Government of Canada and Government of Ontario to partner on Pan American Games bid

    Joint funding commitment ensures Greater Golden Horseshoe Area will have
    competitive bid for prestigious international sporting event

    OTTAWA, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and the Government of
Ontario have agreed to partner in supporting the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Area's bid for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
    "The Greater Golden Horseshoe has a well-deserved reputation for being
able to host major international events," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
"By working together to bring the Pan/Parapan American Games to Southern
Ontario, we are also bringing an economic boost to the province and shining a
spotlight on Canada's outstanding athletes and fans."
    "I'm very proud to make the case for hosting the Pan/Parapan American
Games and we're pleased to have the support of the federal government. We're
committed to working closely with local communities to put forward a strong
proposal that highlights our diversity, enthusiastic sports fans and friendly
people," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    Investing in the Pan/Parapan American Games will provide the Greater
Golden Horseshoe with a lasting legacy of new and improved athletic facilities
that will help people engage in healthier, active living.
    Premier McGuinty will travel to the Beijing Olympics from August 13 to 15
to launch the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area's bid to host the 2015 Pan/Parapan
American Games.


      -  The Pan/Parapan American Games are held every four years for
         competitors from all nations of the 42 countries of the Americas

      -  The Pan American Games could generate close to $2 billion in
         economic activity, create 17,000 jobs and bring an estimated
         250,000 tourists to the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
      -  In 2007, the Pan/Parapan American Games were held in Rio de Janeiro,
         Brazil. Over 5,000 athletes took part.


    Read about the Pan American Sports Organization (

    See the preparations for the 2011 Pan American Games
    ( in
    Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Learn about Canada's performance
    ( at the 2007
    Pan American Games.

    This document is also available at

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