Interested in the Olympic Plebiscite?
Ward 9 2026 Olympic Bid Engagement Open House
There will be a 2026 Olympic Bid Engagement Open House in Ward 9
When: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Hotel Blackfoot, 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
The Open House will follow a similar format to the City’s Engage events. Everyone is free to move around at their leisure.
There will be city staff on hand to facilitate. They will answer questions and direct attendees to information boards which will have much of the material you can see on the online portal here: https://engage.calgary.ca/2026Games
The open houses are opportunities to provide hands-on feedback directly to staff. Usually there are forms with specific questions that attendees can complete and leave with staff. The five focus topics of the engagement are:
Venues and facilities
Olympic Public Engagement and Information
Do you want more information to answers like:
Why is Calgary considering hosting the Games again?
What are some of the proposed Olympic and Paralympic numbers in the Draft Hosting Plan?
Will hosting the Games help or hinder Calgary’s future?
Then please have a look at the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid engagement toolkit.
Through to October 28, Calgarians have the opportunity to learn more about The City’s analysis of the Calgary 2026 Draft Hosting Plan Concept (see below).
In addition, the online engagement portal was launched today, giving citizens a chance to review materials and offer input at their convenience through to October 28.
The engage website is calgary.ca/2026Games
The engage website is calgary.ca/2026Games
The City of Calgary’s Secretariat was established to examine Calgary 2026’s Draft Hosting Plan Concept and provide advice to City Council and the Assessment Committee on opportunities, benefits, costs and risks associated with bidding and possibly hosting the Games. The Secretariat also ensures Council and the Assessment Committee have the information they need to make the decision on whether or not to bid.
The Secretariat has undertaken a thorough analysis of the draft hosting plan. It has worked with City of Calgary staff in all departments and external consultants with Games experience to determine and assess benefits and risks inherent in the draft hosting plan. It has also worked with other orders of government, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
There have been some external comments about how the information is being presented through the public engagement platform, specifically around categorizing potential benefits and risks associated with hosting the Games.
Should The City decide to submit a bid, and it is successful, the draft hosting plan would continue to evolve. The examples of benefits and risks listed in the engagement materials are provided to achieve a balanced approach. The examples are “potential” and not intended to be taken as exhaustive.
What are the next steps?
Mark your calendars - November 13, 2018 is vote day!
What’s on the ballot?
The question on the ballot will be:
Are you for or are you against Calgary hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?
__ I am for Calgary hosting
__ I am against Calgary hosting
November 6 and 7 – Advance Vote 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (14 locations, one in each ward)
November 6 – Mount Royal University 11 a.m. - 5p.m.
November 7 – University of Calgary 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Senior’s Accommodation Vote (November 6 & 7) – list of residences will be added to the website shortly.
Applications are now open and can be made online, in person or over the phone until November 13, 2018 at noon.
Ballot packages must be received at the Elections Office by 4 pm on November 13, 2018.
If the mail strike occurs arrangements have been made to deliver the packages to Calgary addresses via courier.
Time: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
160 locations across the City.
Voters must vote at their designated voting station.
Hospital Vote: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (rotating) Foothills, Peter Lougheed, Rockyview, South Health Campus
A Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age who has resided in Alberta for a least the last 6 months (since May 13, 2018) and lives in a Calgary Voting Subdivision on Vote Day.
How to Vote
For the first time, Elections Calgary will be using vote tabulators to compile the results. Voters will be provided a paper ballot and they will mark their choice on the ballot. The ballot will then be run through the tabulator, if there are no errors, the ballot is accepted into the ballot box. If the ballot has been marked improperly (e.g. too many choices) the ballot will be returned to the voter and the voter will be given an opportunity to correctly mark a ballot and have it accepted by the tabulator.
Looking for information on The Games before you vote?
At the Voting Station, after the last voter leaves the station, the tabulator will generate results for the ballots received by it. Those results will be posted for scrutineers to read.
The results will be available on the Calgary.ca/vote2018 website and City social media channels. The legislation prevents the results being released voting station by voting station on Vote Day. When all results have been tabulated, which we are planning for at the latest 10 p.m., Elections Calgary will post on its social media channels that the results will be released in the next 15 minutes.
Public, Campaigns, and Media will all be encouraged to watch our Social Media Channels to ensure they are prepared.
Useful web links:
For more information, visit www.calgary.ca/vote2018 or call 311.