City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Sept. 28, to move ahead with Lakehead University as the main tenant in the proposed Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre (TBECC) project.
This will allow the City to negotiate directly with the University, and continue to seek funding from the Federal and Provincial governments. The motion came following a letter that was received from the Federal Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs indicating the proposed TBECC would qualify for funding with the University as the main tenant.
"The Minister’s letter outlines the conditions under which his Ministry, and the Government, would support funding the TBECC: namely if the major tenant was an amateur sports organization rather than a professional one – we have that in LU,” said Mayor Hobbs. “TBECC offers significant economic benefits for our City and the entire region of Northwestern Ontario.
“City Council has confirmed that the TBECC is a priority amongst our major infrastructure projects and we have invested significantly towards its realization.”
The Letter of Understanding with previous private partner consortium Thunder Bay LIVE! expired on Sept. 30. City Administration will report back with recommendations (including the related procurement process) for moving forward with major facility development elements.
These include, but are not limited to:
Report Recommends to Council:
Proceed with Full-Scale Event & Convention Centre, Subject to Confirmation of Funding and Design-Build Agreement
An Update on Phase 4 of the Proposed Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre (TBECC) was brought to City Council on March 23, 2015. The purpose of the Report was to:
1. Provide a Status Update on Phase 4 – Capital Funding confirmation,
2. Seek approval to extend the Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Thunder Bay Live Consortium to April 30, 2015, and
3. Recommend next steps including proceeding to Phase 5 – Detailed Design and Construction, subject to
confirmation of Provincial and Federal funding, and approval of Definitive Agreements with Thunder Bay LIVE
Media Release & FAQs - Phase 4 Project Update Adobe PDF, 4 page(s), 176 kB