Mayor Kennedy Stewart announces $5 million effort to support Province in bid to land 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Brennagh Bailey
March 18, 2022

Vancouver, BC; March 15, 2022 – To help bolster the Government of B.C.’s efforts to land FIFA 2026 World Cup games in our province, Mayor Stewart today announced his intention to contribute up to $5 million in local funding contributions.

To bring FIFAs 2015 Women’s Women’s World Cup to Vancouver, the City contributed funding alongside the federal and provincial governments including $1.5 million dollars in operating funds.

“Our starting point for the 2026 World Cup was for the event to come at no additional cost, but given the tremendous opportunity we have to support the province and our hard-hit tourism sector, I am proud to announce that in the coming weeks I will recommend to Council that we triple our 2015 World Cup investment and commit up to $5 million in contributions to secure 2026 matches for B.C.”

Mayor Stewart said that he agreed with the Premier that the World Cup is an important tool to help our tourism sector recover after more than two years of challenges, and noted that Vancouver has a strong track record of helping the Province land world class events.

“In 2015, Vancouver proudly hosted FIFAs Women’s World Cup, including the final match where USA defeated Japan 5-2,” said Mayor Stewart. “We have a chance to welcome the world back to BC in 2026, and I want to do everything I can to make that happen.”

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