Ontario Place Due Diligence

2012 - 2013

Toronto, Ontario

Urban Strategies was retained by Infrastructure Ontario to undertake a Due Diligence analysis for Ontario Place — 62.5 ha of a pioneering waterfront landmark in Toronto.  In 2012, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport announced the formation of an Advisory Panel that would examine developing a framework for revitalizing Ontario Place. The Ontario Place Revitalization Report recommended an in-depth due diligence exercise to understand the range of issues and opportunities present on this unique legacy waterfront.

Urban Strategies Inc., together with eight consulting professions, was retained by Infrastructure Ontario to evaluate Ontario Place’s land and water assets. The range of issues examined included: planning policy; landscape and urban design; aviation; noise; transportation; natural heritage; municipal servicing; utilities; and market considerations.  Central to all studies was a thorough examination of possible land uses and adaptive reuse strategies. Urban Strategies synthesized themes for Ontario Place’s reinvention and communicated options in clear and concise graphics for internal decision-making. Findings from our study have become the foundation for a 21st century mandate at Ontario Place.

Province asks for Ontario Place development proposals — but no condos or casinos (The Toronto Star)

Ontario Place: Province Invites Development Proposals (Urban Toronto)