Province Announces Ontario Place Redevelopment

Published on July 30, 2021

August 30, 2021 Update

 

The government is launching a provincewide digital engagement process – we want to hear how Ontarians see themselves using a redeveloped Ontario Place and what features are important to them.

 

The public survey is available online through Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace, along with information about the Ontario Place site and the redevelopment process, including the three successful participants. The survey will be open for nine weeks, closing in late October.

 

In addition to the survey, there will be two provincewide virtual public information sessions on October 13 and 27, which will provide additional opportunities for the public to learn about the planned redevelopment and provide input. More information about the virtual sessions, including how to pre-register, is available through Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace.

 

For more information, contact our constituency office at 905-853-9889 or [email protected]

 

 

July 30, 2021

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ontario Place. When it opened in 1971, it was designed to reflect all that we, as Ontarians, embodied: our heritage, our diversity, our creativity and our future potential.

 

Ontario Place holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Ontarians for the many family friendly events and activities that have been enjoyed by millions over the past 50 years.

 

That’s why the government will redevelop Ontario Place a world-class year-round destination that will attract local, provincial and international visitors – with potential landmarks such as sports and entertainment attractions, and retail.

 

Through the 2019 Call for Development, we actively searched for the best partners from around the world to work with us on this unique opportunity – to redevelop Ontario Place in a sustainable way – one that respects our historical and natural features while at the same time showcasing Ontario as the world in one province, a true reflection of our diversity & multiculturalism while recognizing its strong Indigenous roots.

 

Three successful participants were chosen, based on their:

  • Alignment with government’s vision
  • Concept viability
  • Delivery certainty, team qualification and expertise
  • Costs and benefits to the province.

 

A redeveloped Ontario Place will include world-class attractions by:

    • Therme Group, who is delivering a family-friendly health and wellness experience with botanical gardens, including pools, waterslides, and health and wellness services and over eight acres of free, publicly accessible gathering spaces, outdoor gardens, and an expanded and upgraded public beach
    • Écorécréo Group, who is building an outdoor, family-friendly adventure and activity park
    • Live Nation, who will bring a brand new, all-season music and entertainment venue to Ontario Place.

 

These attractions will help deliver an exciting, inclusive and family-friendly experience to approximately 5 million visitors a year and play a key role in the province’s post-pandemic recovery, both as a tourism destination and as a display of Ontario’s strong cultural identity.

 

We are also working with the Ontario Science Centre to explore opportunities to have science-related tourism and educational programming at the Cinesphere and pods.

 

As we modernize the site, key features will be retained and integrated into the redevelopment, including the Cinesphere, the pod complex, the marina, Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail.

 

As we recover from COVID-19, a modern, new Ontario Place will attract visitors from across Ontario and around the world, deliver an exciting, inclusive and family-friendly experience and create unforgettable memories for a new generation.

 

A redeveloped Ontario Place will not include a casino or condos, and the land will not be sold.

 

As the project continues, the Special Advisor for Ontario Place will provide strategic, expert advice to the Premier and Minister MacLeod, and support them in discussions/engagement with key collaborators, such as the City of Toronto and Indigenous communities, to make this vision a reality and to guide collaboration and future development of the Ontario Place and Exhibition Place sites.

 

Following redevelopment, Ontario Place will have public access 365 days a year to the waterfront and new public spaces. Across the site, the public realm will be enhanced and brought up to modern standards with new parks, promenades, trails and beaches.

 

This is only the beginning of the redevelopment. The government is committed to engaging and keeping the public and stakeholders informed. As we move forward, stakeholder and public input will be critical to support the planning and development of the site.

 

Starting in August, the government will engage with Ontarians through Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace – we want to hear people’s views about what they would like to see and experience at a redeveloped Ontario Place. We will also be holding virtual public information sessions in the fall, and planning and development consultations related to the site-wide environmental assessment, heritage, and site servicing will follow in early 2022.

 

Ontario Place will have public access 365 days a year to the waterfront and new public spaces. Across the site, the public realm will be enhanced and brought up to modern standards with new parks, promenades, trails and beaches. Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000630/province-announces-ontario-place-redevelopment