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Province to make announcement about Ontario Place

News Staff | posted Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The Ford government will be making an announcement about the future of Ontario Place on Tuesday and according to a report, the property will not include a casino.

Minister of Tourism Michael Tibollo and Minister of Infrastructure Monte McNaughton are set to address to the media later in the morning.

The province had been asking for ideas to redevelop Ontario Place, saying it wants to make the space that first opened May 1971 an impressive attraction.

The Toronto Star reports the province will be announcing that a casino won’t be in the works for the former amusement park.

The latest attempt to resurrect the park comes after the province closed it to the public in 2012 due to falling revenues and tight provincial finances. At that time, the Liberal government said attendance had fallen from 2.5 million when the park opened in 1971 to about 300,000.

The areas of Ontario Place that the government is proposing to redevelop include the mainland, its islands, the pods and the Cinesphere.

The idea of a casino was not embraced by the public or members of city council.

A poll by Forum Research earlier this year showed 56 percent of respondents were against the idea of a casino.

The City of Toronto is a partial owner of the property and there have been some complaints by councillors that there has been no consultation with council on the plans for Ontario Place.

“The City of Toronto has not been consulted. To be clear, the City of Toronto owns part of the Ontario Place lands,” Coun. Joe Cressy said in a tweet.

With files from The Canadian Press

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