Update: March 19, 2020 Kamloops Centre for the Arts Referendum Cancelled

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing confirmed that the referendum (assent vote) for the Kamloops Centre for the Arts (KCA) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new referendum date will be determined once a designated medical health officer advises the City that the Covid-19 pandemic no longer poses a threat to public health.

Kamloops residents can learn more about the proposed $70-million Kamloops Centre for the Arts (KCA) and the upcoming referendum at two information sessions this month. On April 4, electors will vote to decide if they are in favour of the City of Kamloops borrowing up to $45 million to construct the facility.

To help residents become informed and prepare to cast their votes, the City is hosting two information sessions.

Wednesday, February 12
 6:30–8:30 pm   
Sports Centre Lounge, McArthur Island Sandman Centre
1665 Island Parkway   

 Thursday, February 13
 6:00–8:00 pm
Valley First Lounge
300 Lorne Street

The business case, prepared by the KCA Society, outlines a new 120,000+ sq. ft. facility on the City-owned lot at the corner of 4th Avenue and Seymour Street, with an additional 20,000 sq. ft. of renovated existing space. The facility is anticipated to include the following spaces:

  • main stage theatre (~1,200 seats), studio theatre (~450 seats)
  • black box flexible space, rehearsal, production, and education spaces
  • meeting rooms, administrative and tenant spaces
  • underground parking

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Residents are encouraged to attend the information sessions, discuss the proposed plan, and ask questions to gain an understanding of the proposed project.

City staff and representatives from the KCA Society will be available during both events to share information and to discuss the proposed project, the financing, and the referendum process. The information sessions will begin with a 30-minute open house followed by a short presentation, and the sessions will conclude with roundtable discussions.