Place des Arts

About the Project

Place des Arts will be the first multidisciplinary arts centre in Northeastern Ontario. A focal point for Greater Sudbury, this multipurpose cultural centre is a contemporary arts and culture facility for Francophones and for the entire community.

Located in downtown Sudbury, the cultural complex will feature a 299 fixed-seating theatre, a multifunctional studio, a contemporary art gallery, a youth zone, an early childhood artistic centre, a bistro and a boutique bookstore. In addition to office spaces, meetings room will also be accessible. 

Place des Arts will offer 850 cultural activities presented annually and is expected to attract 50,000 visitors to the downtown core each year. Services will be provided in French and English.

The estimated economic effects of the $30 million project’s construction are $18.7 million and the creation of 180 jobs over the 24 months of construction. The official opening is set for 2020. 

The Place des Arts project is led by seven local Francophone arts organizations : Carrefour francophone de Sudbury, Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Concerts La Nuit sur l’étang, Éditions Prise de parole, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, and Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury.


City Council Large Project Update – Place des Arts – September 13, 2016


The total budget is approximately $30 million from which 100 per cent of the public funding is confirmed, as follows:

  • $5.5 million from the City of Greater Sudbury
  • $12.5 million from the federal government
  • $8.75 million from the provincial government
  • $3.75 million from private donations.

Next Steps

As directed by Council, staff will work with the project proponents on a business case outlining a 2016 request for operational funding as soon as 2019. A decision from Council could follow in early 2019.