(Quebec) The Quebec government will not financially support Montreal’s bid to host matches of the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer, has learned The Press.
According to a government source close to the matter who did not have the authorization to speak about it publicly, Quebec would have informed the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, of its decision. The Legault government justified its choice by affirming that the relaunch of major events, such as festivals, would occupy all of its attention after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The financial contribution that was expected from the provincial government amounted to 103.4 million, we learned. To this amount, which was higher than what had been estimated in 2018, could be added other costs before the submission of a final specification in 2023.
The Soccer World Cup will be held in 2026 in North America. Several cities are candidates to host a few games, including Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto in Canada. The final list of host cities is expected to be unveiled in 2021, FIFA announced this week.