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Ontario Supporting 2015 Games Torch Relay Celebrations in 67 Communities

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Ontario Supporting 2015 Games Torch Relay Celebrations in 67 Communities

Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby Latest Communities Receiving Support to Mark Arrival of Pan Am Torch

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Ontario is supporting local torch relay celebrations in communities across the province, helping mark the arrival of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Beginning tomorrow, May 30, the Pan Am Torch will begin its journey across the country, starting in Ontario. Through Ontario's Torch Relay Community Grant, funding is being provided to 67 communities, helping to spur community involvement and enthusiasm through local art, sport and music.

The latest recipients of grants include:

  • Ajax - $12,500 for Pan Am Torch relay festivities on June 6 at the Audley Recreation Centre and Parapan Am Torch celebrations on August 4 at Rotary Park. Events will include live entertainment, music, face painting, BBQ, and a variety of other activities
  • Oshawa - $12,500 for Pan Am Torch relay events on June 5 at Civic Square (located at City Hall) and Parapan Am Torch festivities August 4 at Lakeview Park. Community organizations and the city plan to deliver a fun, festive event featuring music from all over the world, food vendors, cultural demonstrations and activities.
  • Whitby - $10,000 for Pan Am torch celebrations on June 8 at the Brooklin Community Centre and Library, which will include cultural and healthy living activities for people of all ages and several musical performances that will highlight the spirit of the Pan Am Games and show support for the torchbearers' journey. On August 5, the Parapan Am Torch will arrive by sailboat and then will be carried to the Abilities Centre for festivities that will engage residents, community groups and visitors in celebration of diversity and inclusion.  

Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Gamesis part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Ajax hosts Baseball and Softball July 11-26 at the President’s Choice Ajax Pan Am Ballpark.
  • Women’s Baseball makes its international multi-sport Games debut at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
  • Oshawa hosts Pan Am Weightlifting July 11-15 and Boxing July 18-25 at the Oshawa Sports Centre.
  • The $750,000 Torch Relay Community Grant program is part of Ontario’s $40 million strategy to ensure everyone in the province benefits from the Games.
  • The TORONTO 2015 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.
  • Whitby hosts Parapan Am Games competition at the Abilities Centre with Boccia August 8-11 and Judo – Parapan Am August 12-14.

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Michael Coteau

“I’m proud that Ontario families from across the province will be able to experience the spirit of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games through local community celebrations close to home, thanks to initiatives like the Torch Relay Community Grant. Our government is investing in these Games in order to create jobs, build new sport infrastructure and leave an important legacy for generations to come. I know these celebrations will help generate excitement across the province as we get closer to the opening ceremonies”

Michael Coteau

Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games

“The Town is very excited to be hosting the Pan Am Ajax Torch Relay on June 6 and the Parapan Am Ajax Torch Relay on August 6. I encourage all residents to take advantage of these opportunities to come out and immerse themselves in the spirit of the Games. The festivities we have planned for both relays will only mark the beginning of what is sure to be remembered one of the most spirited points in Ajax’s history. I wish all our Ajax torchbearers the best of luck.”

Steve Parish

Mayor, Town of Ajax

“We get more excited every day with anticipation of the start of the Pan Am weightlifting and boxing competitions taking place in Oshawa. The Pan Am Torch Relay on June 5th and the Parapan Am Torch Relay on August 4th will be great events and the community grants provided by the Province will help to finance our relays, which is much appreciated.”

John Henry

Mayor, City of Oshawa

“The Town of Whitby is pleased to have funding support from the Ontario government to help us celebrate the arrival of the Pan Am and Parapan Am torches in our community. We will have a variety of activities to involve residents and showcase our support for Pan Am athletes and for the Parapan Am athletes competing in boccia and judo at the Abilities Centre.”

Don Mitchell

Mayor, Town of Whitby

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