Curling Canada, World Curling Federation extend partnership with eight-year agreement

A valuable and beneficial partnership between the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada has been extended for the long-term after reaching an eight-year agreement, it was announced today at the World Curling Congress in Cancun, Mexico.

Canada will host a world men’s or women’s championship each year through 2028, it was jointly announced today by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada at the World Curling Congress in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo, Curling Canada/Michael Burns)

The two organizations will continue working together in staging a world championship in Canada through 2028.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Curling Canada, which guarantees a women’s or men’s world championship host in Canada every season,” said World Curling Federation President Kate Caithness. “The World Curling Championships are our flagship events and Curling Canada has proved time and time again their skill in showcasing these events.

“Over the years they have taken our world championships to a vast array of communities across Canada and have drawn upon deep-rooted curling traditions in the country. I am very much looking forward to our continued partnership.”

The new agreement continues what has been an enduring working relationship since 2005. Since then, Canada has played host to either the world men’s or world women’s curling championship on an annual basis.

“Curling Canada is pleased to extend it’s long-standing partnership with the World Curling Federation and continue welcoming the world’s best curling teams to our nation for world-class events,” said Curling Canada CEO Katherine Henderson. “An eight-year agreement is monumental because it ensures we will continue building on our well-established partnership with the World Curling Federation. Together we’ll continue to grow and develop the sport of curling both in Canada and across the world for many years to come.”

This season, Prince George, B.C., will host the 2020 World Women’s Curling Championship, March 14-22 at the CN Centre.

“From Victoria, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova Scotia, many cities across the country have seen the benefits of hosting world curling championships,” said Maureen Miller, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors. “We’re proud of the role we play in bringing these events to Canada. These championships allow our communities to thrive on the world stage and build curling legacies that will last a lifetime.”

The bid process for national and world curling events for the 2020-21 season is currently underway. More information about bidding for the 2022 world championship in Canada – along with other Curling Canada events – will be available in early 2020.