021 would be shared with Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo

Guelph City Council is being asked to throw its support behind a bid to host the Canada Summer Games in 2021.

The Regional Sports Tourism Office will make a presentation to the city's public services committee on April 4 asking Guelph to back looking into the possibility of bidding to host the games, along with Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.

The Regional Sports Tourism Office is a joint venture between the four municipalities created to attract sports tourism to the region.

The Canada Summer Games take place every four years and features 3,500 athletes, 1,000 coaches and 450 officials taking part in 19 different sports.

"Canada Games is the largest multi-sport event in Canada that targets the next generation of champions," says the report, part of a presentation the tourism office will to the committee.

"It is a national event that is celebrated locally and regionally, and is designed to leave a lasting legacy in its host communities."

The report says the event attracts 20,000 spectators and uses 6,000 volunteers.

The Regional Sports Tourism Office report says the last Canada Summer Games in Prince George, B.C., brought $83 million to the region.

In addition to the money it brings, the report cites several other benefits, including increased tourism, volunteer engagement, civic pride, job creation and investing in sport and youth.

It says the region already has most of the facilities needed to host the games.

Letters of intent to make a bid to host the games is due May 20. A short list will be announced in January 2017 and the successful bid will be announced in April 2017.