Ontario is well ahead in the planning stages compared to other host jurisdictions. Capital projects are on time and on or under budget. Many will open one year before the Games for community use. As we move into the operational phase of Games planning, we expect this progress to continue. As new host jurisdiction responsibilities are confirmed, we state them openly and publicly. Read more.
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.
The volunteer recruitment drive for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games has reached a significant milestone: more than 10,000 applications have now been submitted at TORONTO2015.org/volunteer. Exciting volunteer positions are available in 16 Ontario municipalities, from Welland to Minden Hills, Hamilton to Oshawa in all areas of the Games, from anti-doping and medical services, protocol and ticketing, to venue management and ushers in venues.
Eager to represent your country and community? A sports fan or culture maven? How about a community booster or a student looking to gain invaluable experience?
Well, the wait is over! The official online volunteer portal for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is now live at TORONTO2015.org/volunteer.
Ontario is launching three initiatives to support and encourage volunteerism for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and beyond.
The 2015 Games plan to recruit approximately 20,000 volunteers to support the 10,000 athletes, officials, spectators and the expected 250,000 visitors to Canada’s largest-ever multi-sport event.
Watch the video - Volunteers: The Heart of the Games, featuring Colin Mochrie
Ontario is preparing 200 people to become apprentices by providing training opportunities through the construction of Pan Am and Parapan Am Games infrastructure projects. By expanding the province's Pre-Apprenticeship Training program, trainees will develop their job skills and gain valuable work experience with the skilled trades organizations that have been contracted to build and support Ontario's accessible, world-class facilities for the 2015 Games.
The success of international sporting events is truly thanks to the efforts and enthusiasm of the volunteers. The 2015 Games are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity for Ontario’s youth to get involved, gain specialized training and earn transferable workplace skills that will serve them long after the Games have drawn to a close.
The Government of Ontario and TO2015 have created a program to help every kid be a Pan Am/Parapan Am Kid. This means children and youth can learn about and participate in different sport, recreational and cultural activities before, during and after the TORONTO 2015 Games.