New Maison de Radio-Canada breaks ground in Montreal

Ground was broken at the site of the Maison de Radio-Canada on Sunday morning at the same time CBC/Radio-Canada opened it doors to the public for Culture Days.

Public broadcaster's new building slated to be done by January 2020

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, Roger Plamondon, the president of Broccolini, Hubert Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly were at the event on Sunday. (CBC)

Ground was broken at the site of the Maison de Radio-Canada on Sunday morning at the same time CBC/Radio-Canada opened it doors to the public for Culture Days.

Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly helped break ground at the new location just days after the Liberal government unveiled a cultural policy revamp. The public broadcaster remains part of what she believes content and cultural industries from Canada should look like in the digital world.

"We want Radio-Canada to be a platform that promotes Canadian culture," said Joly on Sunday.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and Hubert T. Lacroix, president and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada, were also on hand for the event.

The building's design boasts lots of natural light, a four-storey atrium, a rooftop patio, and it will meet environmental and sustainable development standards equivalent to a LEED Silver certification.

Butterflies were released during the ceremony at the groundbreaking of the new Maison de Radio-Canada. (CBC)

The real estate developer Broccolini is in charge of building the new Maison de Radio-Canada, which will be at the corner of René-Lévesque Boulevard and Papineau Avenue. The lot was previously a parking lot for the existing building.

The new building will have a reduced number of parking spots in order to encourage active transportation.

It is expected to be completed by January 2020.

With files from CBC's Haydn Watters, Kamila Hinkson and Radio-Canada