This summer, the largest multi-sport games ever held in Canada will take place when Toronto hosts the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. The Pan Am Games take place from July 7 – 26 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 – 15.
The Games will bring an estimated 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 41 countries, and draw close to 250,000 tourists. With this influx, PHO will play a key role in monitoring public health activity before, during and after the Games. Planning has been underway for years, including preparing for public health events like food-related and infectious disease outbreaks, and extreme weather impacts. Our programs and portfolios including laboratory services, surveillance, communicable diseases, emergency preparedness and IPAC have together been working closely with other partners on planning and preparation.
Throughout the Games, the MOHLTC Emergency Management Branch will coordinate interaction among key stakeholders. That includes PHO, hospitals, 10 PHUs, seven Local Health Integration Networks, allied health professionals, local paramedic services, Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada. PHO, in collaboration with local, provincial, and federal partners, will lead enhanced surveillance and laboratory testing, and give partners expert technical advice in case of outbreaks or other incidents with health impacts.
PHO, in collaboration with our partners at the local, provincial, and federal levels will be conducting enhanced surveillance during the period of the Games.