The three-metre high fence that snakes around the site of the G20 summit in Toronto is to be dismantled in the coming days, but its fate is unknown.


A construction worker puts the finishing touches on part of the fence outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the G20 summit. ((Nathan Denette/Canadian Press))

The fence, which runs some six kilometres around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and part of the city's financial district, was constructed in the weeks leading up to the meeting of world leaders.

On Monday, crews began the process of taking down the chain-link barrier, which is reinforced by concrete blocks and metal tubing.

The Integrated Security Unit, which oversaw all security issues related to the summit, couldn't say whether materials used in the fence would be reused, recycled or destroyed. The ISU wouldn't say when it expects the fence to be completely gone, but has said it expects it will be dismantled quicker than it was put up.

The RCMP-led ISU referred questions about the fence to the company that built it, SNC Lavalin, who in turn referred CBC News to the federal Department of Public Works, which decline to comment but said the RCMP was handling media requests.

Finally, Const. Wendy Drummond, a Toronto police officer seconded to the ISU, called CBC News to say a contractor hired by SNC Lavalin handles inquiries about the fence, but provided no other information.

Media reports have pegged the cost of building the fence at $5.5 million, above the federal government's initial estimated budget of $4 million.