For these reasons.. Canada’s major cities refuse to host the 2026 World Cup
It seems that the idea of organizing the World Cup is collapsing little by little in Canada, as the second major city announced its withdrawal from organizing the joint football wedding with the United States and Mexico, leaving Canada in a dilemma to find alternative cities to host. The Canadian Football Association said on Tuesday that Montreal, Canada’s second largest city, withdrew its bid to host matches in the 2026 World Cup. Montreal’s withdrawal comes as a major blow to the Canadian organization, after the third largest Canadian city, Vancouver, had also announced its withdrawal earlier. The Canadian Federation indicated that the decision was due to a lack of financial support from the Quebec provincial government. “We know that our withdrawal from the World Cup is a disappointment to the city of Montreal and the football fans in the province, but it will be difficult for us to justify the high costs of the event for our citizens,” said Caroline Bruhl, Minister of Tourism for the province of Quebec. The Canadian Federation added in a statement: “The Canadian Federation informed FIFA of Montreal’s decision to withdraw its bid to host matches in the 2026 World Cup. FIFA thanked Montreal for its participation in the process from the beginning and all concerned parties in the city for their support and assistance.” The withdrawal has put Canada in trouble, as it may have to take refuge in Toronto, the largest Canadian city, which does not have a suitable stadium for the big event. The Canadian Federation said that it will conduct visits to stadiums in the proposed cities from September to November 2021, with the aim of completing the selection process for stadiums by early 2022. Canada, Mexico and the United States jointly organize the 2026 World Cup.