The Most Accessible Pan Am and Parapan Am Games
Ontario is proud to be hosting the most accessible Pan Am and Parapan Am Games ever.
Through legacy accessibility investments, the Games will leave lasting benefits for Ontarians of all abilities.
These legacy investments will support the development of future para-athletes, benefit the 250,000 visitors to the Games and improve accessibility across the province. Investments include:
Parasport Equipment Funding
Through the Canadian Paralympic Committee's Games legacy program, Ontario is investing $100,000 to help organizations and municipalities acquire para equipment. Recipients include:
- Abilities Centre
- ParaSport Ontario
- Ontario Blind Sports Association
- Variety Village
- Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association
- Wheelchair Basketball Canada
- City of Mississauga
- Town of Milton
- City of Toronto
Together with our partners, Ontario is ensuring that all games venues are accessible and barrier-free.
All 31 competition venues will meet or exceed accessibility requirements. This will ensure persons with disabilities can fully enjoy these facilities, either as participants or spectators.
To help create barrier-free travel for Ontarians and visitors with disabilities, Ontario is supporting the development of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association's (ORHMA) online accommodation directory.
The website contains accessibility information designed to help travellers with disabilities choose accommodations that meet their needs. The directory will benefit visitors attending the Games and other travellers for years to come.
Live broadcast of selected events - the most Parapan Am Games coverage ever - will expose millions of viewers to parasport and the abilities of people with disabilities. This marks the first time that the Parapan Am Games will be televised in English and French in Canada.
Volunteer Training and Supports
TO2015 is providing accessibility training for all Games volunteers. Some volunteers are receiving enhanced accessibility training based on their role and the venue they are assigned to.
This will result in over 23,000 Ontarians being trained to support athletes, spectators and tourists of all abilities.
After the Games, Ontario will make the accessibility "e-Learning Module" available to organizations, businesses and committees who host events that require volunteers.
Accessible transportation is a top Games priority for Ontario and its transportation partners.
Accessibility experts have reviewed transportation plans for each venue to ensure everyone can enjoy the Games. Accessible travel options include accessible public transit, pre-booked accessible parking, barrier-free routes to venues and a specialized transit booking system called "Call One" that will help coordinate trips to and from events.
Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids
Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids is designed to get kids of all abilities active. The program supports increased accessibility awareness, instruction and participation in parasports like sitting volleyball, goalball and boccia.
All program resources are inclusive for all students, and include adaptations to meet the needs of youth with disabilities.
The initiative is a legacy of the Games and will continue at schools and after-school programs across the province after the Games have ended.
The Athletes' Village, a provincially funded project, will provide a barrier-free environment for residents and visitors.
During the Games, the Village will have approximately 270 accessible units. Post-Games, a minimum of ten per cent of the affordable rental housing units will be accessible. Some of the accessible public space design features include:
- Tactile strips on all stairs, ramps and grade changes and tonal contrast for doors and frames throughout;
- Oversized corridors with barrier free turn-arounds every 30 metres; and
- Oversized elevator cabs equipped with audible floor level announcement and braille/tactile controls.
The IGNITE Ontario grant program, which is supporting celebrations across the province in advance of the Games, gave funding priority to initiatives that consider accessibility for people with disabilities in their planning.