Big changes are coming to two of Toronto’s most iconic landmarks. The Ontario Science Centre will officially be relocating to its brand new home at none other than Ontario Place.
The provincial government made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that the Science Centre we know and love will be moving to “a custom-built, state-of-the-art facility” on the waterfront, in the recently-upgraded Cinesphere and Pod complex.
According to Ontario’s Infrastructure Minister Kinga Surma, the new and improved science museum will probably be smaller in size than it is today.
“The future Science Centre will likely be smaller than what’s existed today,” said Surma to CTV News.
The goal of the new Science Centre will be to attract and inspire a new generation of visitors.
It is set to become a “globally recognized institution that will provide exciting new opportunities for hands-on learning experiences that can engage and captivate visitors, while inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals,” said Tourism Minister Neil Lumsden.
Construction for the new Science Centre will begin in 2025, said officials to CTV.
As for the attraction’s current location in North York, Premier Doug Ford said that it will be used to build “transit-oriented communities” thanks to its prime location at the start of the Ontario Line.
Ford said that “thousands of units” will be built at the site, and that the goal is to “create as much density as possible.”
The Science Centre is one of many elements of the massive Ontario Place redevelopment project.
The province says that Ontario Place is on its way to becoming a world-class destination that will attract up to 6 million visitors year-round and create up to 5,000 jobs.
The plans include “more beaches, more greenspace, [and] more trails,” as well as “a year-round Live Nation concert venue and expanded food and beverage offerings,” according to the Premier.
More details about the Science Centre’s relocation will be provided at a later time, and we’re looking forward to what comes next!