The Future of Parklands surrounding Ontario Place: Speak up on April 27th.

On April 27, 5:00 pm please speak up for nature at Ontario Place – in particular, the future parklands that will surround the proposed new development. A major redevelopment – featuring a massive (65,000 square metre) private spa – is proposed for the site by Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the province, which owns the lands. Many groups have raised concerns about the impacts on wildlife habitat and the loss of hundreds of trees, as well as the overwhelming size and scale of the proposal.  City staff planners have echoed these concerns in a recent status report. For more info, check out a recent TFN deputation on Ontario Place; and the website of Ontario Place for All.

On April 27, provincial representatives will discuss the Environmental Assessment process and present the recommended design for Ontario Place’s public realm (i.e., the parklands.) In small breakout groups, the meeting organizers will host open conversations to gather feedback about the recommended design. On Zoom, you’ll be able to contribute via video, audio and/or chat, whichever is most comfortable for you. Please register for the event at

Your councillor – wherever you live in Toronto – also needs to hear that you care about protecting natural habitats for migratory birds and other wildlife throughout our waterfront parkland, including at Ontario Place. Please take a moment to email your councillor with that message. 

Check out a recent episode of our Toronto Nature Now show with Francesca Bouaoun from Ontario Place For All.

Wildlife at Ontario Place

Toronto Field Naturalists wishes to acknowledge this Land through which we walk. For thousands of years, the Land has been shared by the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe. Toronto is situated on the Land within the Toronto Purchase, Treaty 13, the traditional and treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is also part of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum, a covenant agreement between Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Wendat peoples and allied nations to peaceably share the land and all its resources. Today, the Land is home to peoples of numerous nations. We are all grateful to have the opportunity to continue to care for and share the beauty of this Land.