Creative City Campus FAQ


What exactly is going to happen?

  • The detailed plans are still being finalized and will be informed by an engagement process led by the architects.  The Creative City Campus project is fundamentally about revitalizing and expanding capacity across five buildings within the McCaul Street campus (100 McCaul, the George Reid House, the Sharp Centre for Design, 113 McCaul and 115 McCaul).  The main components include:
    1. The renewal and expansion of 149,700 square feet (an additional 55,000 square feet of new space and upgrades to 94,700 square feet of existing space).  This will include expansion and refurbishment of studio spaces and fabrication technology, as well as renewal of the historic George Reid House.
    2. Design and construction of collaborative learning spaces in the Sharp Centre for Design.
    3. Modernization and expansion of classrooms and seminar spaces.
    4. Creation of the Grange Park Room and Student Commons.
    5. Creation of Indigenous Visual Culture Centre.
    6. Revitalization and expansion of the art and design library.
    7. Development of a Centre for Experiential Learning.

How long is the project expected to last?

  • The CCC project will be implemented in stages over the next few years, with the final stage projected to be completed in the 2020/2021 academic year.

What is the consultation and decision making process?

  • A Creative City Campus project steering committee and community planning committee have been established to facilitate project development and implementation.  Committee membership will include faculty deans and representatives from the OCAD University Student Union, among others.  The OCAD University Board of Governors will have governance oversight of the Creative City Campus.
  • The project development or phasing strategy will become clearer after further engagement with our community, likely by April 2017.

How will OCAD University raise the matching funds?

  • The total project is estimated at nearly $60 million.  The Government of Ontario has committed $27 million through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Campus Renewal program.  OCAD University is committed to raising the remaining $21.7 million and already, $6 million has been raised for Creative City Campus infrastructure improvements through the Ignite Imagination fundraising campaign.  (This $6 million is in addition to the $11.7 million raised through Ignite Imagination for student scholarships and program and faculty support.  Ignite Imagination the single largest fundraising initiative in OCAD University’s nearly 140-year history.)

Is this public funding part of the Ignite Imagination Campaign?

  • Absolutely.  This generous investment in OCAD University by the province has brought us to 116 per cent of the $60-million Ignite Imagination campaign goal.