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2022 Arctic Winter Games Bid

Wood Buffalo has submitted a bid to host the 2022 Arctic Winter Games and our community needs your help to make it happen. Let’s show the Arctic Winter Games International Committee that Wood Buffalo has the experience, energy and excitement to host these Games.

The 2022 Arctic Winter Games Bid Tour is coming to Wood Buffalo January 15, 2019. Let's welcome them with 3500 pledges of support and the traditional warmth of a northern community. Pledge your support for Wood Buffalo’s bid here.


Honouring the heart and spirit of the Games, Wood Buffalo will enrich lives by promoting personal excellence, cultural diversity and creating a legacy for athletes, participants, volunteers and the Wood Buffalo Region

In sharing the energy of our great northern community, we will create a memorable athletic, cultural and social experience while fostering a sense of accomplishment for local and visiting participants.
  • Access and Equity
  • Cultural Diversity, Inclusion and Awareness
  • Fairplay
  • History
  • Honesty
  • Legacy
  • Personal Excellence
  • Respect for Self and Others

Wood Buffalo’s 2022 Arctic Winter Games bid is being led by the Wood Buffalo Bid Committee. The committee includes a diverse group of stakeholders, all bringing various expertise and experience to Wood Buffalo’s bid for the 2022 Arctic Winter Games. 

What are the Arctic Winter Games? The Arctic Winter Games are the largest northern multi-sport and culture event in the world. Over 2000 athletes from the circumpolar north will compete in traditional Arctic Sports, Dene games, and other popular winter sports over the span of seven days. The Games promote an exchange of cultural values and relationships through friendly competition and social interaction.

Who participates in the Arctic Winter Games?
Alaska, Greenland, Northern Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavik, Nunavut, Sapmi, Yamal and Yukon.
When are the Games held? The Games are held every two years and usually happen in March. The proposed dates included in Wood Buffalo’s bid are March 13 to March 19, 2022
What sports will be held in 2022? The proposed sports included in Wood Buffalo’s bid are: 


  • Alpine Skiing
  • Archery
  • Arctic Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Curling
  • Dene Games
  • Dog mushing
  • Figure Skating
  • Futsal (Indoor Soccer)
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey 
  • Short Track Speedskating
  • Ski Biathlon
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoe Biathlon
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

In addition to sports, the 2022 Arctic Winter Games will include numerous culture activities and social events. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will ​feature local performers who will showcase Wood Buffalo's rich and diverse culture!

Why is Wood Buffalo submitting a bid for the 2022 Arctic Winter Games? The benefits of bidding and hosting the Games align closely with the RMWB’s long-term goals around economic opportunity, sport development, social development, rural and Indigenous partnerships and cultural enrichment.
Strategic Priority 3f in the RMWB 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, includes a commitment to host and attract major multi-sport and cultural events that support arts and culture development, contribute to increased tourism and generate prosperity for the region along with improved reputation and branding.
Who decided to submit a bid for the Games? Aligned with Strategic Priority 3f in the RMWB 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, Council approved the motion to submit a bid for the 2022 Arctic Winter Games on October 23, 2018.
How much will it cost to host the Arctic Winter Games? The total cost of hosting the Games is typically between  $5 - $8 million dollars. Council approved up to a maximum of $4 million dollars for operating and capital costs associated with hosting the Games. The Alberta provincial government will contribute $1.8 million to the winning community and a significant portion of the costs will be covered through grants, sponsorships, and gift-in-kind contributions. If our bid is successful, the Host Society will present a finalized budget to Council. 
What is the economic impact of hosting the Games? Past Games have had economic impacts ranging from $7.65 million to $14.3 million for the local economies. The 2018 Arctic Winter Games held in South Slave generated an economic impact of $14.3 million for the local economy. Fort McMurray Tourism conducted a preliminary economic impact assessment using the STEAM model and the output estimate was a $13.2 million economic input for the Wood Buffalo economy.


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