Follow the rehabilitation of the parliamentary buildings

The Parliamentary Precinct is home to Canada’s Parliamentary system and the physical expression of our commitment to democracy and the principle of freedom. The Precinct provides the setting for the work of Parliamentarians and their staff and is Canada’s top gathering place for public expression and celebration.

The long-term planning and rehabilitation of the Parliamentary Precinct has been a longstanding concern of the Government dating back to 1912. The Long Term Vision and Plan is the current comprehensive multi-decade strategy to renew the Parliamentary Precinct by:

In this context, the term “rehabilitation” means:

Rehabilitating the West Block

Work on the West Block began in 2011, and building occupancy is planned for the opening session of Parliament in fall 2018. The permanent courtyard infill will serve as the House of Commons Chamber while the Centre Block will be vacated to undergo rehabilitation.

Rehabilitating the Centre Block

Rehabilitating the Centre Block will be Public Services and Procurement Canada's largest and most complex heritage rehabilitation project ever.

Rehabilitating the East Block

The East Block’s exterior has some of the most remarkable examples of stonework and ironwork in Canada. While exterior masonry work will continue on portions of the building, plans for the full rehabilitation of this important heritage building are being developed.

Building the Visitor Welcome Centre

Phase 1 of the project is underway and will be ready to welcome its first visitors by the opening session of Parliament in the fall of 2018. This beautiful underground space will expand and enhance visitor experience while meeting security and infrastructure demands.

Rehabilitating the Government Conference Centre and office accommodation

Once Ottawa's former central train station, the Government Conference Centre will house the interim Senate Chamber during the Centre Block rehabilitation. Construction work is underway to allow the Senate to occupy this building for the opening session of Parliament in the fall of 2018.

Rehabilitating the Wellington Building

Completed in 2016, the Wellington Building will be used for parliamentary offices and meeting spaces. The interior features a new, central, multi-level atrium and a spectacular, restored ceiling mosaic in the lobby of the main entrance.

Rehabilitating the Sir John A. Macdonald Building

The project was completed in June 2015. The Sir John A. Macdonald Building is now the permanent home for large parliamentary meetings and functions.

Rehabilitating the grounds of Parliament Hill

Several changes have been made to the grounds since Confederation. Learn about recent improvements and the construction projects currently underway.

How parliamentary buildings are rehabilitated

Learn about the major work involved to conserve, rehabilitate and upgrade these buildings. The rehabilitation of the Library of Parliament, completed in 2006, serves as example.

The Long Term Vision and Plan

The Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) provides a detailed and coordinated approach to rehabilitate the Parliament Buildings and nearby buildings.

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