The Pan Am Games may have come to a close Sunday night, but the games are still being called a great success story.
The Province has released some numbers associated with the games, which were the most successful ever for this country.
Team Canada won a record 217 medals, putting it in second place in overall count, and 78 of those were gold.
Ontario athletes won 109 medals. Of those, 40 were gold, 33 silver and 36 were bronze.
As well, more than 1 million tickets were sold for the various events, and more than 1 million people attended celebrations at 7 sites.
Over 23, 000 volunteers welcomed 7, 100 athletes and officials from 41 countries and territories, and about 250, 000 visitors from around the globe.
More than 85% said they were satisfied with their transportation over the last couple of weeks. GO buses using HOV lanes regularly arrived ahead of schedule, and over 95% of Games vehicles arrived on or ahead of schedule. And travel times in the other lanes improved as drivers adapted.
The Province also says the Games are expected to create 26,000 jobs and boost Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017.
Ontario will again be hosting top athletes from around the world from August 7 to 15, for the Parapan Am Games. About 3,200 athletes and officials from 28 countries and territories will compete in 16 sports.