2015 PAN/PARAPAN American Games
The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto will run from July 10 to 26, and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15.
At this time, some 250,000 visitors from 41 countries and territories in the Americas are expected in Toronto for the third largest multi-sport international event in the world – the Pan American and Parapan American Games are held every 4 years in the year prior to the summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Preparing for the Games
The Government of Canada has committed up to $500M to support capital infrastructure projects ($377.1M), legacy initiatives ($65M), essential federal services ($48.9M), a federal cultural strategy ($6M), and preparation of the Canadian teams ($3M) associated with the Games.
The Games represent a significant infrastructure investment for the Greater Toronto Area. Existing venues are being renovated and new venues constructed. New facilities include a soccer stadium in Hamilton, an athletics stadium at York University, a velodrome in Milton, an aquatics centre at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus, a Sports Centre and field house in Markham, and a Field Hockey Centre at the University of Toronto.
The Athletes’ Village is being constructed on an 80-acre site just east of downtown Toronto. The complex will house some 10,000 athletes, coaches, and support staff from the Americas during the Games.
The Games represent a unique opportunity for Canadians to learn about different countries and cultures across our hemisphere and to meet and engage with international visitors in what is already one of the world’s most multicultural cities. There will be plenty of chances to cheer for Team Canada as they go for gold, competing against the best athletes from across the Americas and the Caribbean in 36 sports during the Pan Am Games and 15 during the Parapan Am Games.
The Games will improve the health and vitality of Canadian communities as the legacy of renovated and new sports infrastructure will benefit future generations. There will also be an anticipated economic boost as a result of new jobs leading up to the Games, and increased tourism during and after the Games.
Canada has previously hosted the Pan American Games in 1967 and 1999, both times in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada ranks third behind the United States and Cuba in the all-time medal count, with 1,696 medals during 16 Games.
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