Only 1 of Calgary's 14 wards voted in favour of the 2026 Olympic bid

Nov 16 2018, 8:47 pm

While the “Against” side may have won out in Calgary’s Olympics plebiscite by a margin of 12.8% on Tuesday — with 43.6% of voters casting ballots for the bid, and 56.4% voting against — the numbers-by-ward are a different story altogether.

According to the official results released by the City of Calgary at 3 pm on Friday, November 16 (which ended up being the same numbers as the unofficial results released on Tuesday night), it appears that only one of Calgary’s 14 wards saw the majority of residents in favour of Calgary making a bid for the 2026 Winter Games.

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The standout ward was Ward 8, which Councillor Evan Woolley represents at City Hall.

Woolley had been chair of city council’s Olympic Assessment Committee, though was ultimately the one to recommend reconsidering the entire plan a week prior to the plebiscite due to a lack of funding agreements between Calgary, the Province of Alberta, and the Federal Government.

Ward 8 voted 12,461 for the bid (55.5%) and 9,992 against (44.5%), being the only Calgary Ward to see majority support for the Olympics returning to the city in 2026.

Wards 4, 9, 10, and 13 were all significantly against the bid, while Wards 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8,  11, and 14 all saw the for and against sides within 20% of each other.

The full results by ward can be found on Elections Calgary’s website, and percentages (rounded to the nearest 0.1%) can be found below:

Ward 1: 46.7% for, 53.3% against
Ward 2: 
42.6% for, 57.4% against
Ward 3: 
41.9% for, 52.1% against
Ward 4: 
40% for, 60% against
Ward 5: 
41% for, 59% against
Ward 6: 
48% for, 52% against
Ward 7: 
49.5% for, 50.5% against
Ward 8: 
55.5% for, 44.5% against
Ward 9: 
37.1% for, 62.9% against
Ward 10: 
34.7% for, 65.3% against
Ward 11: 
43.4% for, 56.6% against
Ward 12: 
44.1% for, 55.9% against
Ward 13: 37.8% for, 62.2% against
Ward 14: 
42.1% for, 57.9% against