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Let the Countdown Begin to the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

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.

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I am so excited for next year’s Games, where we will be able to proudly showcase Ontario on the world stage. PANAMANIA Live will be a gathering place where people can share that excitement, honour our athletes and celebrate our diversity. We will build Ontario up with new sporting facilities and with a legacy that we will cherish for generations.

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

With one year to go, excitement for the 2015 Pan Am Games is building. Our investment in PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square, presented by CIBC, will attract visitors from within our borders and beyond, to experience our dynamic province during and after the Games. We look forward to welcoming athletes from the 41 nations of the Americas and the Caribbean in 2015 and to celebrating the spirit of the Games during competition and at PANAMANIA Live.

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

The TORONTO 2015 Games will be a celebration like nothing Ontario has ever hosted before. Thanks to the support of our government partners, one of the best places to experience everything the Games has to offer from sports to culture will be in the heart of Toronto at PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square, presented by CIBC.

David Peterson

Chair of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)

In less than one year, Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe will host one of the largest multi-sport games ever held in Canada, which will also serve as a platform to showcase and celebrate our diverse culture and communities. Our government is pleased to support the Games and to increase Canada’s engagement in the Americas. The Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games celebration site at Nathan Phillips Square will give thousands of Canadians and visitors alike access to cultural experiences and performances.

Shelly Glover

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Toronto applauds Ontario's commitment to the success of PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square in the summer of 2015. Together with our partners – TO2015, the Governments of Ontario and Canada, and CIBC – the City will help fund and produce an outstanding cultural celebration featuring talented artists and performers from across Toronto, Ontario, Canada and around the Americas as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am /Parapan Am Games. I encourage all Toronto residents to join the fun – this weekend and next summer – at Nathan Phillips Square, and help bring the Pan American spirit to life in the heart of our beautiful city.

Councillor Mark Grimes

Pan Am Champion, City of Toronto

Quick Facts

  • PANAMANIA Live at Nathan Phillips Square, presented by CIBC, will celebrate the Games from July 10 to 26, 2015 and August 7 to 15, 2015. Accessible, diverse and multi-disciplinary programming will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with a focus on lunchtime and early evening activities.
  • In addition to Ontario’s $2 million investment, the site also includes an investment of $1.4 million from the Government of Canada, $2.5 million from the City of Toronto, and $2.5 million from TO2015.
  • Hosting the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games will showcase Ontario to an international audience of 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials.
  • The Games continue to be one of Ontario’s largest economic drivers and will grow Ontario’s GDP by $3.7 billion by 2017.