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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.