Tourism London will be seeking a $500,000 grant from the City to help cover the costs if a joint bid by London and Windsor to host the 2019 World Juniors is successful.
Tourism London is committing to put up $100,000.
“Clearly this event will stimulate economic activity,” says spokesperson John Winston.
“It’s proven to be the case in past years, and will prove to be again in 2019, actually it starts in December of 2018, but concludes in January of 2019.”
Winston added that support from the city would help drum up support from other levels of government.
“This will leverage at least an additional $1-million from the province, potentially more, based on the historical support of the event in different Ontario cities, but also federally. There’s really good potential here to really grab some major additional funding.”
The request is headed to Tuesday’s meeting of the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee.
Selected applicants for the tournament will have until Aug. 31st to complete and submit their proposal before Hockey Canada’s site-selection committee chooses a host, which will be announced by December 1st.
London has hosted two Memorial Cups in 2005 and 2014 along with the World Figure Skating Championships in 2013.