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History and purpose of the project

The City awarded the non-profit organization Vision Multisports Outaouais (VMSO) the construction and management of a 4,000-seat arena, including three community ice rinks.

All contracts for the construction of the arena were publicly tendered, ensuring transparency and good stewardship of public funds.

With the opening of the Centre, citizens have four brand new arenas at their disposal with 7,700 hours of ice time per year. These hours are distributed to the various sports associations and are also used for various free activities offered by Gatineau’s recreation department.
The Gatineau Olympiques major junior field hockey club will be able to call the new center home. This club is a source of pride for the citizens of Gatineau.
The choice of the Cité site will strengthen the synergy created by the grouping of sports, recreational and cultural infrastructures.

The costs were divided among the three partners:
– VMSO: $16 million
– Loan from Investissement QuĂ©bec to VMSO: $21 million
– Government of Quebec: $26.5 million
– City of Gatineau: $37.9 million

The business model is based on the signing of a 25-year emphyteutic lease. The building will be transferred to the City at the end of the lease.

The City will save a minimum of $33 million in operating costs over the 25-year period. VMSO will also invest in the building’s life-cycle reserve with a $350,000 annual mark-up. VMSO assumes any risk of construction cost overruns or operating deficits, should they occur.

This project brings a number of positive benefits to the City of Gatineau, including
– A superior infrastructure
– The use of four ice surfaces by the community
– An improved level of service
– Guarantees for Gatineau taxpayers
– Capped construction costs
– Competitive bidding for all public funds
– Transparent, open-book management
– Operating cost savings of $33 million over 25 years
– A solution to keep the Olympics in Gatineau
– Synergy created by the grouping of cultural and recreational infrastructures
– Attractiveness for major sports and cultural events
– An opportunity to enhance an existing public square Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Vision Multisports Outaouais Inc. is a NPO (non-profit organization) born from a vision of three people in March 2006, Alain Sanscartier, Robert P. Racicot and Alain Brisson, which was incorporated on July 9th 2008.



The objective is to improve the involvement of youth in today’s society through participation in sports activities at all levels. Originally, the plan was to promote ice sports in all categories (field hockey, ringette, figure skating, speed skating and others). An indoor synthetic surface was added to our initial project, which will allow year-round use of space for soccer, soccer and all related sports.

Le besoin est grand ; il n’existe aucun espace regroupant tous ces sports sous un seul toit en Outaouais. Au niveau de la jeunesse, le décrochage scolaire est une plaie pour la société ; un tel équipement permettra de contrer ce fléau et fera de notre jeunesse de meilleurs citoyens qui contribueront à l’essor de notre ville, province et pays. La disponibilité de cet équipement avoisinant l’une des plus importantes écoles secondaires au Québec, qui de surcroît est doté d’un programme sport-études, permettra de doubler la clientèle scolaire à ce niveau et par le fait même, assurera une utilisation maximale de notre équipement. Vision Multisports Outaouais Inc. aura réalisé un centre important servant une clientèle régionale de plus de 300 000 personnes. L’appui des autorités municipales et scolaires est acquis et ce projet est fortement encouragé par la communauté.

En 2021, l’organisme ajoutera un deuxième projet d’importance avec la construction et l’ouverture du Centre Slush Puppie.

L’OBNL, dont les règlements généraux sont disponibles sur demande, est structuré de façon à en assurer la continuité sans cette possibilité de prise de contrôle par un groupe ayant des intérêts personnels. Vision Multisports Outaouais Inc… Un projet communautaire pour la collectivité !

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