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Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario Plays Key Role in Largest Sport Infrastructure Renewal in Canadian History

(Toronto, Ontario, June 4, 2015) - With 7,600 athletes from 41 countries set to descend on Toronto in just over a month, the public will finally get a glimpse of the sporting infrastructure that Ontario’s top carpenters’ have helped get ready for the Pan Am/Parapan Games.

The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games which are set to take place July 10 to 26 and Aug. 7 to 15 respectively, have been a huge boost to the province and the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDC) helped play a major role in building 10 new sporting venues and upgraded 15 existing facilities across Southern Ontario, making it the largest sport infrastructure renewal that’s ever been undertaken in Canadian history.

“This will be the biggest international sporting competition in Canada’s history and the CDC is proud to be an Official Gold Tier Supporter for the 2015 games,” says Tony Iannuzzi, CDC’s Executive Secretary Treasurer.

With an overall infrastructure budget of about $674 million, some of the Pan Am venues the Carpenters’ were excited to take part in building included an athletics stadium, aquatics centre, field house, and soccer stadium with an athletes’ village in downtown Toronto.

“Our skilled carpenters worked hand in hand with their colleagues in the construction industry, and we’re now ready to welcome the world and leave a lasting legacy as this infrastructure will extend well beyond the games,” says Iannuzzi, “Many people don’t know that structures such as the Athlete’s Village will serve as much needed housing in the City of Toronto once the games conclude. That is something we can all be proud of.”

The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDC) is composed of 16 affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners across the province. In total, it represents over 20,000 women and men working in a wide range of areas including carpentry, drywall, resilient flooring, concrete formwork, underwater construction, welding, and scaffolding.

One of the venues winning accolades already is the velodrome in Milton, Ontario. About 50 carpenters worked on the oval-shaped, three-storey building.  Built to stage cycling events at the Games this summer. The track is made of wood and is being hailed as a new beginning for Canadian cycling. It’s the only facility of its kind in Canada, and like the other venues being built for Pan Am, without the skilled trades working tirelessly behind the scenes, none of it would have come to fruition.

The CDC were also instrumental in building the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre. It will feature two 10-lane, 50-metre pools and a 5-metre deep diving tank and have a maximum seating capacity of approximately 6,000 people. It will host five sports during the Games: swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, fencing and portions of the modern penthalon.

“This is about leaving a legacy that will benefit the citizens of Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe as well as Canadians and our athletes across the country for generations to come,” Iannuzzi says. “Not to mention the overall economic impact which will be huge. It’s about Building Ontario Up!”