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Province seeks refund from Olympic bid

Calgary, Canada - March 1, 2015: People enjoying the skiing at Canada Olympic Park on March 1, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta. Visible are skiers at the base of the hill. Ski jump towers are on the top left. (PHOTO: User jewhyte, iStock)
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The province is looking for an Olympic refund.

About $5 million was given to the City of Calgary last spring and another $2 million was paid to the bid corporation

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The province is looking for an Olympic refund.

About $5 million was given to the City of Calgary last spring and another $2 million was paid to the Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid Corporation.

Since the Notley government had committed to paying one-third of the total cost of the bid, it says it will cover one-third of the final costs of the failed effort.

In an emailed statement this morning a spokesperson for cabinet said they hope to receive a partial refund over the next couple of months when an audit of the bid corporation is complete.

The province also paid $2 million to the city to cover the costs of a plebiscite and is expecting to receive a report on that in the coming weeks.