Ontario Providing Land Located on Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Site: Ontario is moving forward on a historic project that will create more economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for urban Aboriginal Peoples.
The province is transferring a section of land on the site of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Athletes’ Village to Anishnawbe Health Toronto where dynamic, world-class Aboriginal community health and cultural centres will be built following the Games.
The new Aboriginal Community Health Centre will provide access to traditional Aboriginal and modern health services. Working in partnership with the Ontario government, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, Aboriginal groups, and other public sector organizations, the Aboriginal community cultural hub could include spaces for education, social enterprises and the performing arts.
Infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.
- The new Aboriginal Community Health Centre will allow Anishnawbe Health Toronto to consolidate services from its three existing facilities under one roof. The 2.4-acre site is located at the corner of Front and Cherry streets.
- The health centre and community hub will be a key legacy of the Games, providing a meaningful and lasting impact to generations of Aboriginal Peoples in Ontario.
- Ontario provided $8.9 million in operational funding for Aboriginal Community Health Centres in 2012-13.
- Other plans for the West Don Lands include residential units, commercial space, childcare and educational facilities, all surrounded by nearly 23 acres of parks and public spaces.
- In 2011, Ontario provided Anishnawbe Health Toronto approval for a planning and design grant of up to $1.485 million for the planning of the new Aboriginal Community Health Centre.
Ministry of Infrastructure, March 31, 2014