What People Are Saying About Ontario's Promotion, Celebration, and Legacy Strategy for the Games
The 2015 Games provide an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Ontario, and Toronto in particular, as one of the world's greatest live music destinations and incubators of talented artists and musicians, and in so doing, bring greater attention to the Games. Music enlivens this city every day of the week - it is only natural we channel that energy into the largest sporting event Toronto has ever hosted.
-- Graham Henderson, President, Music Canada
The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is pleased to see the province making investments to ensure the 2015 Games provide an exceptional experience that will have a meaningful impact on our athletes and coaches. This legacy strategy will enhance the training environment, aiding in our efforts of assisting athletes hoping to make it to the podium.
-- Chris Rudge, Chairman, Canadian Sport Centre Ontario
This is a very exciting time for communities and athletes in Ontario. Not only are we gearing up to deliver the best Pan Am/Parapan Am Games ever but thanks to the investments being made now, the benefits of the Games will continue for generations to come, long after the athletes competing here in 2015 return home.
-- Ian Troop, CEO, TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee
The Government of Canada is proud to support the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games by investing in new and improved sport infrastructure that will help advance sport development and leave a legacy of world-class training facilities for our talented and up-and-coming athletes. Ontario's promotion and celebration plans will give all Canadians an opportunity to take part and to share their national pride when we welcome the Americas in 2015.
-- The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
I applaud Ontario's commitment to enhancing the Pan Am Games experience and extending its benefits to all Toronto residents. The City of Toronto has recently confirmed a significant investment of up to $20 million in a Host City Showcase Program. Ontario's Pan Am legacy and celebration plan will complement our efforts and ensure Toronto is ready to welcome the world, celebrate our diversity and talent, and showcase our beautiful city in 2015.
-- Rob Ford, Mayor, City of Toronto
Ontario's promotion of volunteerism is a welcome and lasting benefit to hosting the 2015 Games. I commend the province for seizing the opportunity to create legacy initiatives that will recognize and support the exemplary contributions of the voluntary-sector and volunteers in Ontario.
-- Carine Strong, Chair, Ontario Volunteer Centre Network
The 2015 Games are an opportunity to highlight the importance of keeping communities healthy across Ontario. The province is ensuring the benefits of the Games extend well beyond 2015 through its legacy strategy, which includes a focus on children and youth, supporting them through programs that promote healthy and active living.
-- Chris Markham, Executive Director and CEO, Ontario Physical and Health Education Association
Waterfront Regeneration Trust enthusiastically supports the province's 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games legacy for encouraging families to get outside and take advantage of Ontario's trails. This initiative promotes healthy active living, sport and recreational opportunities and access to green spaces for all Ontarians.
-- David Crombie, Founding Chair, Waterfront Regeneration Trust
Multisport games provide unprecedented opportunities for communities to come together and build new relationships and understanding. Through celebrations, festivals, concerts and cultural programming, we can build bridges between diverse communities - connections that will last well beyond the Games. PrideHouseTO wants to ensure that the 2015 Games are the most inclusive and welcoming games in history, and festivals and celebrations will play an essential part in our plans.
-- Matthew Cutler, Project Director, PrideHouseTO
As we welcome the world during the People's Games in 2015, we have a special opportunity to not only celebrate excellence in sport but to share and celebrate the traditions, culture and heritage of diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Ontario. We are excited to work with the province through their new promotion, celebration and legacy commitment to work collaboratively and showcase our unique history.
- Larry Frost, Executive Director, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
The Economic Impact Analysis that we conducted for the Pan/Parapan American Games Secretariat illustrates the positive impacts that are occurring in preparation for the Games and the operating expenditures that will occur during the hosting of the Games.
-- Ernie Stokes, Managing Partner, Centre for Spatial Economics
Hosting major international Games like these is an amazing opportunity to support athlete and sport development and showcase homegrown talent. This provincial strategy confirms Ontario's commitment to ensure a great Games and a lasting legacy.
-- Blair McIntosh, CEO, Sports Alliance of Ontario