The Canada Games has an established rotation cycle, that is, the province or territory that is designated to host a particular Games is identified many years in advance of the bid process. Typically, bids are then accepted from communities within that province or territory.
The bid preparation begins over five years in advance of the Games. At that time, the Canada Games Council forwards the Bid Procedures and Requirements (which includes the list of sports and facilities and the financial framework for the Games) and invites the responsible provincial government to nominate up to three municipalities that the province is prepared to support as possible Games hosts. If more than three municipalities are interested in bidding for the Games, the provincial government must conduct some type of short-listing selection process.
Once the three finalists are known, the Council conducts an evaluation of each bid, including site visits to each bidding municipality. The evaluation looks objectively at dozens of areas within the following five major categories: participant care and comfort; logistics, technical and operational; finance, budgeting and marketing; leadership and community support; and legacy.
The Council’s final evaluation report and recommendation are forwarded to the host provincial minister, who makes the final site selection decision.
Since 2009 was Prince Edward Island’s turn to host a Summer Games, the Provincial Government formed a Bid Committee, proposing a plan to the Canada Games Council which would see the entire province, not one municipality, host the 2009 Games. The awarding of the Games to Prince Edward Island took place on August 21, 2006 and represents the first time a province-wide bid was accepted.
The Prince Edward Island 2009 Canada Games Host Society was formed shortly thereafter, to plan and operate the 2009 Games.
2011 Canada Winter Games: Halifax, Nova Scotia
2013 Canada Summer Games: Quebec (bid process to begin in 2008)