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CNIB Redevelopment Project Milestones

February 27, 2020

CNIB receives clarity from the Provincial Capital Commission on best practices around the two stipulations identified in their reinstatement letter of February 7, 2020. See attached letter.

Next steps for CNIB will be work with our development partner around a tenancy plan and to develop and implement a public engagement and communications strategy.

February 7, 2020

Provincial Capital Commission Board announcement was made that the CNIB project be reinstated at step 23 of the 38-stage process for development with the following stipulations:

The proponent of development provides a tenancy make up explanation to the Architectural Advisory Committee to show how all land use would be compliant to the 5 pillars of the Wascana Master Plan.

The Board requests additional communication and engagement to discuss the benefits of the project and engage the public regarding the land-use of the complete building rather than just the Canadian National Institute for the Blind portion of the building.

December 5, 2019

Provincial Auditor releases findings

March 7, 2019

PCC suspends the project pending auditor’s report

March 5, 2019

Provincial Auditor announces process audit to ensure the CNIB Redevelopment Project followed legislative practices

January 4, 2019

CNIB submits detailed building design to PCC Architectural Review Committee

December 2018/January – February 2019

Commencement of demolition of 2550 Broad Street

October 15, 2018

CNIB receives PCC approval to demolish 2550 Broad Street

March 2018

CNIB Announcement of project approval and Brandt announces the MS Society as a second charitable tenant in the building

November 1, 2017

CNIB receives PCC’s written approval of project, conditional upon final building design & agreement to provide public amenities.

April 7, 2017

CNIB is informed that November 2016 project approvals will be referred to the Provincial Capital Commission (PCC)

November 29, 2016

CNIB receives concept approval from the WCA Board for CNIB/Brandt development proposal

October 2016

CNIB moves to 2160 Broad Street because of health and safety concerns for clients and staff

September 2016

CNIB responds to WCA feedback on conceptual design

August 24, 2016

CNIB hosts public consultation

July/August, 2016

CNIB advertises September public consultation in Leader-Post (July 27, Aug 10) and advertise on social media

July 2016

CNIB and Government of Saskatchewan sign land lease for 99 years

March 10, 2016

2016 WCA Master Plan is released showing the proposed CNIB building and acknowledging the presence of other tenants in the building.

September 2015

CNIB receives WCA's feedback on conceptual design

August 2015

CNIB CNIB submits conceptual design to WCA

July 13, 2015

CNIB learns that WCA approves of the concept after initial review

July 6, 2015

CNIB submits a concept to WCA: Brandt subleases 2.9 acres from CNIB; estimates 70,000 square foot building

June 2015

CNIB selects Brandt Developments as partner

May 2015

CNIB advertises Request for Expression of Interest Leader Post (May 6 and May 9) – 7 interested, 6 requests for package, only 1 submission

April 1, 2015

Government of Saskatchewan provides approval to WCA for CNIB to build new facility on site. Authorization includes lease extension to 99 years, points to WCA for further direction


CNIB approaches Brandt as prospective donor.


CNIB commences capital campaign


McGinn Engineering Group study reports the building has exceeded lifespan


Request for approval from WCA for upgrade or replacement

1992 – 1993

Cochrane Engineering study reports building in need of major repair or replacement within 10-20 years


Necessary upgrades to building first identified by CNIB, initial conversations with Wascana Centre Authority (WCA)

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