Société du Centre des congrès de Québec (SCCQ) is a government corporation founded on June 15, 1993, to manage, operate, and market the Québec City Convention Centre.
In January 1994 the governments of Québec and Canada announced $81.3 million in funding to build a new facility to replace the Québec City Municipal Convention Centre built in 1974. The aim was to make Québec City a top North American convention destination.
Mission accomplished. Since its inauguration on August 26, 1996, the Québec City Convention Centre has hosted over 2,000 events—that’s 2.8 million room-nights and $1.5 billion in spinoffs in the Québec City area. Today the Centre contributes significantly to the city’s economy and social and intellectual life while putting Québec City on the world convention map with industry-leading sustainable development initiatives.
On June 17, 2011, confident in the outlook for business tourism, the Québec government agreed to invest $36 million to expand the Québec City Convention Centre. This 73,000 sq. ft. expansion project will raise the international profile of the Québec region and Québec as a whole. The $36 million Québec government investment is divided as follows: $4,3 million for the acquisition of part of the shopping mall Place Québec and $31,7 million for the construction work.
The expansion work started in June 2012 and were completed in March 2014, under the responsibility of the Société immobilière du Québec. In addition to generating some $20 million in economic activity annually, this expansion positions the Québec City Convention Centre as the premiere convention destination in Canada.