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Supporting Student Volunteers for Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

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Supporting Student Volunteers for Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

Ontario Making it Easier for Students to Take Part in the People’s Games

Ontario is making it easier for about 4,500 college and university students who receive support through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to volunteer for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

New and returning students who volunteer during the Games will not be required to make a pre-study financial contribution, ensuring they can receive more support through OSAP to account for the fact that they volunteered instead of taking paid jobs during their summer break.

New graduates who volunteer during the Games will be able to defer paying their OSAP loan until one full year after completing full-time studies,providing an additional six months before interest is charged on the loan and they are required to start repaying.

Helping students contribute to the success of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to create 26,000 jobs by investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will showcase Ontario as a premier sporting destination, attracting 10,000 athletes and officials and 250,000 visitors.
  • The Games and Games-related investments are on track to create more than 26,000 jobs and grow Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017.
  • Graduates from the not-for-profit sector and graduates who are entrepreneurs have also benefited from similar OSAP supports. This $1.9 million initiative supports the goals of Ontario's Promotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy, to ensure everyone across the province benefits from the Games.
  • The Games will require approximately 20,000 volunteers to help put on the largest international multi-sport event Ontario — and Canada — have ever hosted.
  • Investments in student assistance over the past 10 years have more than doubled the number of students qualifying for aid, while enrolment has increased by 40 per cent.

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Brad Duguid

“Our government supports postsecondary students in a number of important ways. Changing OSAP to encourage students and new graduates to volunteer at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will help them make a lasting impact on their communities, build valuable skills for the future and enjoy an experience of a lifetime.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

Michael Chan

“The success of international sporting events is truly thanks to the efforts and enthusiasm of the volunteers. The 2015 Games are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity for Ontario’s youth to get involved, gain specialized training and earn transferable workplace skills that will serve them long after the Games have drawn to a close. This is the power of sport hosting – maximizing meaningful opportunities for Ontarians while creating a lasting legacy that will benefit the province well beyond 2015.”

Michael Chan

Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games

“The enhancements to OSAP are creating a wonderful opportunity to encourage students across Ontario to get involved in the TORONTO 2015 Games. Our 20,000 volunteers will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play active, meaningful roles in the largest international multi-sport event Canada — and Ontario — have ever hosted.”

David Peterson

chair of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)

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