Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan introduced amendments to the Halifax Convention Centre Act today, Sept. 21, that help the convention centre in its role to attract visitors and build economic vibrancy in Nova Scotia.
Events East manages and operates the convention centre. The amendments provide clarity on the oversight, reporting and operating requirements, bringing the legislation in line with other public sector entities.
“The new Halifax Convention Centre is a world-class facility that is generating millions of dollars for our economy and boosting tourism,” said Mr. MacLellan. “This legislation gives Events East the authority to keep drumming up business, attracting large events and welcoming visitors.”
Some of the amendments include:
— confirming the name of Events East Group
— removing the requirement for shareholder approval – Halifax Regional Municipality and the province – related to hiring, firing or compensation of executives, other than the president and CEO
— adjusting the contract ceiling to require approval from both the municipality and the province. Previously, the level was any contract of $250,000 or above; the bill adjusts that to $500,000 or above. All public procurement rules continue to apply
There are more than 160 events booked for the Halifax Convention Centre this year, bringing an estimated 100,000 delegates and more than $50 million in the centre’s first year of operation.
The Government of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality will continue to co-own the Halifax Convention Centre, splitting the operating costs 50-50.