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Thunder Bay Event and Convention Centre

On June 9, 2014, results of the statistically valid Proposed Event & Convention Centre Community Attitudes Survey  were presented to City Council. The Survey shows the majority of residents support the development of the Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos Reid, shows 61 per cent of respondents support the current Event & Convention Centre proposal and another 13 per cent support the development of an event centre in some form. Six-in-ten residents (64 per cent) indicate a 1 per cent potential property tax increase to cover construction and operating costs is acceptable (58 per cent find a 1.5 per cent increase acceptable).

Schematic Design at June 9, 2014  Adobe PDF,  41 pages, 16.8 MB

IPOS Community Attitudes Survey Results Adobe PDF, 41 pages, 6.4 MB

Fort William Gardens Futurue Use Assessment - First Report Presentation Adobe PDF, 27 pages, 1 MB


As part of the City’s ongoing community engagement for the proposed Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre, a Phase 3 Public Information Session & Community Update was held May 27, at the Italian Cultural Centre. Consortium architect Chris O-Reilly of BBB Architects presented the schematic design to date of the proposed facility.

Watch the video of the event: http://www.ustream.tv/embed/16911244

Schematic Design PowerPoint Presentation Adobe PDF, 17 pages, 3.62 MB
Schematic Design Summary Brochure  Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 1.62 MB


Over the past four years, the City of Thunder Bay has been systematically and diligently evaluating a proposed new Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre (TBECC) as a replacement to the Fort William Gardens and to address the need for a regional facility for sport tourism, conventions and other major events.

TBECC encompasses a 5,700-seat spectator facility and a 50,000-square-foot convention space. TBECC is projected to host an estimated 270 events annually, compared to 55 events currently being held at the Fort William Gardens. Approximately 180 of these event days will be held in the convention centre/conference facility and 90 in the spectator component.

Learn More about the Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre and the next steps - Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre Info Sheet  Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 548 KB


CITY NAMES Potential PRIVATE Sector partner

City Council has authorized City Administration to negotiate a non-binding letter of intent to form a partnership with a consortium called Thunder Bay LIVE!, which will allow the City to move ahead with the facility's development. Thunder Bay LIVE! was selected after a Request for Expressions of Interest process, which is part of Phase 3 of the event and convention centre project. The letter will be presented to City Council prior to April 14.

Fort William Gardens Future Use