Update on Maison de Radio-Canada Project

December 9, 2015, Montreal

We are currently reviewing potential scenarios for restarting the Montreal Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) project in some other form.

MRC was built over 40 years ago to support CBC/Radio-Canada’s operations at the time. A lot of things have changed since then. TV and radio are no longer produced the same way; the shift to digital, coupled with today’s state-of-the-art technology, allows us to do much more in much less space.

Our facilities are outdated and in need of major renovations. MRC’s footprint far exceeds the space we actually occupy, and the current building costs the public broadcaster a lot of money, since it must cover maintenance and operating costs.

The goal for us remains the same: to secure affordable facilities that are better suited to the needs of a modern public broadcaster.

MRC must be:

  • a creative, digital multiplatform production space;
  • an environment that fosters cooperation and innovation;
  • a welcoming place, close to local residents;
  • a beacon for culture, technology, and the community.

CBC/Radio-Canada has engaged the real estate brokerage firm Avison Young to help it gauge supply and demand in the Montreal market and identify opportunities for MRC.

This will allow us to analyze each potential scenario in the greatest possible detail, such as:

  • renovating existing spaces;
  • selling the current site and leasing existing or newly built spaces on or off site.

No decision has been made yet as to which option will be chosen. We expect to complete our analyses by spring 2016.

We will keep this page updated with any further developments in the MRC project.

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