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Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has been working with TO2015 and other partners to select companies to develop major infrastructure projects for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. All major venues will be under construction by early 2013, reports IO.

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Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has been working with TO2015 and other partners to select companies to develop major infrastructure projects for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. All major venues will be under construction by early 2013, reports IO.

The following is a status update on the projects courtesy of IO.

PAN AM GAMES ATHELTES’ VILLAGE

STATUS: Under construction as of January 2012. The Province has entered into an agreement with Dundee Kilmer Developments to design, build and finance the Athletes’ Village project.

DETAILS: The project will result in a new, sustainable, mixed-use neighbourhood that will provide 10,000 athletes, coaches and team officials with a safe and supportive environment during the Games.

After the Games the new community will include:

— a new YMCA providing recreational programming for 8,000 residents;

— George Brown College’s first ever student residence, which will provide housing for 500 students;

— 787 units of market housing, up to 100 of which will be reserved for affordable ownership and 253 units of affordable rental housing.

AQUATICS CENTRE, FIELD HOUSE AND CANADIAN SPORT INSTITUTE ONTARIO

STATUS: Under construction as of July 2012. PCL Aquatics Centre 2012 was selected to design, build and finance the Aquatics Centre, Field House and Canadian Sport Institute Complex project.

DETAILS: This high-performance aquatics and athletics facility will be constructed on property jointly owned by the City of Toronto and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

The facility will include:

— an aquatics centre featuring two internationally sanctioned 10-lane, 50-metre pools; a five-metre deep diving tank with five-metre, 7.5-metre and 10-metre platforms; dry-land diver training facilities; and Games-time seating capacity of approximately 6,000;

— a field house featuring flexible gymnasium space for training and competition with a Games-time seating capacity of approximately 2,000, as well as an indoor recreational track and fitness area including cardio and weightlifting facilities;

— a Canadian Sport Institute Ontario complex that will provide sport performance services and coaching and training facilities.

HAMILTON SOCCER STADIUM

STATUS: Construction will begin in late 2012.

DETAILS: The stadium will host football (soccer) competition for the 2015 Games and then become a permanent home for the Hamilton Tiger Cats.

The new stadium will meet all of the technical requirements of both the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) requirements.

PAN AMERICAN ATHLETICS STADIUM

STATUS: Construction will begin in late 2012.

DETAILS: The Pan American Athletics Stadium, located at York University in Toronto, will host athletics competitions during the Games.

Following the Games, the stadium will provide students, faculty and the community with a much needed recreation, training and competition facility. Highlights include:

— A 5,000 fixed-seat stadium, designed to International Association of Athletics Federations and Canadian Interuniversity Sport specifications, including all the support amenities for the Games.

MILTON VELODROME

STATUS: Construction will begin in early 2013.

DETAILS: The new velodrome will host the track cycling competition during the Games. It will include a 250-metre indoor wooden track. The velodrome also includes an infield area that can support other recreational activities such as basketball or volleyball following the Games.

MARKHAM PAN AM CENTRE

STATUS: Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. has been selected to build and finance the project. Construction will begin later this summer.

DETAILS: The new Markham Pan Am Centre will host the water polo, table tennis and badminton competitions for the Games. Following the Games, residents will have access to the 50-metre Olympic-sized pool, triple gymnasium, community all-purpose rooms, meeting rooms and a two-level fitness centre.

ETOBICOKE OLYMPIUM

STATUS: Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. has been selected to build and finance the project. Construction will begin in 2013.

DETAILS: Renovations to the Olympium include the existing pool and improvements to mechanical and electrical systems.

PAN AMERICAN FIELD HOCKEY CENTRE

STATUS: Bondfield Construction Company Ltd. has been selected to build and finance the project. Construction will begin in 2013.

DETAILS: The new Pan Am Field Hockey Centre will be Ontario’s first international field hockey venue. This two-field centre at the University of Toronto’s downtown St. George campus will have the capacity to host all levels of the game, from international to local.

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