Durham Region will once again be hosting the Ontario Parasport Games for a second time in 2023, building on the success and legacy of hosting these Games in 2019, and continuing to grow our inclusive, accessible, and adaptive sport opportunities. The Games will welcome approximately 550 participants, including over 300 athletes competing in 11 sports at eight venues across the region, along with an opening ceremony and two dinners for participants.

The Region has previously hosted four other Ontario Games, including the Ontario Summer Games in 2000; the Ontario 55+ Summer Games in 2010; and the Ontario Parasport Games in 1979. The most recent Ontario Parasport Games in 2019 garnered around $678,000 in local economic impact; and a legacy fund of $112,000 that is being used to increase adaptive sport opportunities and participation in Durham. The 2019 Games were recognized with several national and provincial awards. The upcoming 2023 Durham Region Ontario Parasport Games are expected to result in an anticipated local economic impact of between $500,000 and $1 million.

Sport Durham, the Region of Durham’s sport tourism program, will work closely with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and community volunteers forming the Games Organizing Committee. This team will deliver another successful and memorable event for visiting participants, as well as community partners and volunteers.

Durham Region is a premier sport tourism destination, home to some of the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) best and busiest sporting complexes and venues. A sports-minded, active community, the region has an impressive resume of hosting sport events, from large international events to numerous community-based sport tournaments.


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