Ontario Government Announces Information Sessions and Survey on Ontario Place Redevelopment
The Provincial Government has announced virtual public information sessions and an online survey for the Ontario Place redevelopment.
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.
In July, the Province announced the private partners they have selected for the redevelopment, without any prior public consultation.
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.
These principles represent core values that must be incorporated into any final plan for Ontario Place: public accessibility at the site, including affordability; an integrated public realm with strong connections across Lake Shore Blvd to Exhibition Place; a robust celebration of the heritage of the site, and more.
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.
While the information sessions and online survey seem to be aimed at confirming the announced plans, 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.
As directed by City Council, the City of Toronto will be conducting its own public engagement on matters of municipal jurisdiction and interest this fall. I will keep you updated as those meetings are scheduled.
Ontario Government Virtual Information Sessions:
October 13th, 5:00pm and October 27th, 6:30pm. Register here
Online Survey: Participate here