National War Memorial: Restoration and maintenance

From: Public Services and Procurement Canada

The National War Memorial honours all Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served Canada in war in the cause of peace and freedom, past, present and future. Learn more about how Public Services and Procurement Canada works to restore and maintain this important monument.

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Project overview

Location
Ottawa, Ontario
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Type of project
Restoration
Lead departmen
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Construction firm
Atwill-Morin Group Inc.
Project status
Completed in November 2016

Project description

In 2016, we awarded a contract to Atwill-Morin Group Inc. of Montréal, Quebec. The project was to restore and repair the National War Memorial and protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

As the memorial is a national ceremonial and sacred burial site, the repair project was carried out with great care and sensitivity.

The contractor began work in the beginning of April 2016, and the restoration was completed on November 4, 2016.

The work included:

Photo gallery

View the photo gallery to see how we have restored the monument. (Click the image to enlarge the photo)

Project background

In 2013, a contract was awarded to Prestige Design & Construction Ltd. to improve the structural integrity of the concrete slab that supports the memorial. The work was completed in July 2014.

History of the National War Memorial

During the restoration of the National War Memorial, Canadian Heritage installed an exhibit on the construction panels surrounding the memorial.

The is called National War Memorial: Symbol of Remembrance. It tells the story of the monument’s design and construction and explores its role as a place of remembrance for Canadians.

Maintaining the National War Memorial

We are the custodian of the National War Memorial and are committed to ensuring that it is preserved, protected and well maintained.

Each year, we are responsible for:

  • installing a new protective layer of wax to protect the memorial from the elements (for example: snow, ice, cold, heat, wind and rain) and preserve it for future generations
  • repairing stonework to preserve site integrity and maintain the safety of the site for the public
  • clearing snow and ice so the site remains accessible to the public year-round

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