Historic Canada Maltings office to undergo $4.5 million renovation

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CaDCR staff writer

The Canada Maltings administrative office will undergo a transformative renovation, thanks to an investment of over $4.5 million from the federal government. The project, also funded by the Government of Ireland and the Canada Ireland Foundation, will renew an iconic heritage building situated on Toronto’s waterfront.

Once completed, the refurbished space will emerge as the Corleck, a dynamic multiuse community cultural arts and conference centre.

“The Corleck project marks a pivotal moment where the past, present, and future converge,” expressed James Maloney, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. “It’s more than a mere restoration; it’s a testament to our commitment to preserving heritage while fostering vibrant community spaces.

“This investment not only honors our shared history but also sets the stage for a prosperous future.”

The Corleck will be a hub for cultural exchange and artistic expression, housing the Canada Ireland Foundation with flexible spaces for arts organizations and the Irish community. The facility will boast versatile assembly spaces, a state-of-the-art retractable stage equipped with comprehensive audiovisual capabilities, galleries, office suites, conference rooms, and even a commercial kitchen. Notably, the building will feature a roof terrace for gatherings and an elevator to enhance accessibility.

The restoration will prioritize sustainability, aiming to retain the building’s distinctive art deco charm while significantly improving its energy efficiency and environmental performance. Upgrades include a new roof, enhanced insulation, restored windows, and modernized heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Furthermore, the integration of energy-efficient lighting fixtures and technologies underscores the project’s commitment to green building practices.

“I am thrilled to announce this additional grant from the Irish Government, reinforcing our dedication to promoting Irish culture globally,” remarked the Tánaiste, Micheál Martin TD. “The Corleck will serve as a cultural beacon, fostering connections and narratives that transcend borders. It embodies our vision of a world where heritage thrives, and communities flourish.”

The ambitious restoration project aligns with Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan, aiming to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 28.4 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 19.5 tonnes annually.

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