On Friday, January 18th, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Tibollo, announced a new vision for Ontario Place to develop the site as a top destination to visit.
“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.
“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.
As a first step, parties who are interested right now are invited to visit the website (www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-place) 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.”