Toronto 2015 salutes the Government of Canada

    Bid team thrilled by visa exemption for Pan/Parapan American Games

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Toronto 2015 is delighted to hear of the recent
news announced by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and the
Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport), on behalf of the Honourable
Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.
    The Government of Canada has announced it is committed to granting all
Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) nations' accredited participants
access to Canada during their visit to Toronto in 2015 by way of their PASO
Identity Cards.
    "The federal government's commitment to the Bid is stronger than ever and
we thank Ministers Kenney, Flaherty and Lunn for their swift action on the
issue," said Hon. David Peterson, Chair, Toronto 2015 Bid Committee. "We're
thrilled to know that accredited participants will not only have a great Games
experience but also a great travel experience to and from the Games."
    The Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Bid has been given a federal
government guarantee that the Pan American Identity Card will have the same
force as a visa when accompanied by a valid passport giving accredited
participants easy access to the 2015 Games.
    "The federal government's visa exemption treats all Olympic Family
members in a consistent manner and we applaud the government for its actions,"
said Michael Chambers, President, Canadian Olympic Committee.

    The Pan Am Games is a major international multi-sport event, held every
four years for athletes of the 42 PASO member nations. The Pan American Games
consists of all Summer Olympic sports, plus other events selected by the Pan
American Sports Organization, and serve as an Olympic-qualifier for a number
of the participating sports. The last edition of the Games was held in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil in July 2007 and the next will take place in Guadalajara,
Mexico in October 2011.

For further information:

For further information: Liz Borowiec, Toronto 2015, T. (416) 326-4982

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