30 Days to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games
Province Ready to Host a Successful Games
With one month to go before the Opening Ceremony for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games, Ontario is ready to host Canada's largest, most inclusive multisport games ever.
Communities across the province are already benefitting from these Games. High-performance athletes are training here, community members are enjoying recreational programs and local businesses are welcoming visitors drawn to Ontario because of the Games.
For months, Ontarians have enjoyed access to many of the 25 new and renovated world-class sport facilities and these incredible new infrastructure investments will be used for generations to come. Ontario has also hosted almost 50 successful test events, helping drive tourism, create jobs and build excitement ahead of the Games.
Other highlights include:
- The Union Pearson Express is now open to the public, helping reduce gridlock
- Training for 24,000 volunteer positions is in its final stages
- The 2015 Games Trip Planner is now available to help spectators and commuters get around
- The Canadian Olympic Committee has already announced 32 national team selections
- More than 400,000 tickets have been sold
The Pan Am Torch Relay is on the 12th day of its 41-day journey, knitting together more than 130 communities across Ontario and Canada in the spirit of the Games. The celebratory spirit will continue at Games-time with Ontario's Celebration Zone at Harbourfront Centre featuring the best of Ontario with 38 days of free experiential and interactive programming. Other celebrations will include the Aboriginal Pavilion at Fort York, PANAMANIA events across the GTA, and community celebrations throughout the region.
Ontarians are proud and excited to cheer on the 10,000 athletes and officials, including the largest Canadian team in Pan Am/Parapan Am history, competing during the Games.
Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 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.
- Of the 3,000 torch bearers, Ontario proudly selected 50 youth heroes aged 13-25 who have committed acts of bravery.
- Ontario’s Celebration Zone will be open from July 10 to August 16, 2015 and includes nightly concerts, live entertainment, kids’ programming, culinary showcases, and a 400 foot zipline.
- As part of tourism marketing for the Games, the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation created two ads, ‘Invade’ and ‘Get Ready,’ which have collectively reached over 5 million views on YouTube.
- PANAMANIA is a 35-day arts and cultural festival with more than 250 unique performances and exhibitions, both free and ticketed that will take place across the GTA from July 10 to August 15.
- The Aboriginal Pavilion is a 19-day Indigenous arts, culture, and sports festival being held at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Fort York National Historic Site's Garrison Common and Harbourfront Centre, from July 10-26, 2015 and August 7-9, 2015.
- The Games are creating 26,000 jobs, growing Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017, and are expected to attract 250,000 visitors.
“We are ready to host these Games. Our world class venues are finished, our volunteers are trained and our athletes are ready to win big. Each day the torch is building more and more excitement as it travels through 130 communities on its way to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony. I'm proud of the hard work that's got us here and excited to host a successful Games that will showcase all Ontario has to offer.”
“With a month to go, we’re ready and excited to welcome athletes and fans from across the Americas to the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. As we enter the homestretch, venues are opening and the lineup of top athletes for the Games and incredible artists for PANAMANIA keeps growing more and more impressive. This will be an historic event for our region, our communities and our country that people want to be a part of. Now is the time to make plans to get involved in what will truly be, the best and most memorable Games ever.”
“These Games are of particular significance, as Canada will field the largest team in its Pan American Games history with more than 700 athletes expected to be named to the Team. With one month to go before the TORONTO 2015 Games begin, Canada’s athletes are in the final preparations of their training to take on the Americas on home soil. We know they will make their country proud this summer.”