Celebrating Two-Year Countdown to 2015 Pan American Games
Ontario’s Investments in Games Creating Jobs, Growing the Economy
Ontario is celebrating the two-year countdown to the 2015 Pan American Games in communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
The Games will be one of the largest economic drivers in the region over the next two years and will benefit many communities by:
- Creating 15,000 jobs and an additional 5,200 jobs as part of the construction of the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village
- Attracting 250,000 tourists to the province, showcasing Ontario as a great place to visit and do business
- Providing up to 20,000 volunteers with training in customer service, hands-on Games operations and health and safety
Since Toronto was announced as the host city in November 2009, construction of all the major venues has been moving forward on time and under budget with a number of significant milestones already achieved, including:
- Completion of the newly renovated Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre
- Fifty per cent completion of the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village
Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Pan American Games is part of the Ontario government's plan to showcase the province, while creating a fair and prosperous society.
- The 2015 Pan Am Games will run July 10-26, featuring 36 sports. The 2015 Parapan Am Games will run August 7-14, featuring 15 sports.
- The 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games will bring 10,000 athletes and team officials to the province.
- The Ontario government accelerated the development of the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village for the Games, which is now 50 per cent complete and will provide more than 300 families with access to affordable rental and ownership housing, with a move in date set for spring 2016.
- Six new venues are being built for the Games in addition to the Athletes’ Village and 20 existing venues are receiving upgrades.
- The Union Pearson Express will also be completed in time for the Games, and is expected to take 1.2 million car trips off of the region’s roads in its first year of operation.
“I’m pleased to join my Ontario government colleagues today at community events all across the Greater Golden Horseshoe to celebrate the youth, diversity and athletic excellence that will be on display as we host the world during the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games.”
“Toronto will be the best Pan American Games ever. As PASO’s President, I have said several times that I want to end my leading period with a legacy of the best Games ever; and I am sure we will do it in Toronto.”
Mario Vazquez Raña