TORONTO -- A plaza outside Canada's busiest transit hub has been named after the country's first prime minister.

That's after Toronto city council rejected a proposal to rename Union Station itself after Sir John A. Macdonald.

Instead, a plaque has been installed on the station's parapet wall to honour the bicentennial of Macdonald's birth.

A city staff report said that the newly constructed plaza just outside the station is a fitting tribute to the prime minister "given his connection to railways and his focus on bringing Canadians together."