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Revitalizing Ontario Place

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Revitalizing Ontario Place

Province Plans Year-Round Waterfront Destination for All Ontarians to Enjoy

The province is moving forward with its long-term vision to revitalize Ontario Place into a vibrant waterfront destination. The government's plan does not include residential development of any kind on a space that should remain public.

The revitalized Ontario Place will offer the public access to a spectacular part of Toronto and a mix of outdoor and indoor features, including:

  • Greater public recreational space -- a collection of green spaces and a blue park for water activities, as well as a waterfront trail.
  • A celebration common -- an area for cultural activities, festivals and community events.
  • Live music legacy -- expansion of live music options that will include continuing performances at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, as well as exploring options to bring live music acts to the site year-round.
  • A hub for culture, discovery and innovation -- new facilities that have an eye towards the future, focused on learning and research.
  • Cinesphere and pods -- will be conserved as an important part of the site's cultural heritage.
  • A canal district -- a waterfront promenade lined with stores and restaurants.
  • Improved connections -- including a landscaped pedestrian bridge that doubles as a gathering space extending across Lake Shore Boulevard and linking with Exhibition Place.

The province continues to work closely with the City of Toronto to realize the shared potential of Ontario Place and Exhibition Place.

Revitalizing Ontario Place is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.

Quick Facts

  • The first phase of Ontario Place revitalization is building the urban park and waterfront trail.
  • The next stage of work includes an environmental assessment and land-use planning process, further consultations with Ontarians and soil remediation.
  • Ontario Place sits on 63 hectares — 28 of land and 35 of water lots.
  • The Minister's Advisory Panel on Ontario Place Revitalization released a report in July 2012 containing 18 recommendations on how to transform Ontario Place. The new vision reinforces the guiding principles in the report to create a destination that is open year round.

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“Our government is committed to ensuring the future of Ontario Place continues to be a place for people of all ages to enjoy in every season. Ontarians have said they want year-round public access, a continuation of the rich legacy of live music and a desire for an innovative destination that unites land and water — we listened and we are moving forward. Our bold new vision for Ontario Place revitalization will deliver on expectations and ensure the public interest is protected.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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