Plans and Updates

The plan to build a National Bahá’í House of Worship was announced in April 2023. Before this announcement, however, steps were taken to ensure that the land acquired by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada in 1968 could be used for a Place of Worship.

Process to date

A feasibility assessment study was initiated between 2017-2018, focusing on preliminary planning, engineering, and environmental assessments. Between 2019 and 2021, meetings involving city staff and the Toronto Region Conservation Authority were undertaken, as well as a survey of more than 1,000 trees on the property. Further technical studies and environmental impact surveys and studies extended the range of ecological assessment in 2022.

Current plan presented to the City of Markham.

In October 2022, the National Spiritual Assembly submitted an official plan and zoning amendment to the City of Markham. Around the same time, nearby residents were invited to the Temple site and detailed plans were shared with those in attendance.

In May 2023, representatives of local resident associations attended a site visit with the planners responsible for the project, and a statutory public meeting was held. The planning and rezoning application process is ongoing, pending further discussions with the City of Markham and local residents.

The National Spiritual Assembly will announce a process to determine a design for the Bahá’í House of Worship as the rezoning application proceeds. It is anticipated that construction work will begin around 2026.

Please continue to visit this page for further updates as developments advance.

Public documents and media coverage

The process of building the Bahá’í Temple is still in its early stages. Please continue to visit this page for further updates as developments advance.

For any questions about the Temple, please write to: temple@bahai.ca