$70-million fund to ensure years of support for Aquatics Centre and
Field House, Athletics Stadium and Velodrome
TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The legacy of the "People's Games" will
live on for decades, thanks to a $70-million fund announced today in
The TORONTO 2015 Sport Legacy Fund Plan, jointly supported by the
Government of Canada and Province of Ontario, was announced at the CIBC
Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House at the University of
The venue, which is now 65 per cent complete, is one of the three brand
new facilities built for the Games to be supported by the Legacy Fund.
The others include: the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome and
the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium at York University.
"These state-of-the-art facilities are a boon to our communities and
athletes," said Ian Troop, chief executive officer of the TORONTO 2015
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015). "This Legacy
Fund will not only ensure they remain at international standards for
high-performance sport, it will also help facility owners with their
operating costs for years to come."
The Legacy Fund will be supported through contributions of up to $65
million from the Government of Canada (subject to Treasury Board
approval) and $5 million from the Province of Ontario.
Managed by the independent Toronto Community Foundation, the Legacy Fund
will contribute to the operating and capital maintenance of the
facilities for the next two decades, at a minimum. The foundation was
selected after applying to TO2015's qualification and expression of
interest (Q/EOI) last fall.
"This Legacy Fund will help ensure Canadians can continue to use these
facilities and benefit from sport programming well beyond 2015," said
the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "Through this
investment, our Government is making sure that generations to come have
access to these world-class facilities, which will perhaps help create
some of Canada's future stars."
These facilities are also drawing other Canadian national teams and
sport organizations. The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) is
moving its head office to the Aquatics Centre and Field House, as is
Wheelchair Basketball Canada's National Academy. Diving Canada,
Swimming Canada, Synchro Canada and Water Polo Canada will also move
components of their high-performance teams and training programs to
In Milton, the Canadian cycling team will be able to stay home to train
in a world-class, year-round facility for the first time in more than
two decades when the Velodrome opens in the fall of 2014. Cycling
Canada and Cycling Ontario are also opening offices at the facility.
"The TORONTO 2015 Games will be a game changer for Canadian summer
athletes," said Curt Harnett, four-time Olympian, three-time Olympic
medallist in cycling and the chef de mission for Canada's TORONTO 2015
Pan American Games team.
"Not only are they providing much needed sport infrastructure in
Ontario, but today's announcement means these venues will continue to
offer our athletes the world-class facilities and conditions they
deserve," he said.
At York, Athletics Canada will make use of the new Athletics Stadium and
facilities to expand its high-performance programs.
In the case of all three facilities, the high-performance sport users
and facility owners will work closely together to identify
opportunities to bid for and host major provincial, national and
international events on an ongoing basis. This initiative will support
the ongoing development of high-performance sport and sport tourism in
Ontario and Canada, as well as provide economic stimulus for the
area. It will also be a step forward in establishing Toronto as a
premier national and international centre for sport hosting.
"The vision of the province is to see the legacy of the 2015 Games
enrich and enhance the lives of Ontarians for generations," said
Michael Chan, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American
"Creating a strong, lasting legacy of the Games will serve athletes,
university students and communities while creating social and economic
benefits for Ontario," he said. "Through the development of high
performance sport at local, national and international levels,
communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe will be put on the map
as premier destinations to live, practice and play."
The first payments from the Legacy Fund are scheduled to be made in 2014
after the facilities officially open. The Aquatics Centre and Field
House will reach substantial completion in July, with the Velodrome and
Athletics Stadium following that fall. All three facilities remain on
track and on budget.
In the first three years of the Legacy Fund, the Aquatics Centre and
Field House is expected to receive approximately $4.1 million, the
Velodrome $736,000, and the Athletics Stadium $288,000. Thereafter,
future drawdown allocations will be determined by the Legacy Fund
Allocations Committee, based on annual business plans submitted by the
facility owners. It is anticipated the fund will last for a minimum of
The allocations committee will consist of seven representatives selected
by the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, Canadian Olympic
Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and the City of
"This announcement is just the beginning of long-term sport legacies
that the people of Toronto will benefit from thanks to our role as Host
City of the 2015 Games," said Toronto City Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward
6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore), the Mayor's Pan Am Games Champion.
"The Aquatics Centre and Stadium will be vital hubs for athletics in
their respective communities," he said. "They will create access to
elite facilities for local residents, university students and
high-performance athletes alike. The City of Toronto applauds the
Government of Canada and Government of Ontario for their commitment to
our city's athletic community."
Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), said:
"Thanks to our federal and provincial governments, many more of our
Canadian athletes will have access to world-class facilities for
generations to come. I know how much this country wants to win, and
today's announcement will go a long way to help create and prepare our
Gaétan Tardif, president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
stated: "The ongoing support of these three important venues is
fantastic news for our plans to increase awareness and access to
parasport training. Having world-class, accessible facilities on home
soil will take the Paralympic Movement to a whole new level in Canada."
"The Toronto Community Foundation is pleased to have been selected as
the manager of the TORONTO 2015 Sport Legacy Fund," said Rahul K.
Bhardwaj, president & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation. "We look
forward to working with the partners and facility owners to ensure the
Games continue to deliver lasting benefits to high-performance sport in
Canada and the health and well-being of our communities for years to
About the Facilities
The CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House boasts two internationally sanctioned 10-lane, 50-metre pools, a deep
diving tank and dry-land dive training facilities. The Field House
features flexible gymnasium space, as well as an indoor recreational
track and fitness area. The facility will double the number of
Olympic-sized pools in the Greater Toronto Area.
With its 250-metre timber track, two 42-degree banks and the ability for
cyclists to train indoors year round, the Cisco Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome will be the sole facility of its kind in Canada and meet the most
stringent requirements set by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to
hold elite world championships.
The CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium will have a 400-metre track and an infield that supports throwing and
jumping disciplines, as well as a scoreboard, professional broadcast
capabilities, athlete change rooms, equipment storage and multi-purpose
The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)
is tasked with the responsibility of planning, managing and delivering
the Games. Its mission is to ignite the spirit through a celebration of
sport and culture. The TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games will take place
July 10−26 and the Parapan American Games August 7-14.
The 2015 Games are funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of
Ontario, as well as other partners and sponsors. CIBC is the Lead
Partner of the Games.
For more information about the Games, please visit TORONTO2015.org.
Image with caption: "Athletes joined government officials at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House at the University of Toronto Scarborough on November 12, 2013, for the announcement of the TORONTO 2015 Sport Legacy Fund Plan, jointly supported by the Government of Canada and Province of Ontario. (CNW Group/Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131112_C6495_PHOTO_EN_33296.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
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