What you need to know about memorial halls in Ontario.
The Ontario Memorial Building is Ontario’s tallest and most impressive building, and the centrepiece of the Ontario Memorial Gardens.
It’s the site of the funeral home where the Ontario Civilian Review Board was established, where the former Ontario premier, Michael Harris, served.
The building is the largest of its kind in the world, and its iconic colour scheme has been immortalised by artist, and former astronaut, John Glenn.
In 2013, Ontario’s government announced plans to upgrade the hall with new windows, lighting, more seats and an expanded space for visitors.
The renovation of the Memorial Building was officially approved in June 2016.
It was supposed to take about a year, but it took just under two months.
The province has said that the renovations were the result of a new public consultation process, with a deadline of November 2018 for a final decision.
The hall was officially opened on November 1, 2020, and was built to withstand earthquakes and floods.
A new roof was installed in November 2017, and a new lighting system was installed on March 11, 2018.
The new lighting was supposed a few months later, but the date has yet to be set.
The building is also home to the provincial auditor general, and Ontario’s premier, Dalton McGuinty, who is also a member of the board of the federal auditor general.
A new public art gallery is also being built at the Memorial building, to be completed in time for the centennial celebrations of the Great War.
The $20 million project is to open to the public in 2019.
The centrepiece, of course, is the Ontario Heritage Museum, which opened in August 2021, and will be home to some of Ontario’s most iconic pieces of art, including the Ontario Hockey Hall of Fame, the Ontario Museum of History, the Queen’s Birthday Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and many others.
Ontario’s current premier, Kathleen Wynne, is expected to visit the museum to mark its centennial.