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Athletes' Village Reaching for the Top

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Athletes' Village Reaching for the Top

Province On Track to Deliver Legacy Community in Toronto’s West Don Lands

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Ontario is marking a significant milestone in both the construction of the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Athletes' Village and the province's long-term investment in the revitalization of the West Don Lands with a topping off ceremony today.

Creating and supporting 5,200 jobs, construction of the Village is on time, on budget and more than 70 per cent complete. A ceremonial beam is being signed by dignitaries and hoisted to the highest point of the Village's structures, signalling the completion of the frames. The cranes will now be removed from the site with the last 30 per cent of construction consisting of finishing the interior and landscaping. The new community will leave a legacy in Ontario long after the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games have ended by:

  • Delivering affordable housing units for more than 300 Ontario families, who will begin moving into the community in spring 2016.
  • Providing recreational facilities and programs for 8,000 people at an 82,000 square foot YMCA.
  • Offering housing for 500 students at George Brown College's first-ever student residence.

Investing in the Athletes' Village is part of Ontario's plan to build modern infrastructure, one of the three pillars of the government's economic plan to invest in people and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. 

Quick Facts

  • The Athletes’ Village is the cornerstone of the planned West Don Lands project, which will revitalize a long unused part of downtown Toronto. Hosting the Games accelerated the project by up to 15 years.
  • The Village will include one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units, addressing the need for mixed-use affordable housing within the City of Toronto.
  • As host jurisdiction, Ontario invested an additional $709 million to build the Village. Both the 2009 Bid Book and the 2013 Ontario Budget indicated the Village was a separate investment by the province. Games-time use of the Village will only be a short time and then Ontarians will call it home for generations.
  • The new community will be fully accessible and is being built to LEED Gold environmental standards. The project has been recognized with awards, including the Canadian Urban Institute’s Brownie Award for Best Overall Project.
  • The Games will showcase Ontario as a premier sporting destination, attracting 10,000 athletes and officials, 250,000 visitors, create 26,000 jobs and generate $3.7 billion for Ontario’s GDP.

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“The Athletes’ Village will be a cornerstone of a thriving new community in downtown Toronto that will provide a lasting legacy for the people of the province. Achieving this important milestone within two years of officially breaking ground is a clear indication that this new community will be ready to welcome the Games family for the summer of 2015 and then hundreds of Ontario families for generations to come.”

Michael Chan

Minister Responsible for the Pan/Parapan American Games

“Well after the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games have wrapped up, the Athletes’ Village will remain a profound legacy of safe and affordable housing for more than 300 families. Access to affordable housing opens the door to a better future for our most vulnerable residents, and that leads to better health and improved education.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“The Games will bring a legacy of infrastructure benefits for Ontario. Modern, iconic and reliable infrastructure drives our economy, creates jobs and enhances our quality of life. The investments in infrastructure our government has made at the Village will benefit Ontario long after the Games.”

Glen Murray

Minister of Infrastructure

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