The First Parliament Site is currently undergoing a Master Plan revitalization strategy to create a vision, guiding planning principles, and a plan to develop the site over the next 10 to 20 years. The Master Planning process has engaged thousands of stakeholders and identified partnerships. There have been many community-led recommendations for the site, including a public library, affordable housing, parkland, additional open space, and more.
Phase One: Heritage Interpretation Strategy
Beginning in 2018, Phase One of the First Parliament Master Plan included the assembly of a team of consultants who researched the histories and evolution of the site to identify key historical themes. This team referred to archival materials and engaged with local stakeholders and community members. This work is now complete and Phase Two is underway. Review the Heritage Interpretation Strategy.
Phase Two: First Parliament Master Plan
Beginning in fall 2019, Phase Two of the First Parliament Master Plan built on the heritage values, and creates a vision and guiding principles for the site that City staff will use to review the development of the site over the next 10 to 20 years. The Master Planning process has engaged numerous stakeholders, identified community partnerships, and developed an overall vision and implementation plan for the site, including a library affordable housing and community parkland.
As reported the provincial expropriation is to facilitate the construction of the Ontario Line station that is being planned on the provincially-owned portion of the block at 265 Front Street East. In their written communication, the Province has indicated it seeks to take possession and titled ownership of the First Parliament lands as soon as August 2021. City staff have stated that this is an“aggressive” timeline, especially since they received no prior notice of this intended action.
It is important to expedite transit expansion, but there is public concern that if these lands are entirely eliminated from the First Parliament Master Plan, it may prevent the City of Toronto and communities from achieving the other important city-building aspirations for this site.