Pan Am Security Costs Increase

Contract for 2015 "almost in place"

Pan Am Games mascot
Canadian Press/CTV

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.
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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  1. Frankie posted on 03/03/2014 01:30 PM
    Surprise surprise surprise!! As usual the lying Liberals conned Ontario into signing up for this boondoggle (with former Liberal Premier David Peterson's involvement, need I say more), lied to us about the costs so there'd be public support, then keep lying about the actual costs until it's too late to stop this additional fiscal disaster.

    We keep electing these people that lie, "steal", and have no accountability whatsoever. They must laugh all the way to the election booths while idiots keep voting them in.
  2. dama posted on 03/03/2014 02:49 PM
    Why am I not surprise? Because, no country that had hosted this type of games, had never been on budget..

    There are a lot of corruptions in awarding contracts to companies, if you will to dig deeper, you will find that these companies are probably backers of The Liberal party.. if the PC is the governing party, you will see the same .. you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.. screw the taxpayer.....
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/03/2014 03:57 PM
    Another job well done....courtesy of your Ontario Liberal government.

    This is Kathleen Wynne, and I approve this message.
    1. HP posted on 03/03/2014 04:41 PM
      @Karl Burgin Funny how fast you all forget about Harper and the skyrocketing security costs for the went over a $billion, money was squandered for gazebos and fake lakes, peoples' human rights were trampled on and security became a police riot.

      Everyone knew that the games were way underestimated and that huge cost overruns were anticipated...why is this a surprise? Wait 'til we gat the final bill.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 03/03/2014 04:46 PM
      @HP Nope...haven't forgotten that either.
      Or that fact that nothing was planned thoroughly or properly during that time. Which we all know helped contribute to Toronto turning into a war zone during the G20.


      1.> Harper is not the topic at hand
      2.> The Liberals we have now seems to have wasted more money than any government in the western free-democratic world I know of, past, present and probably future (future based on the assumption that there will be safe-measures in place so such obscene waste will never happen again.)
      But it is this very same group of Liberals that say they will do things differently- and that they are the face of change. I'm still waiting for that change, and I'm not willing to hold my breath that long.
    3. Frankie posted on 03/03/2014 05:07 PM
      @HP Agree with comments re G20 & Conservatives, but that's already over and dealt with. The difference is there isn't a single redeeming feature the Liberals have to offer. At least the Conservatives on balance have had a positive effect on the economy.

      The Liberals are only capable of going from bad to worse, with no end in sight so long as we have idiot voters (and the NDP) keeping them in power.
  4. Lynne posted on 03/03/2014 04:05 PM
    why are we not surprised? what a bunch of blatantly crooked jerks those Libs are.
  5. John posted on 03/03/2014 05:55 PM
    i see the regular haters are out with nothing to say. nothing comes in at cost idiots.
    let see fat Fords subway in Scar quadruple then who will you blame?
    what were our costs for security at g20? how long does the taxpayer have to pay for that? the right are such idiots. face it idiots the Libs or NDP will win whenever there is an election. you think the voter would say "oh Hudak would of guaranteed the costs from day one. pfttt.
  6. Cranky Tim posted on 03/03/2014 08:39 PM
    It is government running an event, it wouldn't matter PC, Liberal or please no NDP. There are always overruns, there are always things that cost more 8 years later and no one wants to put in an extra 20% for increases, inflation or contingencies it is just bad optics, prudent, but bad optics.
    It is just for optics that the athlete's village was left out, using the excuse that it will become housing and dorm buildings so it isn't actually a cost...really, trust me and the cheque is in the mail!

    Just be happy about one thing, it Isn't the Olympics. That would put the city and province into receivership with the only way out to suck more money out of our pockets. If Canada gets another Olympics lets pray it is back in Calgary so they may be able to re-use some of the old venues and oil will pay for it
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