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Sudbury Theatre Centre gets $200K bailout from city council

The Sudbury Theatre Centre is getting $200,000 in emergency funding from the city to help it get through its current financial woes.

City staff say there is doubt that theatre centre can continue to operate in new year

The Sudbury Theatre Centre received $200,000 in emergency funding from Sudbury city council on Tuesday night. (Angela Gemmill/CBC)
City council is bailing out the Sudbury Theatre Centre. $200 thousand in emergency funding will give the struggling institution some breathing room. We have audio from city council as it debated the motion to donate the money. 5:51

The Sudbury Theatre Centre is getting $200,000 in emergency funding from the city to help it get through its current financial woes, which city councillors described as a "perfect storm."

"This isn't a Bombardier," said city councillor Fern Cormier, emphasising that this is one-time funding and "a first" ask from the local professional theatre in its 40 year history.

"In the very very long history of this organization, this is a first. I would hate to see us lose this valuable asset in our community due to some circumstances that got beyond anyone's control on a temporary basis."

The Sudbury Theatre Centre has been going through tough times after losing its artistic director and general manager in recent months and wondering if it could keep operating into the new year.

Ward 12 Greater Sudbury city councillor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

City councillor Mike Jakubo questioned why this request came out of the blue, being added to the council agenda at the last minute.

But he said he felt reassured knowing the theatre is doing some long range planning

"The $200,000 is not going into a hole. It's going into a brighter future," he said.

City councillor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann said she was "extremely disappointed" in staff for not providing a more fullsome report on this emergency funding request saying it "didn't fall out of the sky."

She was the lone vote against the emergency funding, which passed by a vote of 10-1.