Recreation & Cultural Facilities

Information about the Proposed Performing Arts Centre

July 4, 2017

Council decides to not extend the June 30, 2017 deadline by when governement funding needed to be in place for a Performing Arts Centre.
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February 21, 2017

Council approves Canada Cultural Spaces Fund Grant Application  
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February 21, 2017

Council approves Performing Arts Centre as part of 2017 Financial Plan 
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December 23, 2016

View Cost Estimate and Preliminary Plans

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Performing Arts Centre?

Performing arts centres provide a space for various types of live stage performances for an audience including dance, music, and theatre. 

Why has the cost of the proposed Performing Arts Centre increased?

The cost to construct the building has not changed significantly.  In April 2015, City Council was presented with construction cost estimates of $17M to build a Performing Arts Centre as part of a multi-facility complex. The most recent construction estimate is for a stand-alone Performing Arts Centre at a cost of $17.9M. The difference in estimates can be attributed to the additional costs to build a separate facility and inflation. Since the first estimate, City Council has identified a specific downtown site for construction, allowing the newest assessment to also more accurately reflect site costs.

What is the total cost of the project?

In addition to $17.9M for constructing the building, costs for site development, equipment, architectural and engineering services are estimated at $6.4M.  The site development includes the creation of 200 parking stalls. This brings the total estimated project cost to $24.3M.

How much money has council committed to building a Performing Arts Centre?

In April 2016, Council approved up to a maximum of $7.5 million of city funds to be allocated to the construction of a Performing Arts Centre. Any further costs are to be covered by other funding sources including provincial and federal grants and a minimum of ten percent from community donors.  Council has also stated that the project will not proceed until all funding is in place.

Once it is built, how much will it cost to operate a Performing Arts Centre?

In January 2016, net operating cost projections were estimated to be between $5-600K annually. Based on the 2016 mill rate, this equates to an increase in property taxes of approximately $78 annually per household, based on a house value of $250,000. Similar to when these projections were created, many aspects of the proposed facility still need to be confirmed including scope and level of programming.  Until more of these details are decided, the projections cannot be verified and no further updates to operating costs are available. The estimates can be found here.

Has the City sought funding for this project?

The City is actively looking for funding support for this project and has applied to the Federal and Provincial Government for funding under the Building Canada Fund Program. The funding request to both levels of government is for $7.5M.  The City has also requested support for the expected capital costs of the project from the Federal Cultural Spaces Fund.

On December 12, 2016, the City held a meeting with a Steinbach arts and culture stakeholder group to share information for a proposed Performing Arts Centre in Steinbach.  The information included cost estimates and preliminary plans that were prepared by Stantec, the city’s consultant for the project.  The City is pleased with the interest being shown by the Friends of the Performing Arts Centre group, who are now developing a local fundraising campaign to support the project.

Why did the City choose to build a Performing Arts Centre?

In April 2015, City Council was presented with conceptual plans and financial assessments for the construction of a multi-facility complex in Steinbach. The presentation included conceptual plans for a fieldhouse, an arena, and a performing arts centre. After much debate, Council decided that a performing arts centre would be the priority for the development of arts and recreational facilities in Steinbach.

Who is the City’s consultant?

Stantec Consulting has been providing the city with consulting services for this project since 2014.

When will a Performing Arts Centre be built?

City Council has stated that this project will not proceed until all required funding is in place.  At the December 20, 2016 Council Meeting, Council added to their earlier funding resolution for the project.  It was amended that if funding is not in place by June 30, 2017, the project would not move forward.

More Questions?

If you have further questions about the proposed performing arts centre project, please send a message to the City here.


December 20, 2016

Council Meeting Video:
Council reaffirms the city's commitment to developing a Performing Arts Centre
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December 14, 2016

Media Release:
Stakeholder Meeting Held for Performing Arts Centre

September 6, 2016

Council Meeting Video:
Council Resolves to Request Grant Funds for Performing Arts Centre
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April 5, 2016

Council Meeting Video:
Council Adopts Principles for Future Recreation Planning
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March 15, 2016

The Mayor's Task Force on Public Engagement for Recreation and Cultural Facilities issued its report and recommendations to City Council.

Task Force Presentation Slides

Scientific Telephone Poll

Online Public Consultation

Online Business Consultation

February 1, 2016

Proposed Performing Arts Centre Estimated Operating Projections
Performing Arts Centre Business Plan Key Facts

January 20, 2016

Media Release:
City Begins Formal Public Engagement Process

January 18, 2016

Media Release:
City Receives $5 Million for Performing Arts Centre from Province

November 17, 2015

Media Release:
Mayor Chris Goertzen has officially announced the creation of a Mayor’s Task Force on Public Consultation consisting of Councillors Michael Zwaagstra, Cari Penner, and Susan Penner.

Goertzen explained that Steinbach city council recognizes the importance of hearing from the public regarding future upgrades to Steinbach’s recreation and cultural facilities.

July 21, 2015

Council Meeting:
Council resolves to continue to develop a master plan for a recreation and cultural multiplex with the first phase to be a performing arts centre.
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April 7, 2015

At the April 7th, 2015 Council Meeting, City Council was presented with conceptual plans and financial assessment for Recreation and Cultural Facilities in Steinbach. 

To view full conceptual plan and financial assessment presentation click HERE

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