The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the Toronto Ontario Temple will close later this year for extended renovations.
Renovation work is expected to begin in October and take a projected nine months, according to the announcement published Monday, May 1, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Dedicated in August 1990 by President Gordon B. Hinckley, the Toronto Ontario Temple is one of Canada’s 10 temples and was the Church’s second house of the Lord in Canada, following the Cardston Alberta Temple.
The other seven operating temples in the country are the Calgary Alberta, Edmonton Alberta, Halifax Nova Scotia, Montreal Quebec, Regina Saskatchewan, Vancouver British Columbia and Winnipeg Manitoba temples, with a 10th temple announced earlier this month for Lethbridge, Alberta.
The Toronto temple joins four others announced for renovation, expansion or reconstruction around the world. Another temple recently completed its renovation and is ready for rededication, with four more currently under renovation.
The Church has one temple that has completed its renovation and is set for rededication.
- Columbus Ohio Temple — Closed since May 2020, its renovation is complete, and the house of the Lord will be rededicated this month — on June 4 — by President M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Three of the Church’s four pioneer-era temples built and dedicated in the late 1800s are under extended renovations, with another temple in Europe also undergoing renovation.
- St. George Utah Temple — The first of three to undergo renovations, the temple closed operations in early November 2019.
- Salt Lake Temple — Closed since the end of 2019 for seismic upgrades and extensive renovations, the temple had its projected completion date recently amended to 2026.
- Manti Utah Temple — The temple was the third for renovation, and announced on May 1, 2021; the temple closed five months later.
- Stockholm Sweden Temple —Renovation plans were announced in September 2022, with the temple closing in late March of this year.
Announced for renovations
The four temples previously announced for renovations are:
- San Diego California Temple — to close in July 2023 for extensive renovations.
- Kona Hawaii Temple — to close in October 2023 for renovations and expansion.
- Anchorage Alaska Temple — to close in early 2024 for resizing, reconstructing and relocating.
- Provo Utah Temple — the reconstruction of a redesigned new house of the Lord will begin after dedication of the Orem Utah Temple, which is still under construction.