First Parliament Site Master Plan Community Meeting

The First Parliament site is a publicly-owned property located at Front and Parliament Streets in the historic part of downtown Toronto. The site carries important historical themes that, to this day, reveal the fascinating evolution of the City, the Province, and the Nation. It was on this site that the first purpose-built Parliament Buildings of Upper Canada were located from 1797–1824.

In 2017, the City of Toronto undertook public engagement and other work to develop a Heritage Interpretation Strategy for First Parliament. The Heritage Interpretation Strategy confirms the stories that should be told, identifies the primary audiences, and sets out the general means of interpretation for the site.

First Parliament Buildings in York, 1796. These buildings stood on Beverley St. (now Front) E., on site of Gas W of 1846-64. They were built of Brick with a corridor of wood in the rear.

Phase 2 of the project will produce a Master Plan for First Parliament. The Master Plan is a planning document that sets out a vision, guiding principles, and an outline plan for the future development of the site. The Master Plan will build on the heritage values set out in the Heritage Interpretation Strategy.

Public and stakeholder engagement is an essential part of the site planning process. Everyone who is interested in the site’s history and future development is invited to become involved in the upcoming engagement process.

Present day aerial view of the first parliament site.

The goals of this Master Planning Community Meeting workshop are to:

  • Better understand the possible roles the site could play in the community;
  • Refine and prioritize a vision and guiding principles for the site; and
  • Confirm the development options that should be considered

When: October 15, 2019 Start: 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: The St Lawrence Market Tent Address: 125 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3

Constructed in 1797, the First Parliament Buildings of Upper Canada were located at the corner of Front and Parliament Streets in downtown Toronto. The City of Toronto has initiated a project to develop a Heritage Interpretation Strategy and Master Plan to reveal the site’s important role in the development of the City, the Province, and country.

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