City of Whitehorse and Government of Yukon congratulate Bid Committee on 2027 Canada Winter Games submission

The Government of Yukon and the City of Whitehorse would like to thank the 2027 Canada Winter Games Bid Committee for sharing its proposal to host the 2027 Canada Winter Games.

This national-class sporting event will see more than 2,000 of Canada’s most promising athletes challenge themselves and each other across 21 different sports.

The bid committee has put together a proposal that showcases our community spirit, builds on our work towards reconciliation and highlights Whitehorse and the Yukon. As host city, these games can also create a lasting legacy for our community including new memories, experiences, and community and recreational facilities.

Whitehorse City Council and the Government of Yukon will now work together to review the proposal in detail and determine the best way forward to realize the Canada Winter Games in the Yukon.

Congratulations and thank you to the bid committee for their hard work, dedication and commitment.

The vision Piers McDonald and the bid committee team are submitting to the Canada Games Council is an exciting one that embraces values the Government of Yukon shares, including reconciliation, connection and resilience. The bid also includes an important focus on ensuring the Games bring long-term transformative legacies to our territory. To support this bid, substantial contributions will need to be made by all levels of government, including our federal and municipal partners. I now look forward to working collaboratively with the City of Whitehorse, the federal government and our First Nations partners to make this bold vision a reality.

Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn

The Canada Winter Games are an opportunity to show our support for Canada’s top athletes and put Whitehorse on the national stage. This proposal breaks down the economic, community, and social benefits of the games and why Whitehorse would make a great host city. On behalf of residents, I want to thank the bid committee, and the Chair Piers McDonald for all their work and I look forward to considering this proposal to bring these games to life.

City of Whitehorse Mayor Laura Cabott

Quick facts 
  • The local bid committee is responsible for preparing and submitting a comprehensive proposal to the Canada Games Council which makes the final decision on what community will host the games.

  • The Canada Winter Games were previously held in Whitehorse in 2007.

  • Each Canada Winter Games features two weeks of competition, between 16 and 19 sports, 3,600 winter participants including athletes, coaches and managers and over 5,000 volunteers.

  • The Canada Winter Games can provide enormous benefits to the host territory or province. They can generate significant economic spending and leave behind important legacies such as affordable housing and sport infrastructure.

  • The Canada Games Council, a private, non-profit organization, is the governing body for the Canada Games. Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes.

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca


Odile Nelson
Communications, Community Services
867-332-0886
odile.nelson@yukon.ca 


Oshea Jephson
Manager Strategic Communications
City of Whitehorse
867-689-0515
oshea.jephson@whitehorse.ca 

News release #: 
22-302