About the Centre Block project
The Centre Block is closed for renovations. This is the largest, most complex heritage rehabilitation project ever seen in Canada and is one of the largest in the world. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) will use innovative approaches and technologies throughout the project. When the Centre Block reopens, it will be ready to meet the needs of a 21st-century Parliament for years to come.
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An essential investment for the future
PSPC is restoring and modernizing the Centre Block.
Since it opened in 1920, only minor repairs have been made to this iconic Canadian building. Short-term fixes are no longer a cost-effective option for preserving the building. It needs major repairs to bring it up to modern safety, environmental and accessibility standards and to make the building functional for parliamentarians. The 2010 Spring Report of the Auditor General of Canada predicted the Centre Block would experience "total failure" sometime between 2019 and 2025.
The Centre Block currently has outdated systems and suffers from crumbling mortar, damaged sculptures and stained glass, as well as aging water pipes. Earthquake proofing and security are also issues that must be addressed, and the original electrical system cannot safely handle the multitude of modern technology required to support the operations of Parliament.
The Centre Block restoration and modernization project is part of a group of other important reconstruction projects involving the triad (Centre Block, West Block and East Block).
Learn more about the Centre Block and its history at The Centre Block: A Canadian icon.
A complex undertaking
The Centre Block project will include:
- restoring the building's stonework, wood, plaster, frescos, stained glass and metalwork
- replacing mechanical, electrical and fire safety systems
- installing new information technology, multimedia and security systems
- upgrading committee rooms
- making the building more environmentally sustainable
- making the building more accessible for employees, parliamentarians and visitors
- building phase 2 of the Parliament Welcome Centre complex
- restoring the Peace Tower
Visit the web page latest progress on the Centre Block project for details.
Temporary homes for Parliament
While the Centre Block undergoes restoration and modernization, the new Senate of Canada Building houses the Senate. Similarly, Parliament Hill’s West Block is now the interim home of the House of Commons Chamber.
Public programming continues
The Centre Block is closed to visitors and tourists during construction. We’re working closely with partners and stakeholders to maintain activities, including:
We’re also committed to ensuring that the Dominion Carillonneur can continue to play the Peace Tower carillon for as long as possible during the renovations. The playing of the bells will continue until at least the summer of 2021, as long as it is safe to do so. The Canadian flag will continue to fly on the Peace Tower throughout the project.
Although live tours are currently suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, during construction on Parliament Hill, you will be able to book guided tours of:
- the Senate of Canada Building
- the West Block
- the East Block
For virtual tours, visit Parliament: The Virtual Experience and the Senate virtual tour.
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