Ontario is proud to host the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games — the largest and most accessible Parapan Am Games in history.
Accessibility features are a key part of the province’s plan to leave long lasting benefits for all Ontarians. These legacy investments will also benefit visitors, support the development of future para-athletes and improve accessibility across the province.
- All 31 competition venues (including Pan Am Games venues) meet or exceed accessibility requirements, ensuring persons with disabilities can fully enjoy these facilities, either as participants or spectators. Games watchers will have access to accessible entrances and exits, amenities including washrooms, concession stands and merchandise kiosks, seating, medical services and more.
- New travel services will allow spectators to pre-book accessible parking, offer barrier-free routes to venues and provide a specialized transit booking system called ‘Call One’ that will help coordinate trips to and from events for eligible customers.
- Over 23,000 volunteers have been trained to properly support athletes, spectators and tourists of all abilities.
- The Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids program supports increased accessibility awareness, instruction and participation in parasports like sitting volleyball, goalball and boccia.
- Live broadcast of selected events – the most Parapan Am Games coverage ever – will showcase parasport and the abilities of people with disabilities to millions of viewers. This marks the first time that the Parapan Am Games will be televised in English and French in Canada.
Supporting an accessible and successful Parapan Am Games is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.