Past, present and future unite in the Corleck Building

Toronto, Ontario, March 16, 2024 —The historic Canada Maltings administrative office in Eireann Quay will undergo a major restoration and renovation through an investment of more than $4.5 million from the federal government. The project is also being funded by the Government of Ireland and the Canada Ireland Foundation.

Announced by Parliamentary Secretary James Maloney; the Tánaiste, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD; and Robert G. Kearns, Chair and Founder of the Canada Ireland Foundation, this project will convert a disused heritage building on Toronto’s waterfront into a multiuse community cultural arts and conference centre.

Named the Corleck, the facility will provide a new home for the Canada Ireland Foundation and it will host flexible space for the Irish community and many arts organizations. It will include multiuse assembly spaces, a retracting stage with total audiovisual capacity; a reception space, gallery and museum;  spaces for offices, conferences and classrooms; support room space; commercial kitchen; and a roof terrace for assembly. In addition, an elevator will be installed to make the building more accessible.

The design and renovations will preserve the art deco style of the original building, while also significantly enhancing its thermal and acoustic performance. A new roof, upgraded insulation, and restoration of the windows will help reduce heat loss. Replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the building with in-floor heating, new ductwork, and a new heat pump system will also greatly improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. Finally, wiring through the building will be upgraded and lighting fixtures will be replaced with energy efficient LEDs. 

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