Search is on for an Innovative Partner at Ontario Place’s West Island

Province Taking Next Step in Transforming Iconic Waterfront Site

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The province is seeking a partner for Ontario Place’s West Island as it moves ahead on transforming the site into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination that is innovative, fun and engaging for residents and visitors of all ages.

The search is on for an anchor partner that will help realize the province’s vision for the West Island of Ontario Place as a vibrant hub for culture, discovery and innovation. Any proposal must protect and enhance public access to the waterfront and visitors’ ability to enjoy this unique public asset, including retaining the Cinesphere and pods. Residential or gaming uses will not be permitted.

Finding a partner for the West Island is the next phase in transforming Ontario Place into a year-round waterfront destination. The first phase, the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, was completed in June 2017 as part of Ontario’s 150th anniversary celebrations and adds 7.5 acres of new park land to Toronto’s waterfront.

While this process is underway, Ontario is upgrading the Cinesphere, creating event spaces out of two existing pods and animating the West Island for various events including four Ontario150-themed festivals.

Transforming Ontario Place into an innovative and exciting public space is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has launched a call for submissions to secure an anchor tenant on the West Island. The call, which closes on September 29, 2017, invites submissions from organizations with development concepts that will attract a wide range of visitors to the site.
  • Ontario Place is open for people to enjoy and, as part of Ontario’s 150th anniversary celebrations, is hosting several themed and free events throughout the year.
  • The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail was completed in June 2017, welcoming people back to a spectacular piece of Toronto’s waterfront for the first time in over forty years.

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Eleanor McMahon

“Launching the process to secure an anchor tenant for the West Island is another example of our progress on the transformation of Ontario Place. I am excited about this next step and look forward to receiving a broad range of proposals that protect public access to the waterfront and aim to increase people’s enjoyment of this spectacular site.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Securing an anchor tenant for the West Island will ensure that Ontario Place is at the centre of countless memories for a whole new generation of Ontarians. Along with the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail and all the events and festivals happening at Ontario Place this summer, today’s announcement is an important step towards transforming Ontario Place into a premier, year-round waterfront destination for everyone to enjoy.”

Penny Lipsett

Chair of the Board, Ontario Place Corporation

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