The 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games


With its experience at the Vancouver Games, the Dialogue Foundation offers to play an active role with the Organizing Committee, provincial and federal governments and French language communities, to ensure participation of Francophones from all countries in the Pan American and Parapan American Games in Toronto in 2015. The Dialogue Foundation now has expertise that would greatly help to promote inclusion of the official languages in many facets of organizing these Games.

The Dialogue Foundation aims to bring Canadian Francophonie together to consult and set together the objectives of our involvement. Many community and public agencies and organizations work for development of the French language in the country and are therefore likely allies for optimizing broadcasting of the Canadian Francophonie during the Toronto Games 2015.

Given the location of the event and the creation of direct benefits for the hosting community, the Dialogue Foundation believes that it is vital to include the Ontario Francophone community, represented by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), the umbrella organization and political voice of Francophones in the province. It acts as spokesperson and voice for Francophones. The AFO would be mandated to mobilize local, regional and provincial organizations. 

Signing of a cooperation agreement
To demonstrate the Canadian Francophone community's involvement in organizing the 2015 Toronto Games, the Dialogue Foundation proposes creation of a cooperation agreement between the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario. Such an agreement would confirm the signatories' roles, engage the partners to work towards the Games' success and clarify areas of cooperation.

Creation of a strategic intervention plan and an action plan.
Following the signing of a cooperation agreement, the Dialogue Foundation intends to create a working committee comprised of representatives from various Francophone communities to identify the major issues of collective action. This working group will carry out an action plan which will develop specific initiatives to reach the objectives set by the community.

On November 6, 2009, Toronto was awarded the significant honour of hosting the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. In July and August 2015, Toronto and the greater Golden Horseshoe region will have the enormous pleasure of welcoming more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 42 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean as part of the 17th Pan American Games.