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Greater Sudbury

Place des arts

About the Project: The Place des arts is proposed to be a multipurpose Francophone arts facility located in downtown Sudbury. The centre is designed to be a gathering place for the community, including artists’ studios, performance venues, and a café. Public spaces and services will be provided in both languages.

Community Partners: The Place des arts project is led by the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS), a group made up of seven local Francophone arts organizations. These are: Carrefour francophone de Sudbury, Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Concerts La Nuits sur l’étang, Éditions Prise de parole, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, and Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury.

Budget and Breakdown of Contributions: The total budget is approximately $30 million. As part of the 2017 municipal budget, City Council conditionally approved a $5 million contribution to the Place des arts, with a $2 million contribution in 2017 contingent on the project receiving funding from senior levels of government.

As part of its feasibility study, Place des arts has selected as its preferred site a municipally owned parking lot at the corner of Elgin and Larch, estimated to be worth $600,000.

The Place des arts capital budget also reflects the following anticipated contributions:

·  $12.5 million (42%) from the federal government
·  $8.75 million (29%) from the provincial government
·  A remaining $3.25 million would be raised by Place des arts.

Place des arts has requested an annual municipal contribution towards the Centre’s operations, beginning in 2021.  This will be reviewed by the Council of the day as part of the development of the 2021 Budget.

Anticipated Project Outcomes: A multipurpose cultural centre, owned and operated by an independent non-profit corporation with municipal representation.  The building will contain community rental opportunities and increased artistic and cultural programming, as well as bilingual public spaces and services. Revenue opportunities for the building are also anticipated as part of the outcomes of this project.

Anticipated Community Benefits: When completed, the Place des arts will be the first multidisciplinary professional arts centre in the city, with the potential to position Greater Sudbury on the regional, provincial and national map. The downtown location of the facility is expected to attract visitors and consumers to the downtown, diversify the local economy, and foster economic activity in the local arts sector.

Current Status: Council has committed $5 million towards the construction costs, contingent on the project receiving funding from senior levels of government and other partners.

Next Steps: As directed by Council, staff will work with the project proponents to develop a written agreement outlining the reporting and financial obligations that must be met prior to funding being provided.