Pan and Parapan Am Games to Create Affordable Housing Legacy

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Pan and Parapan Am Games to Create Affordable Housing Legacy

McGuinty Government Building 353 Affordable Homes

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

More than 300 Ontario families will have a home as a result of the upcoming 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games.

Construction is now underway on the Athletes' Village, which will transform the West Don Lands into a vibrant, affordable, mixed-use residential community. During the games, the units will serve as temporary homes to athletes, coaches and sporting officials. Following the games, Wigwamen Community Housing Inc. and Fred Victor will own and operate 253 rental units, with a move-in date of spring 2016.

An additional 100 units under construction will be made available for affordable ownership in the heart of what will be known as The Canary District.

This project is part of the McGuinty government's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, which is making it easier for families to find and maintain an affordable and accessible home.

Quick Facts

  • The project will include one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units, addressing the need for mixed-use affordable housing within the city.
  • Ten per cent of these units will be fully accessible, housing para-athletes during the games and persons with disabilities after the games.
  • The Pan and Parapan Am Games will create 15,000 jobs and bring more than 250,000 tourists to the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is the first international multi-sporting event held in Ontario in more than 80 years.
  • Provincial support for this project is complemented by financial incentives from the city of Toronto, including waived permit fees and development charges.
  • Dundee Kilmer Developments was selected to design, build and finance the construction of the site through a fixed-price and fixed-date contract.

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Kathleen Wynne

“The McGuinty government continues to build affordable housing across the province to meet the needs of individuals and families. I’m pleased that our investment in the 2015 Pan and Parapan Am Games will help create a vibrant, diverse community that so many deserving people will be able to call home.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Charles Sousa

“The Ontario government is proud that the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games are accelerating the development of a vibrant new community in the West Don Lands. After hosting athletes and coaches during the “People’s Games”, the new Canary District will be a mixed-use community that will generate economic and social benefits for generations to come.”

Charles Sousa

Minister responsible for the Pan and Parapan American Games

“This new community in the West Don Lands will help further Wigwamen’s goal of providing decent and affordable housing for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families and individuals.”

Bill Kinoshameg

President, Wigwamen Housing Inc.

“Fred Victor is proud to have been chosen to transform the Pan and Parapan Am Athletes' Village into permanent, affordable housing. We have a strong record as a community organization that boldly and innovatively meets the needs of low-income people in Toronto both as a housing provider and as an organization that knows how to foster vibrant community life through practical and creative programs and services.”

Mark Aston

Executive Director, Fred Victor

“Our objective has always been to create the best community possible - one that is people focused and family friendly, with environmentally sustainable buildings and beautiful parks and public spaces. These affordable rental units will ensure that the West Don Lands is a liveable mixed-use neighbourhood for people of all ages and income levels, and they are a great legacy of the Athletes’ Village project.”

John Campbell

President and CEO, Waterfront Toronto

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