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Federal government providing $104M to help Toronto host six 2026 World Cup games

Written by on May 3, 2024

TORONTO — The federal government will provide the city of Toronto with $104 million to help host six matches at the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow and federal Sports Minister Carla Qualtrough made the funding announcement Friday at Toronto’s BMO Field, where the matches will be held.

Toronto has estimated its part of hosting the elite international soccer competition will cost $380 million, an increase of $80 million compared to a 2022 forecast.

In February, the provincial government committed $97 million in funding for the event.

Vancouver will also host games at the elite international soccer competition, which Canada is co-hosting with the United States and Mexico. Officials announced Tuesday that hosting seven World Cup games at BC Place Stadium could cost up to $581 million, more than double the estimate from two years ago.

The federal government committed to providing $116 million in funding for the Vancouver matches.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 3, 2024.

The Canadian Press