Ontario government seeking proposals for Ontario Place

The government of Ontario is seeking proposals from developers for the redevelopment of Ontario Place – and it will not consider residential proposals.

Michael Tibollo, the minister of tourism, culture and sport, announced an expression of interest process. He said he wants Ontario Place to be a world-class, year-round destination – that could include sport and entertainment landmarks, public parks, shopping and recreation.

He said in a statement:  “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 amphitheatre.”

Ontario Place was closed to the public in 2012. Attendance had fallen from 2.5 million from when it opened in 1971 – down to 300,000. A redevelopment has been in the pipeline before but never came to fruition.

The government have not ruled out a casino – but Toronto Mayor John Tory says he is opposed to one.

The government will maintain the Budweiser Stage and three hectares of park land.

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