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Why is the VCEC expanding?
After 15 highly successful years of operation, our business has outgrown our facilities! VCEC is now turning away an average of 53 events per year, worth almost $150 million in direct delegate spending, for lack of space or available dates. With many events growing in size, and many other convention centres expanding in response, the VCEC is falling behind in the market.

Where will the expansion be built?
The expansion will be built on a site immediately west of the existing centre and directly linked to the facilities at Canada Place.

What size will it be?
Current specifications call for a facility with a gross area of 1.2 million square feet, including both function and support spaces along with parking, retail and loading areas. An additional 359,000 square feet of function space will be added to the existing 133,000 square feet for a combined total of 492,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary theatre space.

What special features will be included?
The combined facility will offer:

  • 230,900 square foot and 91,000 square foot clear-span exhibition halls
  • 92,100 square feet of break-out meeting rooms
  • 46,000 square foot and 17,000 square foot ballrooms, and
  • a 15,000 square foot signature room with waterfront views

The layout stresses flexibility, and the ability to accommodate multiple simultaneous events, each with their own separate access and function spaces.

What will it cost?
The project is being developed within a project estimate of $495 million.

Who’s paying?
$405 million of the project costs will be shared between the Federal and Provincial governments. The balance of $90 million will be paid by a contribution from local industry.

What benefits will it create?
The project is projected to generate additional delegate spending of $229 million per year, which will it turn create an additional $76 million per year in tax revenues. Construction employment is estimated at 6700 person - years with 7500 permanent jobs resulting once the expansion is complete.

Along with the economic benefits will come the new investment, trade, educational and professional development opportunities that result from an increased number of national and international events.

What stage is the project at?
The Federal and Provincial governments have confirmed their commitments to the project as of December 2002. A program is now underway to complete the final design and select a builder to carry out construction. The project is scheduled for completion by 2008.


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