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Statement by Canada’s Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan on United 2026

United 2026 FIFA World Cup bid

Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science & Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Government of Canada, has released a statement on the successful United 2026 bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Statement by Kirsty Duncan

Our government is pleased that the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has selected Canada, Mexico and the United States to co-host the 2026 FIFA World CupTM.

We are excited to have been chosen as host country alongside our North American neighbours. This opportunity will allow the Government of Canada to continue playing a crucial role in the development and success of athletes at an international level. Moreover, this event will potentially provide Canadian athletes the opportunity to play on home soil, allow Canada’s soccer communities to grow and inspire our next generation of athletes.

The Government of Canada will provide up to $5 million to support continued development of event plans and budgets that will inform future decisions around specific funding for the event.

As a proud supporter of the United 2026 bid for the 2026 FIFA World CupTM, the Government of Canada would like to thank and congratulate United 2026 and Canada Soccer for their work to bring this event to North America.

This is an exciting time for Canada and for soccer fans across the country who will be watching and cheering our Canadian athletes.

(Office of the Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities)