A message from the Assistant Deputy Minister—The Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report 2014–15

Rob Wright
Assistant Deputy Minister
Parliamentary Precinct Branch

As Assistant Deputy Minister of the Parliamentary Precinct Branch (PPB), it is with great pride that I present the Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report for the 2014–15 fiscal year.

In 2007, the Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) was updated to address the long term accommodation requirements of Parliamentarians as well as the deteriorating condition of the buildings and lands they occupy. Today, the LTVP continues to address current priorities, updated accommodations requirements and evolving security enhancements. Since its inception, PPB has consistently demonstrated a solid track record in the preservation and rehabilitation of heritage assets and service excellence.

Over the last fiscal year, PPB worked diligently with our Parliamentary Partners—the Senate of Canada, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament—to make significant progress in completing projects and advancing the goal of preserving and modernizing Canada's Parliament Buildings. An increasingly important element of the LTVP continues to be the need to address and incorporate evolving and increasing security requirements while keeping a balance between safety, security, access for Canadians and heritage preservation.

This fiscal year saw the completion of a major LTVP rehabilitation project. The historic Sir John A. Macdonald Building was thoroughly restored and repurposed, and is now ready for parliamentary use. This award-winning building, immediately across from Parliament Hill, will permanently replace West Block's Confederation Room 200 and provide dignified, functional space for ceremonial and parliamentary functions, as well as state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities.

The Sir John A. Macdonald rehabilitation was completed on time, on scope, and on budget—the result of good planning, sound stewardship, skilful management, innovative approaches, and careful oversight by the project team. PPB continues to adopt practices, standards and process to ensure the efficient and effective planning and implementation of current and future LTVP projects. Be it leveraging lessons learned, partnering with universities, or working with the industry; it is our goal to maintain and improve upon our track record of delivering successful projects. This year was no exception as all LTVP major projects achieved their time, scope, and budget targets for the fiscal year.

The economic benefits of the LTVP are significant. The six Major Capital projects (East Block, Government Conference Centre, Sir John A. Macdonald, Wellington Building, West Block, and Visitor Welcome Centre phase 1) are expected to generate over 25,000 direct and indirect private sector jobs. These will be generated through contracts with small, medium and large companies. And as a major national tourist destination, the fully rehabilitated Parliament Buildings with improved visitor engagement facilities, are expected to enhance tourism in the Nation's capital.

Preserving, rehabilitating and modernizing the largest concentration of federally designated heritage properties in all of Canada, while ensuring that Parliament continues to function uninterrupted, required a massive program of work and the sequencing of large complex projects over the last decade. These successful projects and the extensive expertise that PPB has developed during the process, has earned international recognition from organizations looking to learn from our experiences as they plan large-scale rehabilitation of their own heritage government buildings. PPB continues to deepen these relationships, exchanging information, lessons learned, and best practices in undertaking this specialized work.

This annual report sets out the LTVP achievements to date and more specifically over the last fiscal year. Many of the initial projects of the LTVP have been completed or are nearing completion. These projects, to create interim and permanent accommodations, needed to be in place prior to launching the major work of rehabilitating the main heritage buildings. With the Sir John A. Macdonald Building now complete and ready for Parliamentary use, and the completion of West Block, Wellington Building, and the Government Conference Centre all within the next three years, the LTVP is ready to advance the Centre Block Rehabilitation Project —the largest and most complex project, the centrepiece of the Parliamentary Precinct, and the cornerstone of the LTVP.

PPB's sound stewardship of our country's built heritage, financial resources, and natural environment means that these iconic national treasures will be preserved, maintained, modernized and secured for the benefit of all Canadians well into the next century.

We are very proud of PPB's accomplishments and service excellence over this past fiscal year. From planning and construction, to delivery and ongoing operations, the combined effort of the entire PPB team ensures that Parliament will continue to have the facilities it needs to serve Canadians. We look forward with enthusiasm and dedication to the work ahead.

Rob Wright
Assistant Deputy Minister
Parliamentary Precinct Branch

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