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Supporting Urban Aboriginal Health, Culture and Economic Growth

Ontario Providing Land Located on Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Site

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario is moving forward on a historic project that will create more economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for urban Aboriginal Peoples.

The province is transferring a section of land on the site of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Athletes' Village to Anishnawbe Health Toronto where dynamic, world-class Aboriginal community health and cultural centres will be built following the Games.

The new Aboriginal Community Health Centre will provide access to traditional Aboriginal and modern health services. Working in partnership with the Ontario government, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, Aboriginal groups, and other public sector organizations, the Aboriginal community cultural hub could include spaces for education, social enterprises and the performing arts.

Infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • The new Aboriginal Community Health Centre will allow Anishnawbe Health Toronto to consolidate services from its three existing facilities under one roof. The 2.4-acre site is located at the corner of Front and Cherry streets.
  • The health centre and community hub will be a key legacy of the Games, providing a meaningful and lasting impact to generations of Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario.
  • Ontario provided $8.9 million in operational funding for Aboriginal Community Health Centres in 2012-13.
  • Other plans for the West Don Lands include residential units, commercial space, childcare and educational facilities, all surrounded by nearly 23 acres of parks and public spaces.
  • In 2011, Ontario provided Anishnawbe Health Toronto approval for a planning and design grant of up to $1.485 million for the planning of the new Aboriginal Community Health Centre.

Background Information

Additional Resources


Glen R. Murray

“Bringing health services, cultural and business facilities together in the West Don Lands will contribute to a vibrant neighbourhood and an enhanced quality of life — enriching both Aboriginal Peoples in Toronto and our city as a whole.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of Infrastructure, MPP for Toronto Centre

David Zimmer

“Upon completion, this facility will provide a permanent cultural space where the urban Aboriginal community can gather and thrive. We’re pleased to be working together, in the spirit of partnership, towards a shared legacy that sees Aboriginal Peoples benefit from the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

Michael Chan

“Hosting the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is bringing benefits and positive legacies to everyone in Ontario. The revitalization of the West Don Lands, accelerated by the athletes’ village development, is one of these legacies. We are pleased that this new health centre and community hub for the urban Aboriginal community will be an important part of this vibrant new neighbourhood.”

Michael Chan

Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games

Deb Matthews

“Our government is committed to ensuring urban Aboriginal Peoples continue to have access to quality health care when and where they need it. This expanded, accessible and specialized facility will improve access to important health services for Aboriginal people across Toronto.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“We thank the Ontario government for its tremendous support in providing the Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis community with greater access to modern and traditional Aboriginal health care services. On behalf of the Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis peoples of the Greater Toronto Area that we serve, Anishnawbe Health Toronto looks forward to our new home in a new and exciting neighbourhood that is reflective of Ontario’s rich diversity and opportunity.”

Jacques Huot

President of the Board of Directors, Anishnawbe Health Toronto

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    Minister's Office





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