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Kingston Penitentiary & Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

About the Project

The recommended vision for the future of the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and former Kingston Penitentiary was endorsed by Kingston City Council on July 11, 2017.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is now working toward implementing a phase of the vision for Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and the former Kingston Penitentiary.

Please note that the City is not responsible for the entire area encompassed by the vision. To see which government entity is responsible for a specific portion of this area, see the visioning document (pages 2 & 3).

  • Phase 1 | Spring 2018 to 2019: Fisheries and Oceans Canada & Canadian Coast Guard to replace Kingston Canadian Coast Guard Small Vessel Station Please note: this phase of the project is being implemented by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. See details on an upcoming engagement opportunity.
  • Phase 2 | 2019: Portsmouth Olympic Harbour concept plan and design to be developed.
  • Ongoing: The City is continuing its work with the federal government and Canada Lands Company regarding the future of the former Kingston Penitentiary building. A due diligence process is currently underway which is looking at identifying a possible development, tourism strategy and the lands required for tourism use.

See the latest updates on this project.

Background: Building the Vision

This vision for Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and the former Kingston Penitentiary sites was developed following a series of consultations in 2016 and 2017 facilitated by The Planning Partnership, the consulting team hired by Canada Lands Company and the City of Kingston to develop the vision.

View the archived project page on the initiative to develop the vision for Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and the former Kingston Penitentiary area.

Questions and answers

Who is responsible to maintain the Kingston Penitentiary?

The penitentiary continues to be maintained by Correctional Services.

Why is Canada Lands involved?

Canada Lands is the arm's-length, self-financing federal Crown corporation responsible for the management, development and sale of former Government of Canada properties. The company has more than 20 years of real estate development and consultation expertise and has extensive experience in dealing with these types of engagements.

Will the properties be sold to Canada Lands?

It is still unknown if the federal properties will be sold to Canada Lands.