New federal building in Shawinigan: construction project

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Learn about the construction of a new building on the current site of the National Verification and Collections Centre of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in Shawinigan.

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Project overview

4695 Shawinigan-Sud Boulevard, Shawinigan, Quebec
Type of project
Construction of a new building that meets sustainable development requirements
Dismantling of the existing building and construction of the parking lot
Lead department
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
Firms responsible

Gagnon, Letellier, Cyr, Ricard, Mathieu et associés, architectes, S.E.N.C., Coarchitecture Inc., en consortium

Pomerleau Inc.

Roughly $149 million (taxes included) in contracts for architecture and engineering services, and construction management
Project status
In progress
Next step
Demolition of the current building and construction of the parking lot will take place after the construction of the new building.

Project description

PSPC will be this building’s owner. This 4-storey construction will provide total usable space of 18,054 square metres.

The project will be carried out in project-management mode, which means there will be a collaboration between PSPC, the architecture and engineering consultant and the managing construction contractor.

This approach makes it possible to create efficiencies and begin the construction before the design work is completed.

Adaptation to federal employee needs

Given the new reality of telework, this new building will provide a modern workplace that is better aligned with the current and future space needs identified by the federal departments housed on-site to optimize space occupancy. It will provide flexibility in the event of an unexpected staff increase, thanks to the application of the activity-based workplace.

Approximately 2,100 employees will work in the new building:

  • approximately 1,600 CRA employees
  • 500 Employment and Social Development Canada employees
  • a few Shared Services Canada employees

Sustainable development and energy efficiency

In order to meet the government’s new sustainable development requirements, the new building will be constructed for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and BOMA BEST Gold certifications.

The building will:

  • be carbon neutral and emit no greenhouse gases (GHG) during operations
  • use 100% clean electricity
  • use less water than the current building
  • include modern building-construction and maintenance technologies
  • be resilient to climate change

We expect the building to be 25% more efficient than National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings requirements. Major construction materials will be selected using those with the lowest impact on GHG emissions. We will reduce the environmental impact of construction waste by 90% during the construction of the new building and demolition of the current building.

This project will be completed in compliance with sustainable development principles:

  • existing green spaces will be protected and maintained
  • landscaping will allow rainwater to seep into the ground so that less water is discharged into municipal sewers
  • a light-emitting diode (LED) lighting system with occupancy sensors will reduce light pollution


Multimedia gallery

Follow the progress of this project with the on-site camera.

New federal building in Shawinigan—A modern and eco-efficient design

This animation shows what the new building will look like when it is completed in 2024.

New federal building—Transcript

Start of video

[Music plays]

(Text on screen: Public Services and Procurement Canada)

[A digital rendering of a new government building complex is shown as though driving down the road looking at the building. Trees and friendly outdoor space pass by in front of the modern building.]

(Text on screen: New federal building in Shawinigan: a modern and eco-efficient design)

(Text on screen: The new 18,000 m2 building will accommodate 2,000 federal employees.)

[The point of view starts to move into the building for a better view. Digital renderings of people are shown moving about the grounds enjoying the space.]

(Text on screen: Built to the LEED Gold standard, the building will be carbon neutral and will protect green spaces.)

[The point of view moves to show the front main lobby and entrance before pulling back to show the full beauty of the building.]

(Text on screen: It will welcome its new occupants in late 2024.)

[Music stops]

(Text on screen: Check us out:,,,

(Public Services and Procurement Canada signature)

(Canada Wordmark)

End of video

New federal building in Shawinigan—Environmental features

This infographic represents the sketch of the new federal building in Shawinigan.

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Infographic: New federal building in Shawinigan.

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Infographic presenting the non-definitive sketch of the new federal building in Shawinigan and its main environmental features

LEED Gold certification objective

Carbon neutral building

  • No GHG emissions

High energy performance

  • 25% more efficient than a similar building
  • Triple glazing and quality exterior walls to increase insulation
  • Maximized natural lighting

Efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment

  • Refrigerants with a smaller impact on climate warming
  • Over 90% of heat recovered

Management of construction materials

  • Materials chosen to reduce the environmental impact
  • 90% reduction in construction waste

Sustainable development

  • Protection of existing green spaces and tree planting
  • Reduced consumption of drinking water

Latest news about this project

June 3, 2022: New federal building in Shawinigan: the construction has begun!

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