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Toronto gets $104 million from feds to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

The federal government announced that Toronto will receive $104 million in funding to help the city host six matches of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow and federal Sports Minister Carla Qualtrough provided the funding update Friday at BMO Field in Toronto, where the games will be held. Also present was Neil Lumsden, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sports.

“We are delighted 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,” said Mayor Chow.

“The tournament will leave a lasting legacy, providing economic opportunity, cultural enrichment and a sense of pride in our community. “Toronto is ready to shine on the world stage and we are grateful for the support to make this a reality.”

In February, the provincial government awarded Toronto $97 million to support hosting games at BMO Field.

FIFA World Cup will bring “economic, cultural and community benefits to Toronto”

Toronto has estimated its share of hosting the elite international soccer competition will cost $380 million, an increase of $80 million compared to the 2022 forecast.

Chow recently announced new monitoring and advisory groups to help prepare for this increasingly costly event.

A city spokesperson said hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2026 will bring “significant economic, cultural and community benefits” and create more than 3,500 jobs.

BMO Field in Toronto will be the host stadium where the 2026 FIFA World Cup matches will be played. Photo: Flickr.

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

Vancouver will also host matches in the elite international soccer competition, which Canada organizes together with the United States and Mexico.

Officials announced Tuesday that hosting seven World Cup matches at BC Place Stadium could cost up to $581 million, more than double what was estimated two years ago.

The combined efforts of Vancouver and Toronto are expected to contribute more than $1.2 billion to Canada’s GDP.

With files from The Canadian Press