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Ontario Place redevelopment
November 8, 2023

Ontario Place redevelopment subject of new auditor general probe

The office of Ontario’s auditor general has confirmed it is looking into the provincial government’s controversial plans to redevelop Ontario Place and move the Ontario Science Centre to the waterfront.

“I can confirm that the Office of the Auditor General is conducting audits on both Ontario Place and the Ontario Science Centre,” a spokesperson for acting auditor general, Nick Stavropoulos, told CTV News Toronto Friday morning. “As these audits are currently in progress, we cannot comment on them further.”

Premier Doug Ford government’s plans for what’s been described as a “mega spa” by Austrian developer Therme at the site of the decommissioned Ontario Place have garnered criticism since they were first announced in 2021.

Community groups and local politicians who take issue with the project say that the development of a private spa and multi-level parking garage on the land will result in a loss of public space and the removal of hundreds of mature trees in the area.

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