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, amongst other things, 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, 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 René-Lévesque Blvd. and Papineau Ave. will result in the complete, permanent closure of the parking lot on the Papineau side, as soon as work begins in summer 2017. As a result, public parking will no longer be available as of that time.

The parking lot on the Wolfe St. side will remain open during construction of the new MRC, but will be 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?

According to the planned schedule, construction of the new Maison de Radio-Canada will be completed by the end of 2019. Work to revitalize the site and current facility will begin after CBC/Radio-Canada relocates to the new building in 2020.

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.

After the agreements are signed and transactions finalized with Groupe Mach and Broccolini, a consultative committee will be created, with representation from the two promoters, the borough of Ville-Marie, neighbourhood organizations, and CBC/Radio-Canada.

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, which still applies and will be transferred to the promoters once the transactions are completed. 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 reached between the City of Montreal and CBC/Radio-Canada in 2009 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 has a number of collections – CDs, vinyl records, music scores, artworks, furniture and props. Will there be space in the new Maison de Radio-Canada to store all of these 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, Radio-Canada plans to issue a series of calls for interest to identify partners who are willing and able to acquire, maintain and showcase some of the collections. The Committee will also take steps to retain usage rights, without time restrictions, for collections that remain in use for programming purposes.

What will 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.

What will 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.

Why does Radio-Canada want to dispose of the props, furniture and scenery that it owns?

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 will happen to the 55,000 prop, furniture and scenery items currently 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 has donated nearly 40,000 non-heritage furnishings and props to the Salvation Army. The items will be 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 to Canadian museums looking to take on all or part of its collection of over 500 vintage furnishings, props and artifacts that featured in its productions over the years. The items will be given away at no charge to be preserved and showcased for the public.

The Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City will preserve for posterity a collection of about one hundred heritage furnishings and props associated with memorable Radio-Canada programs.

These items will round 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. Over half of the artworks are currently on display around the building; 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 to the new Maison de Radio-Canada. 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 between now and 2020, however.

I don't see where my team/department will be located.

The building cross-section shows where the main divisions will be located on each level. The location of specific departments (within the divisions) is hard to pinpoint at this early stage. Please talk to your group champion for more information. If you don’t know who that person is, your departmental assistant can help you.

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 will teams embedded within partner areas be set up?

Embedded teams (e.g., Finance representatives) will be set up on the same floors as the partner areas. 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 will be a notable improvement over the current situation, but the rooms will not have studio-grade soundproofing.

Will there be benches for us to remove our boots and shoes?

The cloakrooms on each floor will have a bench.

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

The current plan is to use fabric dividers. 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 may decorate their workstations, provided they don’t create unnecessary clutter or cause problems for cleaning staff. Teams at shared workstations will not be able to personalize their space. Employees will only be able to modify workstation furniture after consulting with an ergonomist.

Is there a calendar for our move?

The general moving calendar was sent to the managers and champions of each department. You can contact your manager for details.

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.

Will senior executives also be set up in collaborative spaces?

Yes. Senior executives will be working in multipurpose spaces close to their teams.

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

The new MRC was designed with the existing building’s occupancy levels in mind, while factoring in projections for 2020. 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. The team will determine its mode of operation 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.

What do you have planned in the way of layout and decor?

The architects and designers are finalizing the layouts for the common spaces. They’re also choosing finishes and selecting colours to match the colour scheme presented at the departmental meetings last fall and early this year. Departments will have a say in how their spaces are decorated.

Will the spacing between desks in the new MRC be consistent with the layout in A-2?

Yes, the workspace layout in A-2 reflects what we’ll have in the new MRC. The rows of desks have 84″ of space between them.

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 will be multipurpose 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.

Will workstations be dedicated or shared?

Dedicated workstations will be available for all employees, unless a department decides to opt for shared workstations during the neighbourhood design workshops (NDWs).

How many elevators will there be on each floor?

At levels 0 (basement) and 1 (ground floor), there will be 9 elevators to the North and South Blocks and the parking facility. The North Block will have 4 elevators and the South Block will have 3.

Will some employees be required/allowed to telework?

There’s no official policy at this time and teleworking is left to the discretion of individual departments. Dedicated workstations will be available for all employees, unless a department decides to opt for shared workstations during the neighbourhood design workshops (NDWs).

How will we keep our documents confidential when the plan is to share printers with other teams?

There are ways to program printers to protect confidentiality. Documents will not print out unless the person who sent the documents to the printer enters a personal code directly on the unit. The Media Support team can configure your printer if you require this level of confidentiality.

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, depending on employees’ needs and realities. It is therefore preferable for each department to 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 will have access to rooms specifically reserved for them.

What is planned in the meeting rooms to encourage work in mobility?

The small, Type A meeting rooms for 1 to 3 people will be equipped with a computer, keyboard and mouse, a 23-inch monitor and a regular phone. The meeting rooms for 3 people and more will have a television, a Google Chromebox for Meetings (CFM) and a phone. Conference rooms for 6 or more people will have a conference phone and a sound bar.

Is there a room equivalent to the Télécino Room with similar technology? Can anyone reserve this room?

There are plans to have a multipurpose room on Level 7 in the North Block. Although priority will be given to Communications, Marketing, Brand and Research, other departments can reserve the room on request.

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

A multipurpose room is planned for the 7th floor of the North Block. The department of Communications, Marketing, Brand and Research will have priority for reservations, but other departments will be able to reserve the room as well.

What equipment (computers, telephones) will we have? Will it be suited to the new, more mobile work environment?

The Media Support teams will be in charge of determining what types of computers are used, based on the needs identified by teams during the NDWs.

Will we still have a phone at our desk?

Yes, employees will 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.

How will the filing cabinets on each floor be managed?

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

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

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

Will we be allowed to have plants?

Employees who wish to have plants in their office may do so. However, they may need to get approval from Real Estate Solutions for large plants in order to ensure the safety of the building and its occupants.

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

Lighting will be 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 will not be banned. There will simply be less space to store it. Teams will therefore have to make choices (including going green). A training course is in the works to help us make the transition to a lower-paper environment. It will include a component on making optimal use of the tools at our disposal.

Will we have the option of choosing ergonomic furniture?

Furniture has already been preselected and an ergonomist worked with us to ensure that it meets prescribed ergonomic standards.

Where will the lockers be located? Will employees who are not journalists or technicians have access to lockers?

A total of 500 lockers will be installed on Level 0 (basement) and will be accessible to everyone. However, some lockers could be assigned to technicians on a priority basis. Employees will not be assigned personal lockers. A system will be set up to assign lockers for daily use.

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.

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 will there be in the new MRC? Will there be 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 will be a range of studio types to meet our needs. A usage plan was drawn up to ensure this will be the case. The studios in the new MRC will be 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. This option can be discussed during the neighbourhood design workshops.

For television, there will be 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, patio).

For news, there will be a ground-floor studio, large sets on the second floor (including on the walkway), and six smaller sets. Four automated control rooms will also be built.

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 location of the copy centre is still under review and a decision will be made in spring 2019.

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 will also 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?

A 200-seat café is planned for the new MRC. It will offer a variety of hot and cold items, in addition to coffee, pastries, etc. However, meals can no longer be fully prepared on site, because the planned kitchen configuration doesn’t include an exhaust hood that vents to the outside.

All employees were initially asked to complete a survey with their preferences for food services. A task force of 10 volunteers was then formed. Guided by expert consultants, they developed the vision and set the desired criteria for our future food services: to offer a bold, authentic and out-of-the-ordinary eating experience that matches the spirit of Montreal and Radio-Canada. They also chose an original organizational model: a “showrunner” capable of managing a food offering without necessarily producing it, coupled with multiple local suppliers, a seasonal offering, a sustainable, eco-friendly approach and reasonable prices meeting all of our requirements. After a public presentation was held in summer 2018 to prime the market, an RFP process was launched. We’ll find out how the market responds to our RFP by the end of the year, once the proposals come in. We expect to award the contract sometime in the spring.

Note that the new MRC will have a variety of lounge-type spaces where employees can have lunch/coffee, as well as kitchenette areas equipped with sinks and microwaves on all levels of the building.

Outdoor seating will also be available.

Will there be a daycare in the new MRC and, if so, where will it be located?

Yes. There will be a daycare with 80 spots, as is currently the case. The daycare will be at the corner of Viger and Papineau on Level 2.

Will we have a sports room?

A 800 sqsf room will be used for activities such as the fitness classes given by the ACS. It’s located near the showers and change rooms. A task force will be set up to think about the development of physical and resourcing activities offered in the new MRC.

Will there be a space for shoes other than personal lockers?

In the cloakrooms on each floor, there will be racks to hang clothing, a shelf above the racks, and shelves for shoes, boots, bike helmets, etc.

Will we have shower and locker facilities? If so, where will they be located?

In the basement. There will be 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.

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

In the cloakroom on each floor, there will be racks to hang clothing, a shelf above the racks, and shelves for shoes, boots, bike helmets, etc. If you are worried about someone stealing your coat, you can purchase an anti-theft hanger such as this.

Will I be able to leave my stroller at the daycare centre (if I take public transit)?

The daycare centre will have a secured 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?

A task force will eventually be set up to draft a set of workplace etiquette rules (e.g., clean up your workstation before leaving, if shared). Everyone will be asked to abide by these rules. For instance, workspaces will have to be cleaned with disinfectant wipes. Also note that air quality and circulation will be greatly improved with the chilled beam system.

The use of dedicated, rather than shared workstations (unless a department decides otherwise during the neighbourhood design workshops) will also help limit the spread of germs.

If there are serious food allergies, the situation will need to be discussed by departments to ensure that it’s covered in etiquette rules.

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

All spaces above the Atrium will be secure spaces requiring an ID access card. A team is currently looking at the issue of overall site security. A risk and threat analysis has been completed and the necessary security measures will be adopted based on its findings.

Will there be other training workshops in the fall on managing multifunctional spaces?

The training sessions on how to work in multifunctional spaces will run from February to June 2019. If other sessions are needed, you will be notified on iO. For now, there are no plans to hold similar training sessions after the month of June.

Will there be a disability management office in the new MRC?

Yes, there will be one. The administrative office will be located on Level 6 not far from HR, while the doctor/nurse’s consultation room will be on Level 0.

Will there be space for the Co-op?

Yes, space is planned for the Co-op. The Co-op team is involved in these discussions.

Will the Renaud-Bray bookstore also move to the new MRC?

The Renaud-Bray bookstore will not move to the new Maison de Radio-Canada.

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

We’d like to move the hives and set them up on the rooftops of the new building, but nothing has been confirmed yet. We’re currently discussing the matter with Broccolini. We’ll let you know more details as they become available.

Will we still have access to Caisse populaire services?

We’ll still have an ATM, but the affiliated financial institution remains to be determined. The ATM will be located next to the café, near the main entrance on Papineau. Full financial services will not be available on-site.

Currently, composting bins aren’t available throughout in the building and we have to walk a long way to get to them. Will things be different in the new MRC?

In the new MRC, composting bins will be available on all floors in the kitchenettes. Bins will be emptied every day.

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

The new building will be equipped with a powerful air renewal system, which will improve indoor air quality. The fact that most workstations are dedicated will also help limit the spread of germs. As for shared workstations, it will be up to each employee to clean the work area before leaving for the day or changing workstations. Departments using shared workstations will have to make sure to stock sufficient cleaning products for this purpose (like other office supplies).

 

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

No, kitchenettes will not be equipped with hot water dispensers.

 

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.

What is meant by employees working “irregular hours”?

Employees who are required by the employer to begin their work at or before 6:15 am or to end at or after 11:45 pm. These employees will have access to parking on a first come, first served basis but only for the days they are working on irregular hours.

Will there be parking spaces available for people who need to work on the weekend?

Yes; subject to their availability during the weekend. You will have to pay the daily parking fee. Information on payment methods will follow.

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 June 30, 2020.

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. Based on your day-to-day, you are individually responsible for taking the necessary steps to find out any complementary information you need. In addition, the working group on sustainable mobility has explored various alternatives to automobile commuting. The ones that management has settled on will be outlined in March at a sustainable mobility fair, with several groups involved in urban, collective and active transportation taking part. Of course, these are possible solutions, and everyone is individually responsible for finding the one that is the best fit for their needs.

Is CBC/Radio-Canada going to be 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. Follow this link for the procedure to obtain a permit.

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.

What is the cost of a parking space at the new MRC?

The price per month for a reserved space is $237.23, plus taxes.
The price per month for a non-assigned space is $197.68, plus taxes.
The other rates (per day, per evening, by the hour) remain to be determined.

How many reserved spaces for motorcycles/scooters are there at the new MRC?

There are 25 spaces; the cost is the same as for a motor vehicle.

What is the cost of the parking space for a motorcycle/scooter?

The cost is the same as for a motor vehicle.

How will motorcycle/scooter parking spaces be assigned?

Spaces will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.

Will the indoor bicycle parking spaces also cost money?

No; indoor bicycle spaces will be free of charge.

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 indoor bicycle parking spaces be assigned?

The 418 spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis each day. It is expected that around 100 exterior spaces will also be available on the new MRC site.

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

Carshare services like communauto and Car2go are now entitled to residents’ parking permits, so their vehicles can be parked on neighbourhood streets, east of Amherst St.; i.e., close to the new MRC.

Will there be 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.

Will 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 will have their own dedicated entrance to the new MRC’s parking lot. The indoor bike parking area will be located in the basement (Level 0). The change rooms (including showers and lockers) will be grouped together and also located on Level 0.