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May 5, 2009
City prepares to bid for 2015 World Police and Fire Games
Toronto’s bid to host the 2015 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) received the unanimous support of the City’s Executive Committee yesterday.

“Toronto is Canada's leading tourist destination and major events are an important way we showcase our vibrant and diverse city to Canada and the rest of the world,” said Mayor David Miller. “These Games will continue to create economic prosperity for Toronto in the future.”

The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) are a 10-day, multi-sport event for full-time and retired professional firefighters and sworn law enforcement officers, and are a celebration of individuals and organizations involved in community safety, protection and engagement. The games are projected to generate $49 million in economic impacts and bring close to 30,000 visitors to Toronto in 2015.

“The 2015 WPFG bid is a great way to have constructive engagement with youth in priority neighbourhoods, promote career opportunities in emergency services, and generate greater awareness and support for programs which contribute to community safety,” said William Blair, Chief of Police. “By hosting the Games, we hope that youth will be encouraged to become actively involved in sport and the Emergency Services community.”

“Hosting the 2015 World Police and Fire Games will celebrate the dedicated police and fire professions through sport, build stronger camaraderie, and support social cohesion within Toronto,” said William Stewart, Toronto Fire Services Chief. “The WFPG will provide an excellent opportunity for Toronto to showcase itself as a first-class city with a premier emergency response team.”

The winning city for the 2015 WPFG will be announced on July 31, 2009. Information about the games can be found online at The proposed dates of a Toronto WPFG are June 5 to June 14, 2015.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Duncan Ross, City of Toronto, 416-397-5395,
Debbie Higgins, Executive Officer, Toronto Fire Services, 416-338-9070,
Supt. Kimberley Greenwood, Toronto Police Services, 416-808-5114,



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