Not since 2000 has the Ontario Winter Games been in Sault Ste. Marie. Will 2018 be our year?
The hosting grant is $900,000 from the Ministry of Torism in Ontario.
What will it bring to the community:
- 2,700 to 3,500 participants
- 22 to 27 sports
- 12,000 visitor nights
- $6-million economic impact
This will be said to also develop a volunteer base in our community.
The bid document is over 100 pages and has to be submitted tomorrow to the ministry.
It will have one full-time staff to assist in administration if we do get the bid so as to not tax the city staff further.
The revenue projections are as follows:
- $900,000 operating grant
- $200,000 in registration fees
- $150,000 from the city
- $50,000 from tourism Sault Ste. Marie
- $75,000 in sponsorship
- $100,000 in provincial support
- $5,000 in merchandising
Two events that cannot be hosted is 5-pin bowling and wheelchair curling.