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Legacy of the 2015 Games

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Legacy of the 2015 Games

Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Athletes' Village

Construction of the Athletes' Village was completed on time and turned over to TO2015 months in advance of the Games.

First used to accommodate thousands of athletes and officials, the 35-acre Village site is now being converted into a new, sustainable, mixed-use community, known as the Canary District, helping to boost the regional economy and improve local residents' quality of life. 

The Village will include:

  • 810 townhomes and condominiums for purchase, up to 100 of these will be affordable home ownership units. Over 80 per cent of the total units have already been sold
  • 253 Affordable Rental Housing units, of which a minimum of 10% will be accessible
  • An 82,000 sq. ft. YMCA
  • A 500-bed George Brown College student residence
  • The new, 18-acre Corktown Common Park, which has already been re-opened to the public

Residents, including families, students and new businesses are expected to start moving in Spring/Summer 2016, after the post-Games conversion work (installation of kitchens, flooring, walls, etc.).

This new community will also maintain the fully integrated accessibility measures required for the Games.

The increase in affordable, accessible housing at the Athletes' Village will have a long lasting legacy for the City.

 

Infrastructure

Hosting the Games triggered a major investment in new and upgraded infrastructure in Ontario.

  • 10 brand new internationally certified sports venues
  • 15 existing venues that were upgraded for the Games

These new venues will have a positive legacy for communities and sport hosting for years to come:

  • The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (Aquatic Centre), located at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, surpassed the 1,000 registered members mark in its first month of operation. This facility is also home to the Ontario headquarters of Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) and serves as a national high performance sport training centre
  • At the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Velodrome) in Milton, over 3,000 people have registered for cycling and fitness facilities
  • Athletics Canada will make use of the new Athletics Stadium at York University to expand its high-performance programs

These facilities will enable more than 90,000 hours of community sport and recreation use for the public on an annual basis. In addition, these facilities will employ more than 1,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers.

A $70 million sports legacy fund will support the operation of some venues for years to come.  All sport venues have now been returned to their owners for athlete and community use.

 

Social Legacy

More than 23,000 people served as volunteers for the Games, chosen from 65,000 applicants.

  • All Games volunteers earned a Volunteer Certificate that recognized their Games skills and training. They all received a provincial letter of appreciation
  • Ontario will use TO2015's accessibility training module for future events
  • A new volunteer Gateway website has been introduced - the first of its kind in the province - to link Games volunteers with future volunteer opportunities in Ontario

The unprecedented national broadcast coverage of the Parapan Am Games has bolstered the para-sport movement. The Parapan Am Games were televised live in Canada for the first time, raising the profile of parasports and athletes with disabilities.

Ontario built awareness and interest in the Games, attracting spectators and visitors, and brought the spirit of the Games to people in all corners of the province through celebration, promotion and legacy programs, for example:

  • We showcased the best of the province through diverse cultural, culinary and arts programming at Ontario's Celebration Zone and PANAMANIA sites
  • Thousands of Ontario children and youth participated in sport and healthy living activities through the Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids program at over 4,250 sites
  • Pan Am and Parapan Am Torch Relays travelled through more than 130 communities across Ontario
  • 140 apprentices were involved in the construction of Games venues, through Pre-Apprenticeship Training
  • TO2015 employed and mentored 150 youth as part of the SEEDS initiative.
  • Hikers and nature lovers now have access to an additional 250 km on the Trans Canada Trail
  • The Games-related Ontario Student Assistance Program's relief offer encouraged over 13,000 youth volunteers to apply

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