Montréal named top sport city in Canada for a third straight year

published on April 15, 2020
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Montréal is a city that’s serious about sports, with 12 national training centres, 60 provincial sport federations and associations, an Olympic legacy that lives on in world-class facilities plus proven organizational and technical expertise. Each year, the city attracts major national and international sporting events in a variety of disciplines.  

So it’s no wonder that Montréal was named “Canadian Sport City 2020” for the third consecutive year, according to the Canadian Sport Hosting Index (CSHI), first developed by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) in 2018.  

Top host city for sporting events 

The CSHI ranks cities based on national championships and international competitions hosted in 2019 as well as national championships and international events awarded for 2020 and beyond. Each city receives a score and ranking within its respective CSTA membership category on an annual basis. This year, 122 cities participated, with 561 national championships and 429 international events included in the compilation of the Canadian Sport Hosting Index. Montréal led the way in cities with a population of over 500,000. 

A bright future for sports in Montréal 

Sport tourism is a power economic engine, generating over $6.8 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the sports sector hard – like many industries – the team at Sports Events Montréal remains hopeful for the future, confident that sports events will play a key role in economic recovery plans for Montréal and cities around the world.   

The Canadian Sport Hosting Index is available on the CSTA website. 

2020 Canadian Sport Hosting Index (overall) 

2020 Canadian Sport Hosting Index (national) 

2020 Canadian Sport Hosting Index (international) 

*The index was compiled prior to the cancellation of numerous sport events in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

To find our more about hosting a sports event in Montréal, contact Andréanne Paquet (Manager, Sports Market): 


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