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The Ontario Science Centre is abruptly closing after engineers found structural issues with the roof. The news from provincial infrastructure officials comes amid plans from the government to move the science centre from its current home in east Toronto to a new location at Ontario Place on the city's waterfront, but that isn't slated to be open until 2028. When it opened in 1969, the Ontario Science Centre was the world’s first interactive science centre, but years of limited capital investments have left the building with multiple deficiencies. Now, an engineering report has found that there are a number of roof panels "in a distressed, high-risk condition" that could fail under the weight of snow this winter. The building is still safe over the summer, the government said, with an "enhanced process for rainwater monitoring and roof facility management," it is being closed now so staff can spend the summer vacating the building. This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2024.