News Release
May 3, 2024

Mayor Olivia Chow and Federal Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, Carla Qualtrough, convened at Toronto Stadium (BMO Field) at Exhibition Place today to unveil $104.34 million in federal funding for Toronto to host six games in the FIFA World Cup 26™ (FWC26). The Mayor and Federal Minister Qualtrough were joined by Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Neil Lumsden.

This funding commitment will bolster both operational and capital expenditures related to Toronto’s hosting of this global marquee event. The announcement formalized the all-of-government partnership to deliver Toronto’s matches and ancillary events.

In February, the Provincial government announced its commitment to support the FWC26 in Toronto by allocating $97 million in funding. These funds are intended to enhance the infrastructure and logistics necessary to ensure the successful hosting of the event, reflecting the significant economic and cultural benefits associated with hosting a FIFA World Cup™.

Toronto will host six matches in the FWC26 kicking off June 12, 2026, including the first-ever FIFA World Cup™ men’s match on Canadian soil with the opening match of Canada’s Men’s National Team. The games in Toronto conclude with a knockout round of 32 match on July 2, 2026.

Hosting the FIFA World Cup is expected to bring significant economic, cultural and community benefits to Toronto that will help to enhance the City’s global profile. The economic impact is projected to aid the City’s long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic particularly benefiting the tourism, hospitality and entertainment sectors. As with any major event, the City is working with partners to balance costs and benefits while ensuring that any public investment yields significant legacies and community benefits for Torontonians.

Based on the original assumption of five matches being held in Toronto, the FWC26 games in Toronto are anticipated to create more than 3,585 jobs, attract more than 300,000 out-of-town visitors and generate approximately $393 million in gross domestic product (GDP) for the city. The Province of Ontario is also expected to benefit with more than $456 million in GDP. The combined efforts of Vancouver and Toronto are projected to contribute over $1.2 billion to Canada’s GDP. More than 3.5 billion people watch the FIFA World Cup™ every four years.

Up-to-date tournament information is available on the FWC26 Toronto Instagram account. Tournament hashtags are #WeAre26 and #WeAreToronto. More information is available on the FIFA World Cup 26 Toronto™ webpage.


“We’re thrilled to receive this funding from the Government of Canada. This support will help Toronto host a winning FIFA World Cup in 2026 and showcase our city to the world. The tournament will leave a lasting legacy, providing economic opportunities, cultural enrichment and a sense of pride in our community. Toronto is ready to shine on the world stage and we’re grateful for the support to make this a reality.”
– Mayor Olivia Chow

“The Government of Canada is proud to contribute over $104 million to the FIFA World Cup 26 in Toronto. As one of Canada’s top destinations and home to many culturally diverse and vibrant communities, Toronto will welcome the world in true Canadian spirit. The event will generate significant economic impact for communities across the province. Canadians will witness history made when Toronto hosts the first-ever FIFA World Cup match to take place in Canada. We can’t wait for Toronto to kick things off for Canada in 2026!”
– The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity

“FIFA World Cup 26 in Toronto presents an unparalleled opportunity for our province to demonstrate why we are a leading destination for major sporting events. Our government is proud to partner with the City of Toronto to deliver an experience that brings Ontarians – and the world – together to celebrate a shared passion for sport, while producing significant economic benefits for Toronto and communities across the Greater Toronto Area.”
– The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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