Statement on the Province of Ontario's Announcement on the Future of Ontario Place
Today, the Ontario Government announced the private partners they have selected for the redevelopment of Ontario Place.
Ontario Place represents 155 acres of public land on the waterfront, located in the heart of Toronto, a heritage site of international importance, and heavily-used public parkland. It is unacceptable and deeply disappointing that such important decisions about the future of Ontario Place have been made entirely behind closed doors, without transparency and broad meaningful input from the public or the City of Toronto.
The City of Toronto has consistently advocated for a strong partnership with the Provincial Government when it comes to the future of Ontario Place – one that is rooted in openness and transparency. In 2019, City Council approved a set of Guiding Principles for the Revitalization of Ontario Place, which were created through public consultation and the Subcommittee on Ontario Place. In addition to creating a showcase and destination for Ontario, the Principles call on the Province to work with the City to ensure that all decisions are made through a transparent public process.
In June of this year, City Council endorsed a motion requesting that the Province hold public meetings on the future of Ontario Place as soon as possible. I urge the Province to take next steps with active collaboration, engagement, and respect for the valuable lands and crucial public asset that Ontario Place represents.
That's how we create an Ontario Place that is truly for all.