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How did the CNJF go from a budget of 17 million to 130 million to 62 million?

The 17 million was not submitted by the CNJF. It was the budget included in the bid book submitted by the government of N.B. in 2015.

In March 2017, the CNJF, a non-profit organization created in 2017, submitted a business plan that included a budget of 130 million. A business plan that was reviewed and validated by an external expert hired by the government of Canada. This amount included the operational budget, value-in-kind contributions and a series of infrastructure projects. The plan was always meant to be a starting point for negotiations.

In response to other amounts being conveyed by the governments of Canada and N.B., the CNJF reworked the budget and arrived at an amount of 62 million. This amount did not include value-in-kind contributions nor did it include the remaining infrastructure projects to be negotiated with funders.

What are the Games of La Francophonie?

New Brunswick has been selected by the Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie (OIF) to host the 9th Games of La Francophonie. The Games are one of the largest sporting and cultural events in the member nations and states of the OIF (88), bringing together athletes and artists of all languages to celebrate culture and sport. New Brunswick will host the Games in Moncton-Dieppe over 10 days from Friday, July 23, to Sunday, August 1, 2021.

Who participates in the Games?

The Games of La Francophonie bring together more than 3,000 top athletes and artists from more than 50 nations and states. The Games include 8 sports, 12 cultural events, and is open to representatives from member nations and states of the OIF, regardless of their spoken language. More than 150,000 spectators are expected at the different sporting, cultural and side events.

Why the difference in the bid proposal and the business plan?

The bid proposal prepared and presented by the government of New Brunswick in 2015 included a cost estimate that was based on the conventional budget outlined by the Comité International de La Francophonie (CIJF). The subsequent business plan, developed by the Organizing Committee of the 2021 Games of La Francophonie (CNJF) in 2017 and by international experts, included a more in-depth analysis and information. The Committee understands the concerns about the costs, and is committed to working with federal, provincial and municipal partners to explore all options.

Who is on the board of directors of the CNJF?

The board of directors of the CNJF is comprised of 11 volunteer members. Five representatives nominated by the Province of New Brunswick, 4 representatives nominated by the Government of Canada, and one member each representing the cities of Moncton and Dieppe.

What was the formula used to calculate spinoff benefits?

The CNJF used a model developed by The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) that enables Bid Committees or Local Organizing Committees to project the economic impact that the staging of such a sporting event may generate within a community. The MEETS/STEAM 2.0 Model – Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model allows to measure in advance the potential economic activity that the event may generate and, through the results of an appropriate survey conducted during the event, to assess to what extent the economic impact expectations actually materialized.

Since 2006, this model has been used to evaluate the economic impact of more than 200 events of various sizes such as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup held in Canada, 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship held in Kamloops (British Columbia), 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend that was held in Toronto (Ontario) and the 2017 World Junior A Challenge held in Truro (Nova Scotia).

For more information, please visit: https://canadiansporttourism.com/industry-tools/economic-impact.html

What is the report from the expert firm MNP?

Such as required as part of the analysis of a request for funding for large scale games, the federal government requested that the expert firm MNP review the business plan submitted by the Organizing Committee of the 2021 Games of La Francophonie (CNJF). MNP’s report was shared with the funding partners in late October 2018. It found that the work of the Committee was rigorous and thorough, and that there are a range of possible cost scenarios. The Committee is currently reviewing the report and reassessing the estimate for the Games. The Committee remains in discussions with funders to ensure that the Games are aligned with their expectations and resources, while also generating maximum spinoff benefits for the region.