The Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) has reached an agreement with the New Brunswick Department of Justice and Public Safety (DOJ/PS) to extend the current space licensing agreement until December 31, 2021. Staff of the DOJ/PS have been working in the FCC premises at 670 Queen Street since May 2020.
The Fredericton Convention Centre’s primary objective is to attract new events, meetings, and conferences to the City of Fredericton, creating new economic impact for local businesses. During the COVID19 pandemic, rules in place to protect the health and safety of New Brunswickers include reduced size of delegate groups who can gather indoors to maintain social distancing, as well as travel restrictions into the province.
“Many events booked for 2021 at the FCC have postponed their face-to-face gatherings in light of continuing COVID19 challenges” says FCC General Manager Cathy Pugh. “While we fully support the gathering and travel restrictions that are in place, they make fulfilling our mandate difficult. Extending the space licensing agreement ensures the FCC has a guaranteed rental income for 2021, while our industry gets back on its feet.” Events currently booked for the FCC for 2021 are being relocated to other Fredericton venues.
Traditionally, national events book locations 2 to 5 years in the future, and the reduced team is focused on booking business for 2022 and beyond. “We cannot wait to welcome back our guests on January 2, 2022”, says Pugh.
In 2019, FCC welcomed guests to 229 events and created 15.6 million dollars in direct economic impact in Fredericton.