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Should Toronto pursue a World Expo or Olympic bid?

01/20/2014 03:03 EST | Updated 03/22/2014 05:59 EDT
The city’s economic development committee is deciding today whether Toronto should consider putting together a bid to host the 2025 World Expo or the Olympics in 2024.

The cost of a competitive Expo bid will be at least $10 million and it will cost at least $1 million to get through some of the initial pre-bid preparation work.

But the report says that if Toronto did host the World Expo, it would boost the city’s profile and would likely create new business opportunities.

An Olympic bid would be even more costly, estimated to be between $50 million and $60 million when all is said and done. Like the World Expo, it would cost $1 million to do some of the key, pre-bid work.

Toronto has made a handful of Olympic bids in the past, most recently when the city lost out to Beijing for the chance to host the summer games in 2008.

If the committee decides that the city should consider exploring a World Expo or Olympic bid, it will pass its recommendation on to council to consider.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly released a statement Monday saying that "now is not the right time" for Toronto to pursue a bid to host either the Expo or the Olympics.

But he said it might be a possibility after the city has hosted the Pan Am Games next year.

"Only after the 2015 Pan Am Games can we further explore the feasibility of hosting either the Olympics or the World Expo in the future," Kelly said in the statement.

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