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Ontario Science Centre Closes Amid Structural Concerns: Province to Reimburse Members and Offer Alternative Summer Camps

Toronto — The Ontario Science Centre, a beloved Toronto landmark for over five decades, has been forced to close its doors due to serious structural concerns identified in a recent engineering report. Effective end-of-day Friday, the facility at 770 Don Mills Road will cease operations, with previously scheduled private events allowed to proceed over the weekend.

The closure decision follows a comprehensive report from Rimkus Consulting Group, commissioned by Infrastructure Ontario. The report highlighted the potential for roof panel failure due to snow load risks, which could occur as early as this winter. The Centre’s building, which is over 50 years old, has roof structures built with outdated materials that are now deteriorating.

Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma emphasized the priority of safety in this decision. “The actions taken today will protect the health and safety of visitors and staff at the Ontario Science Centre while supporting its eventual reopening in a new, state-of-the-art facility,” said Surma. “In the meantime, we are making every effort to avoid disruption to the public and help the Ontario Science Centre continue delivering on its mandate through an interim facility, as well as alternative programming options.”

Michael Lindsay, CEO of Infrastructure Ontario, explained the gravity of the findings. “Through planned diligence with our facility managers and engineers, we discovered material issues at the Ontario Science Centre that would require significant investment and a vacant facility to remediate,” Lindsay said. The enhanced process for rainwater monitoring and roof facility management will ensure the building remains safe over the summer, allowing staff to vacate safely.

In response to the closure, the province will reimburse all members and summer camp participants within 30 days. Additionally, a nearby school will host similar summer camp programming free of charge for previously registered campers.

Infrastructure Ontario will issue a Request for Proposals to identify a temporary location for the Science Centre while plans for a new permanent home at Ontario Place are underway, with an anticipated opening as early as 2028. In the interim, the Science Centre is exploring mobile pop-up experiences and virtual programming to continue its mission of sparking curiosity and learning in science.

Paul Kortenaar, CEO of the Ontario Science Centre, expressed a mix of nostalgia and optimism. “For more than five decades, the Ontario Science Centre has been a cherished space for generations of visitors, sparking wonder and curiosity about science and the world around us every day,” said Kortenaar. “The memories created within these walls are truly special – and are the foundation on which we will build our future.”

The sudden closure of the Ontario Science Centre marks the end of an era for the historic institution but also the beginning of a transformative journey toward a modern, state-of-the-art facility. As plans progress, the commitment to science education and community engagement remains steadfast, ensuring that the legacy of the Ontario Science Centre continues to inspire future generations.


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Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at samantha.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca.

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