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Building Towards the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games

In less than 1000 days, Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe will be hosting and welcoming athletes and visitors from around the world for the Toronto 2015 Games.  The Games will be starting on July 10th, 2015 and will be taking place over several hundred kilometers across southern Ontario.  The budget for the Toronto 2015 games is $1.441 billion.  Of that amount, $674 million is dedicated to building several new venues and renovating existing facilities.  An additional $767 million is set aside for the operations to successfully stage the games.  Given the large number of construction projects that will be starting or have already broken ground, members’ of the Carpenters’ Union are already seeing firsthand the investment that has been made in the upcoming Games.  Major contracts that are involved in the building and renovations of existing facilities include Bonfield Construction Company Ltd. and PCL Constructors Canada.

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The following projects highlight some of the construction happening across the region that will have members of the Carpenters’ Union working full-time until the Games in 2015:

Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) presented by CIBC

  • Markham Pan AM and Parapan AM Centre
  • Milton Pan Am and Parapan Am Velodrome
  • Caledon Equestrian Park
  • Pan Am Field Hockey Centre at the University of Toronto
  • CIBC Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Athletes’ Village
  • CIBC Pan Am and Parapan AM Athletics Stadium at York University
  • Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre

The Games are expected to generate more than 15,000 jobs and will contribute to the growth of Ontario’s infrastructure for many years to come.  Charles Sousa, the Ontario Minister Responsible for the Pan Am/Parapan American Games stated “Ontario led the bid to host the Games to stimulate the economy, create jobs and build much-needed sport infrastructure for our athletes to train and compete at home.  The People’s Games have also accelerated projects, such as the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront through the construction of the Athletes’ Village and the Air Rail Link, which will benefit our children and grandchildren.”  In addition to the new facilities that are being constructed, there will be millions of dollars invested into the renovation and alteration of existing facilities for the upcoming games.

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The Pan Am Games constitute a major event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions.  The Pan American Games are the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Sumer Games.  Athletes from the 41 Pan American countries compete every four years in the year before the Olympic Summer Games.  To find out more about the Pan Am/Parapan American Games, visit www.toronto2015.org.

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Did you know?

The Games feature 41 countries of the Americas and Caribbean.

At the Guadalajara 2011 Pan Am Games, Canada won 119 medals including gold in women’s soccer.

Over 200 million people worldwide turned in to see Guadalajara’s Opening Ceremony.

The Games will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Greater Golden Horseshoe.