A potential Toronto bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be considered by the City Council's Economic Development Committee, it was announced today.
Toronto, which hosted a successful Pan American Games in 2015, is facing opposition from Victoria for the Canadian nomination.
The Economic Development Committee met today and decided that it should be briefed on the matter before going to the Council.
Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) chief executive Brian MacPherson told insidethegames the organisation is pleased there is interest from Toronto to explore the feasibility of a bid for the 2022 Games.
"If they should decide to move forward, CGC will be pleased to provide them with support to develop a strong, winnable bid," he said.
The CGC has held preliminary discussions with Toronto and Victoria about putting them forward as its candidate.
Victoria hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1994, the last time they were held in Canada.
It is the capital of British Columbia and located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast.
A bid from the city will depend on the outcome of the British Columbia general election due to take place tomorrow.
The British Columbia Liberal Party, seeking to win a fifth consecutive election, have included the Commonwealth Games in their manifesto.
Nils Jensen, the Mayor of Oak Bay which is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, told radio station CFAX 1070 that Victoria has the means to make the 2022 Commonwealth Games happen.
He and other politicians discussed the bid in a meeting yesterday.
"We are gathering information and we will make a determination if a formal bid will go forward," Jensen said.
"We are very fortunate in Victoria as we have great experience with this.
"We have great facilities and the most important part maybe is that we have the volunteers that came forward when we hosted the Games in 94."
Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester in England have all declared they would like to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games and London may also enter the bidding.
Commonwealth Games England are expected to discuss which bid to back at its next Board meeting tomorrow.
Birmingham's bid to host has received the full backing of newly-elected West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.
The Conservative Party candidate, the former managing director of retailer John Lewis, was elected on Friday (May 5) with a narrow victory over Labour opponent Siôn Simon by 238,628 votes to 234,862.
The West Midlands Metropolitan Borough includes Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, as well as Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.
Street wants the whole region to come together to unite behind Birmingham's bid to replace Durban as the host city for 2022.
Greater Manchester also elected a new Mayor, former Labour Member of Parliament Andy Burnham.
He gained 63 per cent of the vote.
Another Labour politician, Steve Rotheram, was elected as the first Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.
Both support their city's respective Commonwealth Games bids.
Burnham, however, said during the election campaign he was not in favour of a "Northern Powerhouse" bid with Liverpool and Manchester sharing events after the latter city staged the 2002 Games.
Malaysia, whose capital city Kuala Lumpur staged the 1998 Commonwealth Games, also submitted interest by the deadline on April 28.
A panel of international experts and Commonwealth Games Federation staff are expected to investigate the bids put forward by the countries before making a recommendation to the Executive Board.
Due to the unexpectedly high interest, a decision, originally expected to be made by mid-summer, is now due to be made in the autumn.
Durban were stripped of the Games due to a lack of financial guarantees.