Ontario Officially Launches World-Wide Search for Development Partners

Province seeking submissions to reinvent Ontario Place as a spectacular destination

Sarnia-Lambton — Ontario’s government for the people is launching a world-wide search to find a private sector partner, or partners, with the best, most remarkable concepts to develop Ontario Place, another important step in transforming the site into a world-class destination.

Through a Call for Development, the province is encouraging interested parties to take a fresh look at this unique waterfront asset. The province is seeking transformational ideas that are financially viable from partner(s) who have the right experience and capacity to design, implement and operate their development on the site. Residential developments or casinos will not be considered.

“We are excited to hear from developers around the world about what they envision for the site,” said MPP Bob Bailey. “Ontario Place is a provincial gem, and with our government’s strong vision this call for development is sure to result in an outstanding destination for people in Sarnia-Lambton.”

“The former government ignored this gem and let it deteriorate for far too long,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We have a real opportunity here to unlock the great potential of Ontario Place as a year-round, world-class destination that can attract visitors from Canada and abroad, as well as Ontarians.”

This Call for Development follows the government’s invitation in January to interested parties to submit their ideas early. Submissions should be commercially feasible and reflect the province’s vision for the site as a spectacular destination that could include sport and entertainment landmarks, public spaces and parks, recreational facilities, as well as retail.

“Our government promised to move quickly to bring Ontario Place back to life and we are delivering on that promise,” said Tibollo. “We are inviting partners from around the world to submit their designs and ideas for a reimagined Ontario Place.”


  • Interested parties are invited to visit OntarioPlaceDevelopment.com for more information on the opportunity and details on how to make a submission.
  • Submissions are due September 3, 2019.
  • Infrastructure Ontario has engaged KPMG and Colliers to market and promote this opportunity.


Ontario Accepting Proposals for Ontario Place Development