Toronto City Council approves next steps to define funding and partnership for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Toronto City Council says it has approved next steps to strengthen partnership and funding agreements between all levels of government and Canada Soccer ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

After approval by the council, the city said it planned to implement a “multi-party agreement” with the Ontario and federal governments to secure the necessary financial support for Toronto as one of the host cities for the tournament.

The Council also approved a city secretariat to coordinate Toronto’s host activities and associated financial support.

Toronto city officials said the 2026 World Cup is expected to create 3,300 jobs, book 292,000 overnight stays, generate projected municipal lodging tax (MAT) revenues of $3.5 million and generate $307 million in GDP for Toronto.

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Toronto, Vancouver Among Cities Selected to Host 2026 FIFA World Cup

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In mid-June, Toronto was selected by FIFA as one of the host cities for the 2026 Men’s World Cup tournament hosted by the North American nations of Canada, the US and Mexico. Vancouver was the only other Canadian city chosen because Edmonton was left out.

The expanded 48-team tournament will be played in 16 cities, including Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, New York/New Jersey, Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.

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Toronto Cost Estimates to Host 5 World Cup Games Go Up: City Staff

Toronto will host multiple games at BMO Field and a major fan festival in the city for the duration of the 32-day tournament, officials said.

The city said the total cost for the five games is expected to be around $300 million, and that figure is projected into $2026 as it includes inflation and 10 percent contingencies.

Exact dates for matches in Toronto will be determined at a later date.

“We will be ready to welcome the world to Toronto for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Now our employees can begin the important work of preparing with our partners for this global event and securing sponsorships and partnerships to help support this event.”

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