Planning for the future of the Parliamentary Precinct campus
The buildings and grounds on and near Parliament Hill are symbols of our democracy and part of our history. They play an important role in the nation's capital. We have a detailed plan to renovate, restore and modernize them. This plan is now being updated. It will continue to guide the future work to maintain Parliament Hill and its surroundings as a national treasure, a centre of democracy and a tourist destination.
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About the Long Term Vision and Plan
Queen Victoria selected Ottawa as Canada's capital in 1857. Since then, Parliament Hill and the area around it has grown and evolved. Through all its evolutions, one element is consistent: careful planning.
Carrying on the tradition of planning for the Parliamentary Precinct, we work from a master plan that we call the Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) for the Parliamentary Precinct. The plan provides a detailed and coordinated approach to renovating, restoring and modernizing the Parliament Buildings and federal buildings near them. The LTVP is not a fixed plan, but rather a flexible strategy.
Parliamentary Precinct campus boundaries
The precinct is made up of the following buildings on Parliament Hill:
- Centre Block
- West Block
- East Block
- Library of Parliament
- Parliamentary Welcome Centre
- Confederation Building
- Justice Building
It also includes the grounds, the Senate of Canada Building, the 3 blocks south of Wellington Street and the buildings near Parliament Hill.
In total, the precinct includes 35 Crown-owned buildings, of which 28 are designated heritage properties.
Updating the Long Term Vision and Plan
The LTVP for the Parliamentary Precinct is being updated. The last time we did a major update to the plan was in 2006. We are now updating the plan with our parliamentary partners:
- the Senate
- the House of Commons
- the Library of Parliament
- Parliamentary Protective Service
Until recently, the main goal of the LTVP has been to create space for Parliament so the Centre Block could be vacated to launch its historic rehabilitation. The Senate is temporarily located in the Senate of Canada Building. The House of Commons has its interim Chamber in the West Block.
With these moves complete, the Centre Block is now closed and assessment work is underway. The focus of the LTVP is now shifting towards creating an integrated and connected parliamentary campus for a modern Parliament. Approaching the Centre, West and East Blocks as part of a larger parliamentary complex will tie together the facilities on the Hill, as well as important buildings in the three city blocks facing Parliament Hill, such as the Wellington, Sir John A. Macdonald and Valour buildings.
The new master plan will provide direction well into the future. It will focus on key themes, such as:
- accommodating parliamentarians
- determining how people and materials move around the campus
- environmental sustainability
- urban design
- visitor experience
The updated plan will realize the full potential of the Parliamentary Precinct and its important role in the nation's capital. It will also ensure appropriate integration with Crown-owned lands west of the Parliamentary Precinct.
In 2021, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) conducted public opinion research to better understand how we can improve the visitor experience for Canada’s Parliamentary Precinct. The findings will support the planning of major ongoing and future projects and provide meaningful insight for updates being made to the 2006 LTVP. Survey results will also help to ensure that planning is developed in a way that addresses the needs and interests of parliamentarians, staff and visitors.
For more detailed information on the results of the public opinion research:
Survey concerning the Parliamentary Precinct: Final report
This next phase of the rehabilitation of the precinct will continue to be the result of the collaborative work of the parliamentary partners, PSPC and stakeholder groups. This will ensure that upcoming programs of work identify functional, flexible, integrated and creative approaches that highlight and preserve this history for future generations of Canadians and visitors to admire.
Progress since the last update
Many of the buildings in the Parliamentary Precinct are more than 100 years old. Time and weather have taken a toll on them and as a result, their renewal is vital. We've made significant progress carrying out the 2006 plan. We completed the following major restoration and modernization projects:
- The West Block
- The Senate of Canada Building
- The Wellington Building
- The Sir John A. Macdonald Building
Learn how we restore and modernize Parliament Buildings.
We are working on the largest heritage restoration project that Canada has ever seen: the restoration and modernization of the Centre Block. We are also moving ahead with plans and work to restore and modernize the East Block and the Confederation Building. We continue to work on several other projects along Wellington and Sparks streets.
We will also be launching an architectural design competition to renew Block 2.
Advancing these projects will ensure that some of the most iconic heritage buildings in Canada are adapted in creative ways to meet the needs of a modern 21st-century Parliament. It is also part of building a modern, forward-leaning capital that does not lose touch with its past.
Each year, we publish the Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report. The report outlines the work we did and the major milestones we met to advance the LTVP for the Parliamentary Precinct.
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