Frequently asked questions

How much will the project cost and how is it being financed?

The new Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) project is compliant with the current CBC/Radio-Canada fiscal framework and will proceed on a cost-neutral basis. It will require no additional investment from the government or taxpayers. The money for this new, more modern facility with state-of-the-art technology will come from, among other sources, the sale of the site and existing building.

Moreover, because CBC/Radio-Canada will be a tenant in a new building, it will avoid having to pay for the accumulated maintenance deficit of $171 million for the current facility. By proceeding in this manner, the Corporation ensures that its annual real estate costs will be predictable and fixed for the next 30 years.

What are the benefits of building a new MRC as opposed to renovating the existing facility?

The main benefit for CBC/Radio-Canada is that it will have more modern, digital, multiplatform facilities, with no additional investment required from the government or taxpayers and the risks inherent in managing real estate assets transferred to the building owner. Employees and creators in the new MRC will enjoy open-plan work spaces that will be brightly lit, versatile, and conducive to creativity. Moreover, the public broadcaster will not have to pay for the accumulated maintenance deficit of $171 million for the current facility, which has become too large for its needs.

Will the existing tower and other facilities like the Centre de l'information (CDI) be preserved?

The Groupe Mach project calls for the original Maison de Radio-Canada tower to be preserved. As for the CDI and other current MRC facilities, it will be up to their new owner, Groupe Mach, to determine whether it will retain and/or repurpose them. The final Groupe Mach plan will be the subject of discussions between the promoter and the City of Montreal, and will ultimately require approval from the borough of Ville-Marie. On October 2, 2018, Groupe Mach shared its vision for redeveloping the site with an association of real estate professionals in Toronto. For more information, visit the company’s website.

Will Radio-Canada continue to produce TV and radio programming in the new MRC?

Yes. Radio-Canada will continue to produce radio, news, current affairs, variety and entertainment programs on all platforms. With a large TV studio, radio studios, large open-plan multiplatform space, multipurpose sets, as well as a studio and sets for News and Current Affairs, Radio-Canada will continue providing francophones all across the country with TV, radio, digital and mobile content in keeping with its mandate as Canada’s public broadcaster.

Why has CBC/Radio-Canada decided to sell its current facility and lease the new MRC?

By selling the site and the current facility and leasing a new building, CBC/Radio-Canada will no longer have to bear the risks and costs inherent in managing and maintaining real estate assets. And by leasing, the Corporation ensures that its annual real estate costs will be predictable and fixed for the next 30 years.

How much space will we occupy in the new building compared to the current MRC?

Our current footprint is 1.3 million sq. ft. The new MRC will have a footprint of 418,822 sq. ft.

What will happen to the parking lots during construction of the new MRC?

Construction of the new MRC at the corner of René-Lévesque Blvd. and Papineau Ave. resulted in the complete, permanent closure of the parking lot on the Papineau side as soon as work began in summer 2017. Public parking has not been available since that time.

The parking lot on the Wolfe Street side is still open but is reserved for employee vehicles and CBC/Radio-Canada production purposes.

Will the new building be accessible to everyone? What universal accessibility standards will be implemented?

We requested a design compliant with all applicable legislation governing universal accessibility, as well as with standard CSA B-651 – Accessible Design for the Built Environment. It’s the most stringent standard in Quebec.

How long will construction take?

Construction of the new Maison de Radio-Canada was substantially completed in early 2020. Work to revitalize the site and current facility will begin after CBC/Radio-Canada has fully relocated to the new building in 2021.

Were neighbourhood organizations consulted as part of the process that led to the final project to build a new MRC and revitalize the site and current facility?

When the project to develop a new Maison de Radio-Canada began in 2006, the public broadcaster set up a transition committee to ensure dialogue with key organizations in the neighbourhood. That committee has become the preferred forum for consultation, information sharing, and other discussions among those groups and CBC/Radio-Canada.

A consultative committee has been in place since the transactions were finalized with Groupe Mach and Broccolini. The two promoters, the borough of Ville-Marie, neighbourhood organizations, and CBC/Radio-Canada are all represented on the committee.

Will neighbourhood residents be consulted on development of the site and current facility by Groupe Mach?

The City of Montreal and CBC/Radio-Canada signed a Development Agreement in 2009; that agreement was amended and transferred to the promoters after the transactions were finalized. Groupe Mach’s master plan for the site must be signed off on by the City, based on permitted uses under zoning by-laws. Residents will be able to avail themselves of the mechanisms in place to ask questions about, express support for, or raise concerns regarding the proposed plan.

Are social housing and parks part of Groupe Mach's plans to develop the site and current facility?

The Development Agreement transferred to Groupe Mach calls for mixed-use development, including social and community housing, affordable housing and green spaces. The final master plan will be the subject of discussions between the promoter and the City.

Will we have access to printers in studios and control rooms?

Printers will be installed in studios and control rooms based on production requirements. The same goes for newsrooms, where printers will be strategically located around the production space for quick, efficient access. We are well aware of how important these devices are to producing our programs, especially live ones.

With the move to the new MRC, what will happen to the artworks and other CBC/Radio-Canada heritage collections (archives, props, discs, music scores, etc.)?

In the spring of 2016, CBC/Radio-Canada announced that it had created a Heritage Management Committee tasked with, among other things, recommending the most promising options for preserving and showcasing the public broadcaster’s Montreal-based collections of artworks, music scores and props.

More information is available in the “Heritage Management” section.

Radio-Canada had a number of collections – CDs, vinyl records, music scores, artworks, furniture and props. What happened to all those collections?

Given the building’s smaller surface area, we won’t have enough space in the new Maison de Radio-Canada to store these collections. In 2018 and 2019, Radio-Canada issued a series of calls for interest to identify partners willing and able to acquire, maintain and showcase some of the collections. The Committee also took steps to retain usage rights, without time restrictions, for collections that remain in use for programming purposes.

More information is available in the “Heritage Management” section.

What did you do with the collection of 4,000 music scores that can be considered to have heritage value?

Radio-Canada has donated the 4,000 music scores to Library and Archives Canada, which will preserve them for posterity. Radio-Canada retains access to them for its production requirements.

More information is available in the “Heritage Management” section.



What did you do with the thousands of commercial music scores held by Radio-Canada?

Following the call for interest issued in January 2018, Radio-Canada selected the MacOdrum Library in Ottawa to preserve its entire collection of 113,000 commercial music scores comprising 46,000 titles. Radio-Canada retains long-term usage rights to meet its production needs. The main criteria established by the selection committee, which was made up of Radio-Canada programmers, were the ability to acquire and maintain the entire collection, the possibility for Radio-Canada to retain access to the collection for its production needs, the storage and cataloguing conditions, and the manner in which the collection would be showcased.

More information is available in the “Heritage Management” section.

Why did Radio-Canada dispose of the props, furniture and scenery that it owned?

Our 55,000-piece inventory of props, furniture and scenery is part of a production infrastructure acquired at a time when television was produced in a very different way. Today, most shows are independently produced. The prop, furniture and scenery rental service is hardly ever used anymore. All of these current and anticipated changes stem from the need to transform ourselves as a public broadcaster, in line with the Corporation’s strategic plan.

What happened to the 55,000 prop, furniture and scenery items stored at Radio-Canada?

During summer 2018, representatives from a hundred-odd cultural and educational institutions came by to pick up nearly 15,000 used non-heritage furnishings and props, aiming to give them a second life in their theatre productions or cultural activities.

Radio-Canada also donated nearly 40,000 non-heritage furnishings and props to the Salvation Army. The items were sold in Salvation Army Thrift Stores across Canada, contributing to the well-being of those who need them most.

What’s more, in September 2018, Radio-Canada issued a call for interest today to Canadian museums looking to take on all or part of its collection of over 500 furnishings, props and artifacts that featured in its productions over the years. The items were given away at no charge to be preserved and showcased for the public.

The Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City is preserving for posterity a collection of about one hundred heritage furnishings and props associated with memorable Radio-Canada programs. These items rounded out the collection of heritage costumes already in the museum’s possession.

What's in store for our obsolete furniture and computer equipment?

We’ve received a few requests to purchase used furniture. In accordance with CBC/Radio-Canada’s Assets policy, any obsolete furniture and computer equipment not moved into the new MRC will be declared as surplus across the organization. Given the volume of assets involved, a sale to employees is not being considered. Surplus assets will be assessed to determine their condition, then be sold or donated to social institutions, recycled, or disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

How many works of art comprise the Radio-Canada collection?

The collection contains about 290 works of art (oil and acrylic on canvas, drawings on paper) and 10 in situ works. Nearly all of the works date back to the early 1970s, when MRC officially opened. A few are by renowned artists; the rest are in storage.

 The Heritage Management Committee, assisted by experts and in conjunction with the artists or their estates, is currently assessing whether certain in situ artworks (which are integral to the building’s structure) could be relocated, given or stored. The other artworks will go into temporary storage during the move-in process and be gradually installed in the new MRC.

Is the proposed plan final?

The plan has been approved by management. There could be some minor adjustments, however.

I don’t see where my team/department is located.

The building cross-section shows where the main divisions are located on each level. For more information, please talk to your group champion (list available on iO). 

What process was used to determine how teams and spaces were organized?

Blocking plans were worked out based on departmental needs. Wherever possible, departments were grouped together on the same floor to encourage collaboration on a daily basis. Radio, news and other production departments were located on the lower floors to allow for easier integration of technical spaces such as studios.

Where are teams embedded within partner areas set up?

Embedded teams (e.g., Finance representatives) are set up on the same floors as the partner areas (e.g., News and Current Affairs). Representatives from these teams have already been assigned to the same neighbourhood design workshops as their partners.

Are the rooms properly soundproofed?

The walls of the meeting rooms are built according to acoustic standards for offices. There is a notable improvement over the current situation, but the rooms do not have studio-grade soundproofing.

Are there benches for us to remove our boots and shoes?

The cloakrooms on each floor have a bench.

Can the panels between desks be made of metal rather than glass (for magnets and notes)?

Fabric dividers are currently used. These are preferable to metal panels because they absorb sound and you can pin documents to them.

Can workstations be customized (e.g., keyboard drawer)?

Employees who have dedicated workstations may decorate their space, provided they don’t create unnecessary clutter or cause problems for cleaning staff. Teams at shared workstations may not personalize their space.

Employees can only modify workstation furniture after consulting with an ergonomist.

Is there a calendar for our move?

No. The moving calendar is being redesigned.

How many people (on average) will there be on each floor?

The number of employees on each floor will depend on the layout. There is no standard number.

Are senior executives also set up in collaborative spaces?

Yes, senior executives will work in multipurpose spaces.

The new MRC is smaller than the current one. Will the move result in job cuts?

The new MRC was designed in consideration of the occupancy in the current building. So, the new MRC project isn’t associated with any workforce reductions.

Will it be possible to redesign spaces if new needs arise?

Teams can make changes as needed with the support of Real Estate Services. The spaces are also designed to be reconfigurable.

Who do we notify if there's a problem, post-move?

The change management team will continue to provide support throughout 2020–21. The team will determine its operating principles in the coming months. In the meantime, you can share your comments with your department champion.

Did you plan spaces to potentially accommodate a bigger workforce?

We based the numbers on projected occupancy levels in 2020.

Will we be allowed to have plants?

As is the case now, employees who wish to have plants in their office may do so. In the case of large plants, however, approval from the Real Estate Solutions team may be required to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants.

How high will the ceilings/windows be?

The clear height will vary from one floor to the next, but will be at least 12 feet. Most floors will have floor-to-ceiling windows.

How can we work in “open” spaces if our jobs require high concentration?

The new workspaces are multifunctional spaces that allow for a number of options – dedicated workstations; open, collaborative spaces; spaces allowing for concentration; or conference rooms able to accommodate varying numbers of people.

Are workstations dedicated or shared?

Both types of workstations are available, depending on departments’ business requirements. 

Will some employees be required/allowed to work remotely?

An official corporate-wide policy on remote work post-COVID is being developed by the Senior Executive Team. It will be shared with all staff as soon as possible.

How many elevators are on each floor?

On Levels 0 (basement) and 1 (ground floor), there are nine elevators to the North and South Blocks and the parking facility.
The North Block has four elevators and the South Block, three.

Will some employees be required/allowed to telework?

An official corporate-wide policy on remote work is currently being developed by the Senior Executive Team. It will be shared with all staff as soon as possible. 

How can we keep our documents confidential when printers are shared with other teams?

We eventually hope to have programmable printers to ensure maximum privacy. Until then, the Media Support team is working to find alternatives for delaying printouts on our existing equipment. 

In the neighbourhood design workshops (NDWs), we were told to plan enough rooms on our floor to meet our needs. Now it seems we can reserve rooms across the new MRC. That's problematic. Will priority be given to the departments on each floor?

During the NDWs, each department was able to determine the layout on its floor, based on its needs and workflows. It’s therefore preferable that each department have access to the rooms on its floor. However, if all the rooms on a given floor are taken, teams can check whether other rooms in the building are available.

Groups and individuals with highly confidential business, such as Human Resources, Legal Services, the Values and Ethics Commissioner and the Ombudsperson have access to rooms specifically reserved for them.

How are meeting rooms equipped to promote mobility within the building?

The small, Solo meeting rooms for one to three people are equipped with a computer, keyboard and mouse, a 23-inch monitor and a regular phone. Meeting rooms for three or more people have a television, a Google Chromebox for Meetings (CFM) and a phone. Conference rooms for six or more people are equipped with a conference phone and a sound bar. 

Is there a room equivalent to the Télécino Room with similar technology? If so, can anyone book this room?

There is a multipurpose room on Level 7 in the North Block. Communications, Marketing, Brand and Research has priority for reservations, but other departments can book the room as well.

Who has access to the large room on the 7th floor (cf. the Jean Despréz Room)?

There is a multipurpose room on Level 7 in the North Block. Communications, Marketing, Brand and Research has priority for reservations, but other departments can book the room as well.

Will we still have a phone at our desk?

Yes, employees still have a landline phone at their desk.

Why are we keeping our landlines?

A study completed by MTIS showed that many employees still use their landlines, which have a call parking feature if a conversation turns out to be confidential. Our MTIS teams also want to avoid overloading the Wi-Fi network. 


Is there Wi-Fi coverage everywhere, including outside (park, etc.)?

The new MRC has excellent Wi-Fi coverage both inside the building, on Place Radio-Canada and along Papineau Avenue.


How are the filing cabinets on each floor managed?

As is currently the case, each department is in charge of managing the filing cabinets on its floor.

What space is available for personal items (e.g., coat, boots and shoes)?

There are shared cloakrooms on each floor, near the entrance and elevators. Each employee also has access to a designated, lockable drawer for personal items, including a laptop computer.

How are the lights, blinds and temperature controlled in each room?

Lighting and temperature is controlled centrally on each floor, but employees are free to adjust their blinds as they wish.

Are we really going to eliminate all paper?

We realize that needs vary from department to department. Paper isn’t banned; there’s simply less space to store it. To help transition to a low-paper environment, employees can watch videos on how to use less paper as well as take training on Google Suite tools.

Will we have ergonomic furniture?

Workstation furniture for the new MRC was selected after meeting criteria ranging from functionality, usability, aesthetics and durability, to price, construction systems and the ability to promote employee well-being.
The chosen supplier is Teknion, a Canadian company with more than 35 years’ experience developing and manufacturing corporate furniture, with offices worldwide as well as design and manufacturing facilities based in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

Adjustability is the name of the game: the height-adjustable benches, combined with comfortable office chairs and even adjustable monitor arms in some cases, allow employees to work at desks tailored to their ergonomic needs and improve their well-being at work. 

Where are the lockers? Do employees who are not journalists or technicians have access to lockers?

A total of 500 lockers are installed on Level 0 (basement). However, some lockers are assigned to technicians on a priority basis. No employees are assigned personal lockers. A system will be set up to assign lockers for daily use.

Can we access printers in studios and control rooms?

Printers will be installed in studios and control rooms based on production requirements. The same goes for newsrooms, where printers will be strategically located around the production space for quick, efficient access. We are well aware of how important these machines are to producing our programs, especially live ones.

How will we handle stationery? If everyone uses it, who will pay for it?

Each department will be responsible for covering costs incurred by its employees, as is the case now. The exact arrangements can be worked out in interdepartmental meetings.

Will production shoots be held in offices?

As is currently the case, production shoots can be held in offices if teams obtain permission to do so. Affected departments will be informed in advance.

How many studios are there in the new MRC? Are there enough to meet our current and future production needs?

Careful consideration went into choosing the number and type of studios, based on current and projected needs. There is a plan to optimize management of studio use. The studio production department has already started this shift over the past year, bringing its studio usage and production levels more in line with what will be found in the new MRC.

For radio, there are a range of studio types to meet our needs. A usage plan was drawn up to ensure this would be the case. The studios in the new MRC are designed to be agile, able to support audio and radio production, as well as sound editing and mixing. Other spaces can also be soundproofed to allow for production. 

For television, there are two production studios, an open-concept studio in the Atrium, and several other spaces that can be used for production (7th-floor multipurpose room, outdoor park, terrace).

News facilities include a studio on the ground floor (Level 1), large sets on the second floor (including on the walkway), and six smaller sets. Four automated control rooms are also available.

Why are the studios and production teams set up on the main and lower floors?

There were three key factors in this decision:

The studios needed to be built up to a certain height.
One of CBC/Radio-Canada’s goals for the project was openness to the community. This design will allow the public to see CBC/Radio-Canada programmers at work.
It will also show visitors that we’re a content company the minute they enter the building.

Will we still have our copy centre?

The copy centre was closed on May 1, 2020. A list of service providers has been shared with teams. 

Will parking be available at the new MRC?

Yes, but to a lesser extent. A total of 250 spots are planned (maximum allowable under City of Montreal by-laws), including spaces for the CBC/Radio-Canada vehicle fleet and electric vehicles. Oversized corporate vehicles will have a separate parking area. Active transportation methods, such as walking, cycling and public transit, will be encouraged.

Are you planning to provide a place where employees can leave their clothes to dry when they bike to work in the rain?

The communal cloakrooms on each floor have poles to hang clothes, shelves above the poles, as well as compartments for shoes, boots, bike helmets, etc.

What kind of food services will there be in the new MRC?

Laberge Services Alimentaires (LSA) has been chosen to run the cafeteria in the new Maison de Radio-Canada. The dynamic young company impressed the selection committee with its engaging “Eat, Share, Enjoy” vision, its focus on providing healthy, quality food, as well as its eco-friendly ethos and use of technology.

Can we have toasters, coffee machines and kettles in the kitchenettes?

Kettles are supplied and maintained by CBC/Radio-Canada.
Commercial coffee makers are authorized, but not supplied.
Toasters and home coffee makers, however, are not authorized. 

Please read the current policy on use of electrical appliances in kitchenettes, on iO.

Is there a daycare in the new MRC and, if so, where is it located?

There is a daycare with 80 spots, as is currently the case. The daycare is at the corner of Viger and Papineau, at 990 Papineau.

Is there a sports/fitness room?

An approximately 800-sq.-ft. will be used to host a variety of activities, including ACS fitness classes. It is located near the showers and change rooms on Level 0. A focus group was set up to help determine what kinds of sports and fitness activities will be offered in the new MRC. The group tabled its recommendations to the ACS board of directors. 

Is there a space for shoes other than personal lockers?

The communal cloakrooms on each floor have poles to hang clothes, shelves above the poles, as well as compartments for shoes, boots, bike helmets, etc.

Are there showers and change rooms? If so, where are they located?

On Level 0 (basement). There are nine showers in each change room (men’s and women’s).

How many men's, women's and mixed washrooms will there be on each floor?

The number and ratio of men’s, women’s and mixed washrooms are defined by the building code, as are the number of elevators and showers.

Do we have a locked space for our coats, and who will pay for the padlock?

The communal cloakrooms on each floor have poles to hang clothes, shelves above the poles, as well as compartments for shoes, boots, bike helmets, etc. If you’re worried about someone stealing your coat, you can purchase an anti-theft hanger.

Can I leave my stroller at the daycare centre (if I take public transit)?

The daycare centre has a secure room where parents can leave strollers.

Given the new open-concept environment, how can we be sure that our workplace will be “healthy” and safe for everyone? What about issues such as hygiene and food allergies?

Drawing on common-sense standards and the suggestions of the task force that worked on developing an “etiquette guide” for the new MRC, a set of guidelines were established and shared on the employee portal.

Also note that air quality and circulation will be greatly improved with the chilled beam system.

If there are serious food allergies, the situation will need to be discussed by departments to ensure that it’s covered in etiquette rules. Floor committees will be struck to handle these types of matters. 

What spaces are secure and how will security be handled at the new MRC?

All spaces above the Atrium are secure spaces requiring an ID access card. A risk and threat analysis has been completed and the necessary security measures will be adopted based on its findings.

Where is the disability management office in the new MRC?

The administrative office is located on Level 6 not far from HR, while the doctor/nurse’s consultation room is on Level 0.

Where’s the Co-Op?

A space was initially provided for the Co-Op but, following the COVID-19 crisis, the Cooperative’s management decided to completely cease its activities.

Will the beehives be moved to the rooftops of the new MRC?

Yes, the hives will be moved to the South Block of the new MRC.

Will we still have access to an ATM?

Yes, the machine is located next to the food area, near the main entrance on Papineau. 

Currently, composting bins aren’t available throughout in the building and we have to walk a long way to get to them. What is the situation in the new MRC?

In the new MRC, composting bins are available on all floors in the kitchenettes. The bins are emptied daily.

Won’t germs spread more easily in open office environments?

The new building is equipped with a powerful air renewal system, which will improve indoor air quality. A best practices guide will be developed to encourage the right behaviours. The building maintenance team is in the process of determining what level of upkeep is required in the new MRC. 

Given the COVID-19 situation, enhanced cleaning and physical distancing measures are in place to help keep employees safe. 

Is there a system for heating up water on each floor (like in A-48)?

No, kitchenettes are not equipped with hot water dispensers.

What type of lighting is being installed in the new MRC?

The new Maison de Radio-Canada has been built to LEED v4 Silver equivalent standards, which stipulate certain requirements as to lighting. With its abundant window openings and one of the clearest types of glass available, the new building places great emphasis on natural sources of light for its workspaces. Furthermore, having the closed spaces concentrated around the core of the building (i.e., the elevators and stairways) is conducive to natural lighting for users. There is also a system of blinds for lowering the level of natural light when it is too bright.

Have you abandoned the planned green roofs, which were to help mitigate the heat island effect?

No. A vegetated island has been created on the South block roof, and our beehives will be installed there shortly. Note also that the new MRC’s white roofs are contributing to heat island reduction, as has the fact of constructing the building on a former parking lot.

With no kitchen now, won’t this mean more food waste, even if all containers are compostable, reusable, etc.?

There is a cafeteria equipped with a kitchen in the new MRC, operated by Laberge Services Alimentaires, which will be operational by the fall. As soon as the pandemic situation permits, reusable dishware will again be offered in the cafeteria. In addition, each level in the NMRC is equipped with a kitchenette, including a refrigerator and microwave. Employees can therefore bring their own meals.

How did the process of assigning parking spaces at the new MRC work?

In assigning parking spaces, management’s considerations included operational requirements, employees with reduced mobility who have an SAAQ “disabled parking permit,” employees working irregular hours, and certain on-air talent.

I sometimes work irregular hours. How will I know if I have a space or not?

The parking lot operator will grant access, validating in the assignments system that you are scheduled to work irregular hours on a given day. Employees are responsible for paying the cost of their parking space.

If I don’t work irregular hours, will I be able to park at the new MRC?

Not unless you are a person with reduced mobility (with an SAAQ sticker) or you have been identified as being eligible for a regular parking space. 


What is meant by employees working “irregular hours”?

These are employees who work specific shifts determined by the employer. 

For instance, the following schedules are considered irregular:

  • Shifts starting at or before 6:15 a.m.
  • Shifts ending at or after 11:45 p.m.

Sample shifts: 

  • 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (night)
  • 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (start at or before 6:15 a.m.)
  • 4 p.m. to midnight (end at or after 11:45 p.m.)

Employee will have access to parking on a first-come, first-served basis only on those days when they work irregular hours.

I currently work at the new MRC and have my access card. Can I park at the new MRC?

You may only park at the new MRC if : 

a) you must work irregular hours at the employer’s request;

b) you are a person with reduced mobility (with an SAAQ sticker); or

c) you have been identified as being eligible for a regular parking space.

For more information, please refer to the rules for parking space assignments posted on iO in February 2019.

I work irregular hours. What happens if the new MRC lot is full when I come in to work? How will you accommodate me?

In the event that the parking lot is full, you will not be charged if you leave within 15 minutes. You can then find somewhere else to park in the neighbourhood (and try again at the new MRC later on). Each person is responsible for finding a suitable place to park.

Are parking spaces available for people who have to work weekends?

Yes. Parking is available according to the same assignment rules announced in February 2019, on a first-come, first-served basis. You still have to pay the daily parking fee. 

Why did you not give preferential treatment to parents who have children at the CBC/Radio-Canada Daycare?

Given the limited number of spaces, priority was established in consideration of operational requirements, followed by employees with reduced mobility with an SAAQ “disabled parking permit,” certain on-air talent, and members of the senior executive team, for whom this benefit is directly related to their role.

Why give preferential treatment to contributors and production (or guests) rather than employees?

Given the limited number of spaces, priority was established in consideration of operational requirements, followed by employees with reduced mobility with an SAAQ “disabled parking permit,” certain on-air talent, and members of the senior executive team, for whom this benefit is directly related to their role.

How many parking spaces are there, in the end?

There are 234 spaces, including the 25 spaces for motorcycles, the 13 spaces for persons with reduced mobility, and the 66 spaces for Corporate Fleet vehicles.

Is this assignment plan final?

Yes. It will be submitted to a review after one year, however. After studying usage, we will assess whether parking space assignments should be rethought.

When will the Wolfe parking lot close permanently?

CBC/Radio-Canada’s lease on the Wolfe parking lot runs until December 30, 2022. Note that, from May 24, 2022, employees will have to pay again to access the Wolfe parking.


What will CBC/Radio-Canada be doing to help us find new parking?

Real Estate Solutions has drawn up a list of parking facilities located near CBC/Radio-Canada, and you should have received it. Each employee is responsible for making alternate parking arrangements, based on their specific needs. What’s more, the working group on sustainable mobility explored various alternatives to automobile commuting. The ones endorsed by management were presented in spring 2019 at a sustainable mobility fair attended by a number of groups involved in urban, collective and active transportation. Of course, these are merely suggestions, and everyone is personally responsible for finding the one that best fits their needs.

Is CBC/Radio-Canada offering incentives, discounts or other strategies to encourage us to use public transit?

In the interest of fairness across the Corporation, there are no plans for CBC/Radio-Canada, as a public broadcaster, to contribute financially to any incentive program that would provide its Montreal employees with preferential public-transit fares.

I don’t have a medical certificate, but I have difficulty getting around. What can I do to get a parking space at the new MRC?

To be assigned a reduced-mobility parking space, you must obtain a “disabled parking permit” from the SAAQ.

When an employee assigned a space at the new MRC leaves the corporation (or doesn’t want the space, or no longer wants it), how will that space be reassigned?

Since spaces are not assigned to specific employees (except in the case of employees with reduced mobility who have an SAAQ “disabled parking permit” and members of the senior executive team), any vacated parking space would automatically go to another person who meets the operational requirements.

Can we get on a waiting list?

There will not be a waiting list. Following a review of usage after one year, however, we will assess whether parking space assignments should be rethought.

After the electric bike trial period, there was talk about a maintenance plan. What's happening with that?

We decided not to go with the maintenance plan proposed by Vélo Transit. So far, no agreement has been reached.

How will motorcycle parking spaces be assigned?

Motorcycle parking spaces are available according to the same assignment rules announced in February 2019, on a first-come, first-served basis. The daily parking fee applies.

Additionally, employees who plan on riding a motorcycle or scooter to work must sign a waiver before they can park at the new MRC. The form can be obtained by writing to

Do the indoor bicycle parking spaces also cost money?

No, indoor bicycle parking is free of charge.

How are indoor bicycle parking spaces allocated at the new MRC?

The 418 spaces are available to all employees and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis each day.  However, before leaving their bicycles in the indoor bicycle parking, employees must complete, sign and return this application form to

Nearly 175 outdoor spaces should also be available on the property, in addition to the outdoor secure bike compound at the current MRC (Alexandre-DeSève side), which will remain open for the next five years.

What will happen with communauto/Car2go and similar carshare services? Will there still be spaces near CBC/Radio-Canada?

Carshare services like Communauto are now entitled to residents’ parking permits, so their vehicles can be parked on neighbourhood streets, east of Atateken St. (i.e., close to the new MRC).

Are there dedicated parking spaces (or charging stations) for green vehicles?

There will be a few charging stations available for owners of electric vehicles who have been assigned interior parking spaces. EV owners who do not have access to the parking lot can use this map tool to find charging stations near the new MRC.

Have any spaces been set aside for carpoolers?

Given the limited number of spaces, we have not planned for dedicated spaces for carpoolers at this time. Following a review of usage after one year, however, we will assess whether parking space assignments should be rethought.

Will we be able to use the Wolfe parking lot after the move?

Our current lease (including the Wolfe parking lot) will expire when we move into the new MRC. That means we’ll no longer have access to the Wolfe lot.

Can we have spaces for car sharing services? How about a Bixi station?

This issue will be discussed will the building owner and, in the case of Bixi, with the City of Montreal.

Does the location of the various spaces (bike parking, change rooms, showers, lockers, etc.) improve traffic flow in the building?

Yes, the various spaces were designed with traffic flow in mind. Bike users have their own dedicated entrance to the new MRC’s parking lot. The indoor bike parking area is located in the basement (Level 0). The change rooms (including showers and lockers) are grouped together and also located on Level 0.