CN Tower getting $21 million upgrade

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

A new glass floor is included in a $21 million upgrade plan for Toronto’s CN Tower, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement announced on Friday.

Canada Lands’ plans to modernize the CN Tower’s Outdoor Terrace Level, maximize year-round indoor viewing capacity, extend indoor observation, and provide a new and uninterrupted glass floor. The newly renovated space will feature state-of-the-art interactive video walls to create opportunities for enhanced engagement.

“Toronto’s vibrant tourism industry was hit hard by COVID-19. Canada Lands’ investment of $21 million will provide visitors with a new experience to explore and discover at one of our country’s most beloved attractions, and give Toronto the boost it deserves.” Anita Anand, minister of Public Services and Procurement, said in a statement.

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The renovated space is expected to open next summer, and one of the key elements will be improved accessibility.

It’s the second phase of the CN Tower’s renovation plan that included a $16-million Main Observation Level renovation in 2018. The Main Observation Level now features floor-to-ceiling glass “Window Walls,” which improve accessibility to provide near seamless and unobstructed panoramic views of Toronto.

“Today’s announcement is anchored to our commitment to accessibility. It marks another exciting chapter in the CN Tower’s history as a national icon and celebration destination,” said Robert Howald, President and CEO, Canada Lands Company.

The announcement was made on the day that the CN Tower reopened to visitors after more than nine months.

“Welcoming back visitors and residents to the CN Tower is a true sign of the reopening of our city. I want to thank Canada Lands for investing in the Tower and for helping us make sure Toronto and its tourism industry comes back stronger than ever,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Canada Lands Company is a self-financing federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate development and attractions management.

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