Assistant Deputy Minister’s message—The Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report 2016 to 2017

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Rob Wright
Assistant Deputy Minister
Parliamentary Precinct Branch

I am pleased to present the Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report for the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year. Throughout this report you will find updates on key activities with regards to the upkeep and renovation of buildings within the Parliamentary Precinct, as well as an outline of new and renewed priorities that will be taken into account in the coming programs of work.

Over the past year, the Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) has continued to serve as the basis for the planning and progress tracking of projects on Parliament Hill and the surrounding area. We reached a number of significant milestones this year. The Wellington Building re-opened after a six year rehabilitation, the rehabilitation of Centre Block was successfully launched, and the Prime Minister announced that 100 Wellington will become a space for the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.  Our other projects in the Precinct also continued to be delivered on-time and on-budget.

As the LTVP continues to advance, we are working closely with our Parliamentary Partners, the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament, and the Parliamentary Protective Service to enhance our engagement and outreach activities to highlight the rehabilitation work. The Wellington Building has been a stop on the Doors Open Ottawa for the last two years, Rick Mercer visited the West Block and did a feature on the new glass roof that is being installed, and as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, a virtual reality booth was installed at 90 Wellington to give visitors a 3D experience of the Centre Block.  

Looking forward, there are a number of significant milestones that we will reach in the coming years. The West Block, visitor welcome centre—Phase 1, and the Government Conference Centre are all on track to be ready for the opening session of Parliament in fall 2018. This will allow construction to begin on the Centre Block. The past decade of work has been focused on reaching this milestone. Now that that it has been achieved we are looking to the work beyond Centre Block by adopting a campus view of the Precinct. This approach will bring a new perspective, with a focus on planning for the entire Precinct and placing a greater emphasis on areas like sustainability and integration with the surrounding urban fabric.

These new opportunities have also increased our stakeholders in the Precinct. As work moves forward on the campus approach, buildings occupied by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office will be impacted. The conversion of 100 Wellington to a space for Indigenous People will also see us working closely with national and local Indigenous organizations and the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. 

The Parliamentary Precinct is a place for all Canadians and should represent the best of what Canada has to offer. It is with pleasure that I invite you to review this report on the LTVP’s accomplishments and upcoming projects.

Sincerely,

Rob Wright
Assistant Deputy Minister
Parliamentary Precinct Branch

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