TORONTO — Therme Group is working with the Ontario government and the City of Toronto to re-vitalize Ontario Place and offer a greater selection of year-round events and activities. The new Ontario Place will include pools, waterslides, botanical gardens, eight acres of free public parking and beach access and more.
“Therme is a unique, all-season experience. It’s a natural urban oasis where people can have fun, relax and unwind from their busy lives — boosting their physical and mental health,” says Dr. Robert Hanea, CEO of Therme Group. “The future of Ontario Place will be defined by how successful it can be connecting people to the water. Through our technology and by engaging the community, Therme and our partners will add a new architectural landmark that will play a role in bringing more people back to the waterfront, capturing the original spirit of Ontario Place from 50 years ago.”
“Ontario Place is an iconic and valuable location. Its re-development provides a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver something incredible for the people of Ontario,” says Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Therme Group’s advanced, accessible approach to holistic wellness is popular throughout Europe, and will be a welcome addition to Ontario Place — bringing a world-class, family-friendly wellness and cultural attraction to our province that creates unforgettable experiences for all visitors, while providing good jobs and playing a key role in supporting Ontario’s social and economic recovery.”
Therme is partnering with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) to expand its historical knowledge of the waterfront and the generations of Indigenous peoples who relied upon them.
“The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), as the Treaty First Nation, have been working with Therme Group since the concept stage of their proposed re-development of Ontario Place. I’m pleased that Therme Group has recognized and embraced the importance of ensuring an accurate accounting of the history of the MCFN as it relates to these lands,” says Chief R. Stacey Laforme. “The commitment shown by Therme Group encourages us to move forward with them in their proposed re-development plans. The MCFN is excited about deepening a positive, productive and long-lasting relationship with Therme Group as it will allow for a reconnection to the Toronto waterfront.”
Therme is also partnering with the Black North Initiative and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to develop a diversity strategy, support the development of programs focusing on the contributions of the Black community locally and nationally and promote the role of art and film in forming connections.
The re-development project will create more than 2,200 construction jobs and 800 full-time positions, and will welcome up to three million visitors each year.