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Toronto’s West Don Lands, seen June 21, 2012, will be home to the PanAm Games’ athletes village. (Michelle Siu For The Globe and Mail)
Toronto’s West Don Lands, seen June 21, 2012, will be home to the PanAm Games’ athletes village. (Michelle Siu For The Globe and Mail)

Pan Am Games security cost jumps to $239-million Add to ...

Security costs for the 2015 Pan American Games in the Toronto area are on the rise.

The Ministry of Community Safety says a contract is now “almost in place” for private security services at next year’s Pan Am/Parapan Am Games across southern Ontario.

The Ministry says the estimated total costs for securing the Games will increase to approximately $239-million from the previous estimate of $206-million.

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However, it cautions that security planning is ongoing and must respond to any specific threats that may be identified in the future.

The security bill is just a fraction of the nearly $900-million spent on security at the Vancouver Olympics, but officials say there is a lower risk profile at the Pan Am Games.

Ontario’s Liberal government is already under fire for not including the cost of building the athletes’ village in its original $1.4-billion budget for the games.

The total price, including security, transportation and the athletes’ village, will drive the cost of Toronto’s Pan Am Games to an estimated $2.5-billion.

The province hopes to recoup $65-million when the athletes’ housing is turned into 253 affordable rental apartments, an 8,000-square-foot YMCA and 500 residences for George Brown College students after the Games.

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