Project Purpose & Scope

The First Parliament Project will examine how the site can best be developed in order to tell important stories from its history and serve related community purposes. The project will include two phases:

Phase 1: Heritage Interpretation Strategy

During the first phase of the heritage interpretation strategy, the consultant team will research the histories and the evolution of the site to identify key historical themes. The team will refer to archival material and will consult with stakeholders and community members.

Phase 2: Master Plan

The second phase will confirm the heritage values uncovered in Phase 1, create a vision and guiding principles, and determine what uses are most appropriate for the First Parliament site. The Master Plan will illustrate what the site might ultimately look like, and provide guidance for future implementation.

Project Participants

The First Parliament Project is sponsored by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario. Local community groups and the general public are important participants in the Project.

Client Team

City of Toronto – Toronto Public Library, Museum and Cultural Services, Heritage Preservation Services, City Planning, Parks Forestry & Recreation, Facilities Management, Real Estate Services and Councillor’s Office
Province of Ontario – Ontario Heritage Trust

Consultant Team

Project Lead and Landscape Architects – DTAH (Peter Smith and Chris Veres)
Heritage Planners and Architects – EVOQ Architecture (Dima Cook)
Interpretation Specialists – Lord Cultural Resources (Dov Goldstein and Sarah Hill)
Public Consultation – MASS LBP (Chris Ellis and Eva O’Brien)
Planning – Gladki Planning Associates (John Gladki and Sara Udow)
Archaeology – ASI Heritage (David Robertson)
Environmental Engineering – AiMS Environmental (Ollie Owens)
Cost Consultant – A.W. Hooker (Tim Moore)