The Government of Canada’s involvement and investments in hosting major international Games and events, like the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games and the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup, allow our athletes to compete against the world’s best competition at home in front of enthusiastic Canadian fans. At the same time, seeing our athletes at their best inspires all Canadians, especially our young people, to get active and to follow their own podium dreams.
FIFA Women’s World Cups Canada 2014 and 2015™
The Government of Canada invested up to $15 million from Sport Canada’s Hosting Program for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014. Hosting these tournaments resulted in lasting sport excellence, sport development and economic and community benefits for Canada.
Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games
Legacy of the games
A very important component of hosting the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is the legacy left behind after the Games have ended.
World-class Sport Facilities
The Government of Canada’s support for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games included an investment of up to $377.1 million in the construction or renovation of 27 venues, including 10 new sport facilities, across the 16 municipalities hosting the Games. This represents 56% of the total capital investments for the Toronto 2015 Games.
Highlights in the list of infrastructure projects included:
- the velodrome in Milton, ON, which is only the second internationally sanctioned indoor cycling track in North America;
- a multi-use facility that houses two Olympic-length 50m pools, the Wheelchair Basketball Canada National Academy and the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario;
- an athletics stadium at York University that will soon include an enhanced high performance athletics centre for Canada’s top athletics athletes;
- an internationally sanctioned competition shooting facility to support all Olympic disciplines, the most complete of its kind in Canada; and,
- a permanent BMX facility designed and constructed to meet international federation (Union Cycliste Internationale) certification standard.
The Government of Canada’s investment in world-class sport and recreational facilities for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games means that athletes at these Games competed in some of the best sport facilities the world has to offer.
Toronto 2015 Sport Legacy Fund
In addition to our infrastructure investment, the Government of Canada invested $65 million of the $77 million total identified for the establishment of the Toronto 2015 Sport Legacy Fund (with the remaining $12 million committed by the Government of Ontario).
The Toronto 2015 Sport Legacy Fund will ensure that three new facilities, built especially for the Toronto 2015 Games, will be properly maintained and accessible for athletes and the surrounding communities long after the Games have ended, including:
- the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre in Scarborough (during Games-Time, referred to as the CIBC Pan Am/Parpan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House),
- the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (during Games-Time, referred to as the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome), and,
- the Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium (during Games-Time, referred to as the CIBC Pan Am/ Parapan Am Athletics Stadium).
Long after the Games, high performance athletes from across Canada will continue to train in these facilities and inspire Canadians to incorporate healthy activity, sport and leadership into their daily lives.
The high-performance sport users and facility owners will work closely together to identify opportunities to bid for and host provincial, national and international events on an ongoing basis. This initiative supports the ongoing development of high performance sport in Ontario and Canada, as well as provide further economic stimulus for the area, and the sport facilities will meet the highest standards of accessibility.
For the surrounding communities, the programs that these facilities offer are inclusive and geared to diverse populations with a range of abilities.
These facilities also contribute to the Canadian Sport for Life movement, which focuses on building the health of the nation by linking sport, education, recreation and health and aligning related community, provincial and national programming.
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