Ontario Supporting Local Torch Relay Celebrations for 2015 Games
Investment Helping to Build Excitement for Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
Ontario is helping more than 130 communities celebrate the arrival of the Pan Am or Parapan Am flame and build excitement for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games through the Torch Relay Community Grant.
Eligible communities will be awarded $5,000 or up to $12,500 to support local torch relay celebrations. Funding will help spur community involvement and enthusiasm through local art, sport and music as the torch makes its way along the torch relay route to the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony on July 10 and the Parapan Am Games Opening Ceremony on August 7.
Supporting a memorable and successful TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games is 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.
- The municipality of Milton is the first official recipient of a Torch Relay Community Grant of $7,500.
- Grants will be provided to single or lower tier municipalities and Band Councils that are hosting Torch Relay community celebrations.
- The application deadline is noon EST on May 20, 2015.
- 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.
- In total, more than 3,000 torchbearers will be part of the two Torch Relays.
- The Pan Am Games torch relay begins May 30 in Canada and continues through more than 130 communities across the country over 41 days.
- The Parapan Am Games Torch Relay route is completely in Ontario and is the largest ever with stops in 12 communities with 250 torchbearers carrying two flames that will unite at the Opening Ceremony on August 7.
- The 2015 Games will showcase Ontario as a premier sporting destination, attracting 10,000 athletes and officials, 250,000 visitors and will create 26,000 jobs and generate $3.7 billion for Ontario’s GDP.
“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 closer to home thanks to initiatives like the Torch Relay Community Fund. 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 and I know that these celebrations will help generate excitement across the province as we get closer to the opening ceremonies.”
“I am so excited to be one of the torchbearers bringing the spirit of the Games to communities across Ontario. These are going to be a great Games and I’m so proud to have the chance to be part of the celebrations and have friends and family come out to cheer me on.”
Tanisha Martinez, Toronto, ON