Canada: 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
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
The Pan/Parapan American Games are held every four years
for competitors from all nations of the 42 countries of the
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
In 2007, the Pan/Parapan American Games were held in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. Over 5,000 athletes took part.
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