Eleanor McMahon Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport has said that “Ontario is proud to have hosted the 2017 Invictus Games for the first time and witness the healing power of sport. Congratulations to the competitors on Team Canada who turned in inspirational performances at the Games! You are the embodiment of dedication, perseverance and once more represented your country with pride. We are excited to build on this momentum to create a world class parasport system in Ontario.
Ontario is celebrating the outstanding performance of Team Canada competitors at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, and the lasting legacy that the Games will leave for people across the province.
Some 75,000 people attended events during the eight days of competition and the Games were covered worldwide. Many events including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball and the closing ceremony were sold out – demonstrating how spectators rallied to cheer on the competitors. Team Canada competed in all 12 sports across the Greater Toronto Area with strong performances by its competitors.
Building on the success of the Games, Ontario is making a legacy investment in parasport in Ontario. This funding will encourage long-term athlete development, enhance coaches’ training and provide better opportunities to those living with disabilities to participate in sport.
The sport equipment used during the Games will also be distributed to Indigenous Communities, ParaSport Ontario and other sport organizations. The surplus medical supplies and equipment will be donated to Sunnybrook Veterans’ Hospital, veterans’ community housing, and the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Games represented the power of sport to challenge, inspire and overcome limitations, and offered a unique opportunity for service men and women to foster camaraderie, promote recovery and rediscover a sense of belonging.
Hosting international athletic competitions is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.