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October 1, 2012
News Release City of Toronto issues Request for Expressions of Interest for Toronto Zoo options
  
A backgrounder follows this news release below.

The City of Toronto today issued a request for expressions of interest (REOI) to solicit ideas and information for innovative, creative, and sustainable options for the Toronto Zoo as an initial step in its sale, lease, operation or other arrangements.

Interested respondents are invited to purchase the complete REOI from the City’s website at https://wx.toronto.ca/inter/pmmd/calls.nsf/professional?OpenView . Responses are required by noon (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday, November 26.

The REOI asks respondents to propose a business model that is financially sustainable, an innovative concept plan, an appropriate governance structure, and to consider possible synergies in relation to the proposed Rouge National Urban Park adjacent to the Zoo.

The Toronto Zoo is Canada's largest zoo with over 5,000 animals kept, a land area of about 710 acres and over 1.2 million visitors annually. The Zoo is located at the north-eastern edge of the City of Toronto in the Rouge Valley adjacent to Rouge Park, an urban park with an area of 47 square kilometres encompassing a unique mosaic of river valley, creeks, forests, meadow and rural landscapes. The Toronto Zoo is divided into seven zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain. Some animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in what would be their natural environments, with viewing at many levels. It also has other areas such as the Kids Zoo, Waterside Theatre and Splash Island. See http://www.torontozoo.com/ for more information.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Backgrounder

October 1, 2012

• Following a core service review conducted in 2011 of all services, activities and service levels provided by City of Toronto divisions and agencies, Toronto City Council directed that a request for expressions of interest (REOI) be issued to determine options for the sale, lease, operation or other arrangement for the Toronto Zoo.

• The REOI document asks respondents to identify one or more options for the Zoo (I.e. sale, lease, operation or other arrangement). Respondents are encouraged to include for each identified option a business model that is financially sustainable, an innovative concept plan, an appropriate governance structure, and to consider possible synergies in relation to the proposed Rouge National Urban Park adjacent to the zoo.

• A review committee comprised of City staff, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Parks Canada will review the REOI responses.

• An independent fairness monitor has been retained to ensure adherence to high standards in objectivity and transparency during the REOI process.

• The REOI contains extensive background information and report links to inform respondents, including for example, the zoo’s history, financial and land use information, property and other regulations, information about Toronto’s Official Plan, zoning and the Rouge Park Management Plan to submit an appropriate response.

• Upon conclusion of the review committee’s work, the City Manager will make a recommendation regarding next steps to the Executive Committee and City Council. The final decision with respect to the REOI outcome rests with Toronto City Council. A report from the City Manager is expected in the spring of next year.

• The Toronto Zoo will continue its normal operations throughout the REOI process.

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Media Contact
Margaret Dougherty
Senior Communications Advisor, Strategic Communications
416-397-5313
mdoughe@toronto.ca

 

 

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