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Legacy Fund confirms future of Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre as a home to high-performance sport

A $70 million Legacy Fund announced on November 12 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre at UTSC will help ensure the facility will remain at international standards following the games.

The federal and provincial governments have announced a Sport Legacy Fund to ensure that three new Pan Am facilities will continue to remain at international standards long after the Toronto Pan/Parapan American Games are over.  

The $70 million Legacy Fund was announced yesterday at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). The fund is supported through contributions of up to $65 million from the Government of Canada, subject to Treasury Board approval, and $5 million from the Province of Ontario.

“This Legacy Fund will help ensure Canadians benefit from sport programming well beyond 2015,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport).  The fund will be managed by the Toronto Community Foundation and will contribute to the operating and capital maintenance of three new facilities built for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre at UTSC, the Velodrome in Milton and the Athletics Stadium at York University.

 “Our community eagerly anticipates this new facility, which will be a centre of activity, not only for the elite athletes, but for students, faculty, staff and our neighbours.” said Professor Franco Vaccarino, UTSC Principal.  “We appreciate the federal and provincial governments’ support in ensuring TPASC’s long-term viability.” 

TPASC is already drawing Canadian national teams and sport organizations.  The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is moving its head office to the facility and Wheelchair Basketball Canada, which has already launched its National Academy at UTSC, will move to TPASC when its doors open next year. Diving Canada, Swimming Canada, Synchro Canada and Water Polo Canada will also move components of their high-performance teams and training programs to TPASC. 

Communities, through the development of high-performance sport at local, national and international levels, “…will be put on the map as premier destinations to live, practice and play,” said the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

In the first three years of the fund, TPASC is expected to receive approximately $4.1 million.  Future allocations will be determined by the Legacy Fund Allocations Committee, based on annual business plans submitted by the facility owners.  It is anticipated that the fund will last for a minimum of 20 years.

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