Ontario Accepting Proposals for Ontario Place Development
Search is on for new ideas that will attract year-round local and international visitors
Today Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced a new vision for Ontario Place that will maximize investment to develop the site as a top destination to visit, while sending a strong signal around the world that Ontario is open for business.
"We're going to bring Ontario Place back to life and make it a spectacular world-class, year-round destination to visit in North America," said Minister Tibollo. "Our vision for Ontario Place will make it an impressive attraction that could include exciting sport and entertainment landmarks, public parks or shopping. We could also have places for recreation, for people to come together and to hear great music at the existing amphitheater."
Minister Tibollo announced that an Expression of Interest process will open this spring that will encourage potential partners from around the world to take a fresh look at Ontario Place and make this vision a reality. Ontario Place is a unique waterfront asset, and this search will send a clear message that the Government for the People is serious about renewing the site as an iconic cultural and tourism destination.
"Our Government for the People believes in and supports the innovation of the private sector and we're going to search world-wide for the most innovative ideas out there," said Minister Tibollo. "We have a unique opportunity here to create something special at Ontario Place and I'm confident that we're going to see some great ideas come out of this process."
As a first step, parties who are interested right now are invited to visit the website for more information about the opportunity at Ontario Place and will have the opportunity to submit their proposals in advance of the launch of the Expression of Interest. Interested parties will also be able to request more detailed information about the site to help inform their submissions. Ontario will also explore interim opportunities to bring in short term and summer programming while longer-term plans are explored.
"We told the people of Ontario that we would make Ontario Place a spectacular destination," said Tibollo. "We are committed to finding the best private sector partners to renew Ontario Place so that it can once again be an attraction that people can be proud of."