Premier Kathleen Wynne marked the one-year countdown to the 2015 Pan American Games today at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square. The site will transform into PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square, presented by CIBC, during the Games, and will host the new Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock unveiled today.
As part of Ontario's $42-million Promotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy, the province is providing $2 million toward the project, in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Government of Canada and TO2015.
PANAMANIA Live will feature daily cultural programming showcasing Ontario's diverse communities. It will be a central gathering spot where visitors can enjoy the festivities together, during both the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
Ontario has made significant progress on its programs for the 2015 Games. It is on track to make the 2015 Games an outstanding success, and build a lasting legacy that will create 26,000 jobs, grow the Ontario economy and build community sporting facilities for Ontarians to lead healthy, active lives, and for athletes to train right here at home. Ontario is also expanding its Pre-Apprenticeship program to help 200 people train for successful careers in the skilled trades as they build sporting infrastructure for the Games.
Making strategic investments in the 2015 Games that will help boost tourism, create jobs and grow the economy is part of the government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.