Canada will welcome the world's best figure skaters ©Getty Images

The Canadian city of Montreal has been awarded the 2020 International Skating Union (ISU) World Figure Skating Championships.

Skate Canada has confirmed that the event will be held at the Bell Centre, between March 16 and 22.

"Canada is thrilled to once again host the ISU World Figure Skating Championships," said Debra Armstrong, chief executive of Skate Canada. 

"Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world's best skaters to Montreal in 2020.

"Montreal is a fantastic Canadian city with all the elements required to execute an excellent event and we know athletes and fans alike will enjoy all aspects of the Championships. 

"We hope to inspire not only Canadians but people around the world to embrace the joy of skating."

The ISU World Figure Skating Championships is an annual event which attracts more than 150 million television viewers worldwide.

It showcases the 200 best athletes from 50 countries in four disciplines: men's, women's, pairs and ice dance.

"Montreal is an Olympic city of passionate fans who are particularly fond of ice sports," said Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal.

"That's why I am so pleased that our metropolis is hosting the Championships at the Bell Centre.

"I am sure there will be plenty of magic on the ice, to the audience's delight."

Montreal has been allocated the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships  ©Skate Canada
Montreal has been allocated the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships ©Skate Canada

Skate Canada has a long history of hosting ISU events, having previously held the World Figure Skating Championships 10 times. 

Canada also hosts the Skate Canada International every year, one of the stops on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circiut.

Yves Lalumière, President and chief executive of Tourism Montreal, said being selected to host the World Championships proved that the city in Quebec is a "centre of excellence for organsing major international events". 

"This is excellent news," he said.

"Not only because it will boost the city's exposure, but also because it reaffirms our expertise in attracting large-scale events. 

"We are delighted to welcome the world's best skaters to our hometown and are confident their stay in Montreal will be unforgettable."

Montreal previously hosted the World Championships in 1932.

Canada last did so in London, Ontario, in 2013.