04/23/2014 01:32 EDT | Updated 06/23/2014 05:59 EDT

New Halifax convention centre to get new management structure under legislation

HALIFAX - A new convention centre scheduled to open in Halifax in 2016 would have a new corporate management structure under legislation introduced by the Nova Scotia government.

Under the new Halifax Convention Centre Act, the province and the Halifax Regional Municipality would establish a corporation to manage and operate the facility and they would jointly appoint a board of directors.

Economic Development Minister Michel Samson says the 10-member board would set and implement the strategic direction for the corporation.

The corporation would replace the Crown-run Trade Centre Ltd.

The legislation requires the corporation to report to both levels of government with annual audited financial statements.

A report on the effectiveness and competitiveness of the convention centre's operations would also have to be submitted every five years.