The City of Toronto will issue a request for proposal (RFP) to secure a new, more durable Toronto Sign on Nathan Phillips Square.
According to the city, the updated sign—a visual replica of the original—will be installed by end of year. The new and improved sign will be easier to clean, consist of waterproof material, and will have augmented lighting.
The scope of work includes design, construction, and installation of the sign, removal of the existing sign, production and installation of vinyl wraps, and maintenance over a three-year period. The current sign’s maple leaf and medicine wheel will be retained.
The original sign was installed as a temporary structure in July 2015 for the Toronto Pan American and Parapan American Games. Although it was only built to last a few weeks, the city extended its presence indefinitely in response to the sign’s popularity, and it became a landmark where the public could be found taking selfies and group photos.
After more than four years, the original sign is now showing significant wear. It has needed ongoing repairs and enhancements to keep it working. Though, city staff decided to invest in the construction of a more durable sign rather than spending on a maintenance of a company structure.
The city will use reserve funds to pay for the rebuild, existing operational budgets to cover the cost of upkeep and vinyl wraps, and is open to philanthropic support.
“I don’t think anyone could imagine Nathan Phillips Square without the Toronto Sign,” said John Tory, mayor of Toronto. “I’m confident the new and improved sign will continue to be a great attraction in the heart of our city that helps us recognize our major victories, significant days of citywide importance, and even moments of tragedy.”