Tourism London is a step closer to getting the cash it wants to help bolster its joint bid for the 2019 World Juniors.
A proposal asking the city for a $500,000 grant was presented to the Community and Protective Services Committee Tuesday, after having already planned to contribute $100,000 out of its own budget.
The London-Windsor proposal received unanimous support at the committee level and will now go to full council.
Mayor Matt Brown attended the committee discussion and voiced his support.
“I know that we’re a sports city. We have an army of volunteers that would be ready to come forward to put our best foot forward as a community, and we’ve got great leadership from Tourism London, so I’m very happy to support this.”
John Winston, General Manager of Tourism London tells AM980 the city’s backing will help them leverage funding from the province and Ottawa down the road.
“We’re probably looking in excess of $10-million to put the event on. And coupled with ticket sales we’re looking at an economic impact that could generate between $25 to $30-million, so I think the $500,000 investment is a pretty reasonable one.”
Selected applicants for the tournament will have until August 31st to complete and submit their proposal before Hockey Canada’s site-selection committee chooses a host, which will be announced by December 1st, 2016.
Montreal and Toronto will joint host this year’s tournament while Buffalo will host in 2017-18.
The tournament London and Windsor are bidding for would commence over the Christmas holidays in 2018 and wrap up in 2019.