Civic Theatres Toronto (CTT) fosters programs to invest in core areas of arts education and engagement, developing local and international artists, international presentations, cross development of creative industries and technology, celebrating and reflecting the multiculturalism of the City of Toronto. CTT delivers the following service:

  • Theatrical and Other Cultural Events

CTT has stewardship over three facilities – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and Toronto Centre for the Arts – to provide artists, creators and patrons with world-class, state-of-the-art venues that are inviting and accessible to all.

Download the Budget Analyst Notes for Civic Theatres Toronto for detailed information on service levels, key initiatives, challenges and performance measures. You can also review budget highlights below.

Civic Theatres Toronto is committed to entertain and educate; engage and strengthen partnerships; create extraordinary experiences and embody the City of Toronto on stage.

Download the Civic Theatres Toronto Program Map to better understand the services and activities it delivers on behalf of the City of Toronto.

Operating Budget

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $37.4 million gross and $5.3 million net.


  • 0.0% Budget increase over the 2018 Approved Net Operating Budget. This is achievable through increased level of programming at all venues, in particular, CTT Presents performances are anticipated to increase 147% over 2018 and new programs will be launched at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
  • $3.822M Increase in revenues will be generated from stage rentals, corporate events, donations, grants and sundry to fully offset increased expenditures thereby effectively bringing the budget pressures down to zero.
  • 2020/2021 Increases primarily for known inflationary adjustments for salaries, benefits and utilities which will be offset by revenue.

Key Challenges

  • Limited resources to launch/run all planned programs and expansions.
  • Growing needs of SOGR backlog follow review of building condition audit.
  • Building brand awareness under new name.
  • Managing infrastructure projects around programming and building usage.
  • Ensure facilities meet and surpass AODA guidelines.
  • Use of charitable status to access funds for programming support.

Priority Actions

  • Continue to implement strategic actions at the three theatres including expanded in-house programming and community engagement events, with no increase to net budget.
  • Increase Education and Engagement audiences across all venues.
  • Investments in programming, education and engagement, development and marketing services.
  • Continue growth in sponsorship and philanthropic support under new name and brand.
  • Focus on improving customer experience at all venues
  • Utilize new debt funding to address SOGR backlog issues and AODA deficiencies at all venues.

Capital Budget and Plan

The 10-year Capital Plan is $46.9 million to address health and safety projects, legislated projects, as well as state of good repair and service improvement.

Highlights – 1 Year

  • $3.742M Address State of Good Repairs backlogs and AODA compliance at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
  • $2.687M Improve accessibility and AODA compliance at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
  • $2.400M Replacement of doors and continuation of AODA projects at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • $1.623M Other SOGR and Health & Safety projects including coil replacement, freight elevator modernization, fire alarm system replacement.

Highlights – 10 Years

  • $30.271M State of Good Repair projects at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
  • $13.216M Legislated projects to address outstanding AODA deficiencies at the three theatres.
  • $3.225M Health & Safety projects to ensure standards of the facilities are met for patrons and staff.
  • $0.215M Service Improvement projects to improve sound isolation at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Find more information on specific City issues, opportunities and challenges in the briefing notes and reports prepared by City staff. Documents will be posted as they become available.

Presentations made to committee and City Council provide an overview of the 2019 City budget. Documents will be posted as they become available.