On Jan. 18, Michael Tibollo, provincial tourism, culture and sport minister, announced a new vision for Ontario Place that will maximize investment to develop the site as a top destination to visit, as well as sending a strong signal around the world, 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 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.”
An expression of interest process will open this spring to encourage potential partners from around the world to take a fresh look at Ontario Place and make the vision a reality. Ontario Place is a one-of-a-kind waterfront asset and the search will send a clear message the government is serious about renewing the site as an iconic cultural and tourism destination.
“I’m confident that we’re going to see some great ideas come out of this process,” says Tibollo.
As a first step, interested parties 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 expression of interest launch. They 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.”