Construction of the 35-acre CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village, known as the Canary District, is now complete and ready to house a total of 10,300 Pan American and Parapan American Games athletes and officials. When the Games begin in July 2015, the Village will feature a YMCA, banks, a coffee shop, a general store, a dining tent, a prosthetic and wheelchair repair centre, and an 18-acre park.
Once the Games have finished, the Canary District will serve as a sustainable, mixed-use community for Toronto residents, including:
- 100 affordable ownership condominiums and townhouses;
- 253 affordable rental condominiums and townhouses, of which 10 per cent will be barrier-free;
- Approximately 800 market-priced condominiums and townhouses;
- A YMCA capable of serving over 8,000 people;
- A new residence for 500 George Brown College students;
- A new King St. streetcar line;
- 40,000 square feet of retail space along Front St.; and
- A new Aboriginal Community Health Centre.
“We are proud and ready to host the largest multi-sport Games in Canada’s history this summer,” says Michael Coteau Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. “The official completion of the Athletes’ Village, months before the Games begin, is another exciting milestone as we prepare to welcome 10,000 athletes and officials. Designed as a walkable community with a brand new YMCA, health services and 18-acre Corktown Common Park, the Village will not only provide an exceptional experience for athletes but also enable future residents to enjoy strong, healthy lives long after the Games.”
Built to LEED Gold standards, the accessible Village is expected to attract 250,000 visitors and generate $3.7-billion for Ontario’s GDP.