News Release - Nov 16, 2021

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TORONTO, ON (November 16, 2021) Space Place Canada, a community-based, Canada-wide charity, is launching an awareness and advocacy campaign to bring an iconic public planetarium to Toronto.

The public planetarium will display past and current accomplishments, Canadian champions and heroes in space, the future career opportunities in the space sector for Canadians, and how space enables citizens to address earth-bound challenges from climate change to archaeology to peace and security. 

“Toronto is the only global tourist destination city that does not have a large, iconic public planetarium, [1995 McLaughlin Planetarium closed] and we need to change that,” says Henry Lotin, Space Place Co-Founder. 

“An entire generation of Torontonians has grown up without ever experiencing the excitement and wonder of a big planetarium,” says Lotin.

SOURCE: Rendering of potential Space Place Planetarium by Bill Chomik, Kasian Architecture. (Optional Placeholder – Site Selection Pending).

Since its founding in 2018 and the launching of virtual events series in 2020, Space Place Canada has recruited more than 8,000 supporters enthusiastic about seeing a planetarium built in Toronto. 

A public planetarium promotes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics), education, experiences, careers, and recruitment in Canada, in a time of global skill shortages. 

With increased interest in space exploration, the new space economy and space tourism, Space Place Canada believe a 21st Century public planetarium will engage citizens and educate youth about opportunities for Canadians to learn about the universe and participate in the future development of space. 

A new public planetarium would allow Toronto to join New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris, Athens, Warsaw, and Shanghai as cities with major planetariums. 

Space Place Canada plans to meet with civic, corporate leaders and other institutions to detail how a 21st-century public planetarium will enhance the city’s academic growth, economy, and social life and explore prospective locations. 

A facility presenting the wonders of space is an innovating exciting story-telling format that promotes much-needed science-based programming and adds much-needed tourism infrastructure for the benefit of Toronto and Canada at large. 

Space Place Canada is grateful to MDA, Canada’s leading global space technology company, as the founding sponsor of Space Place Canada. 

About Space Place Canada 

Founded in 2018, Space Place Planetarium Canada is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary group of professionals determined to bring a public planetarium back to Toronto. 

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Space Place Canada thanks our supporters and collaborators, including MDA, Canada’s premier space-tech company and creator of the Canadarm, and support from the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University, Daisy Intelligence, Blakes, Global Public Affairs, First Canada and Stradea. 

Media contact 

Taylor Jantzi