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The Centre Block currently has outdated systems and suffers from crumbling mortar, damaged sculptures and stained glass, as well as aging water pipes.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.

Enlarged image of rust-coloured stains cover a stone carving of a man on a horse

Some stone carvings are damaged by water leaks (click to view enlarged image)

Enlarged image of an old ventilation system in a basement

The ventilation system is at the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced (click to view enlarged image)

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:

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.

Enlarged image of the exterior of a recently renovated former train station originally built in the 1920s

The exterior of the renovated Senate of Canada Building (click to view enlarged image)

Enlarged image of a long room with red carpet and wood paneling. There are 3 rows of wooden desks and chairs placed stadium-style on either side of the room

The interim Senate Chamber in the Senate of Canada Building (click to view enlarged image)

Enlarged image of a large room with stadium-style seating

The interim House of Commons Chamber in the West Block (click to view enlarged image)

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:

For virtual tours, visit Parliament: The Virtual Experience and the Senate virtual tour.

Renovating the Centre Block

View the video: Renovating the Centre Block

Learn about the iconic Centre Block and the project to restore and modernize it (click to see the video)

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