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Accessibility in the Precinct

Parliamentary Precinct Branch (PPB) is committed to making the Parliamentary Precinct more accessible, family-friendly, and open to the public, and intends to be a leader and model in the development of accessible spaces. As such, PPB is modernizing the buildings and grounds of the Precinct campus to ensure they not only meet, but exceed standards for accessibility, where possible, and provide an equitable experience to all visitors.

The rehabilitation of the West Block and Government Conference Centre, and construction of the new Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1 will significantly improve accessibility to and in the Parliamentary Precinct.

New accessibility measures include, for example, barrier-free path of travel in all publically accessible floors, barrier-free amenities, braille signage, simultaneous translation for English, French and other languages including Indigenous languages, and much more.

Working with heritage buildings poses unique challenges with regards to accessibility. Entry ways, corridors, washrooms, and elevators, as well as the spaces around the buildings themselves, were not constructed to accommodate mobility and accessibility needs such as wheelchairs, for example, nor did codes of the day dictate such standards as they do today. Remedial measures for accessibility for persons with disabilities in ways that preserve the character of heritage buildings is an opportunity requiring creativity and collaboration within the design team and with all stakeholders.

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Symbol for accessibilityLook for this symbol throughout the present document to learn more about new accessibility features of the rehabilitated Parliament buildings and throughout the Precinct campus.

Up next

Many accessibility projects are still underway to continue rendering the Parliamentary Precinct more accessible for all. The following projects are expected to be completed in 2018 to 2019:

  • south drive accessibility improvements—A study is currently underway to help improve access to Parliament Hill. Work will be completed to improve and adjust the slope of access ramps, repair, adjust and replace existing curbs and associated sidewalks, and replace the two sets of temporary wooden stairs installed on pedestrian pathways, and will be completed in 2019
  • a Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) Update is currently underway to inspire and generate ideas for the next 25 years and develop a consensus on planning the Precinct as a single campus that will address accessibility as a key component
  • an accessibility review / action plan for the Precinct buildings and grounds will be initiated in 2018 and will develop an accessibility audit matrix/checklist, assess buildings and identify immediate and long term actions. Planning for the rehabilitation of Centre Block, East Block and other future projects will ensure the projects meet or exceed accessibility standards

Greening the way we work

Sustainability in the Precinct

Greening our operations is a key aspect of the Government's sustainability agenda and of PSPC's priorities. The Parliamentary Precinct is committed to being a leader in this aspect and becoming a model for sustainability within the Government of Canada.

Through the LTVP, PPB continues to make strides toward reducing the environmental footprint of the Parliamentary Precinct. Major projects target a 25% reduction in energy consumption over and above the National Energy Code, and all heritage rehabilitation projects in the Precinct aim to achieve maximum sustainability potential in terms of energy and water efficiency, as well as in waste diversion.

2017 to 2018 progress

In 2017 to 2018, PPB contributed to the advancement of the federal sustainability agenda in several ways:

  • Launched a campus sustainability strategy which will outline long-term goals for sustainability in the Precinct
  • Canada 150 iconSalvaged copper and stone from the rehabilitation of buildings, and reused it in many creative ways as part of Canada 150 celebrations, such as:
    • Awards of Excellence for federal departments
    • Trophies for the 2017 Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships
    • Royal Canadian Mint coins commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Peace Tower
    • An art installation in the Canadian Embassy chancery in Paris, France, commissioned by Global Affairs Canada
    • Special pins celebrating the Rideau Canal, commissioned by Parks Canada
  • Repurposed Canada 150 building wraps to make unique wallets and bags, in partnership with a local non-profit organization
  • Assessed and analyzed the Precinct's trends in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy consumption and energy efficiency. This revealed a 40% reduction in GHG emissions from a 2005 to 06 baseline of PPB's current portfolio of assets

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Symbol for sustainabilityLook for this symbol throughout the present document to learn more about new accessibility features of the rehabilitated Parliament buildings and throughout the Precinct campus.

Up next

In the coming years, PPB will continue to green the seat of government through the LTVP and provide leadership in sustainability. In 2018 to 2019, PPB will be:

  • increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the Precinct for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles
  • continuing to work towards a reduction of GHG emissions of 80% from 2005 to 06 levels by 2030
  • continuing to work towards purchasing electricity from 100% clean energy sources by 2025

Changing the way we work

Innovation and youth

The LTVP offers unique opportunities for young Canadians to contribute to their Canada through historic projects, invaluable experience and building industry capacity.

In restoring and modernizing the Parliamentary Precinct, PPB has established partnerships with Canadian universities and colleges, including the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Carleton, Manitoba, and the Université de Montréal. These partnerships provide PPB with unique research capacity and expertise, enabling the Branch to strengthen Canada's parliamentary heritage buildings and meet the requirements of modern building codes.

PPB is now using Building Information Modeling to improve the design, construction and operations of the Parliament Buildings, and new technology, such as 3D printing and robotic stone cutting, to restore them.

These partnerships are also providing multiple benefits for Canadian industry, universities, and students. They create opportunities for hundreds of students to hone their skills and develop the practical work experience they need to succeed

Did you know

The Centre Block has worked with Carleton University's Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) to create a Building Information Model (BIM). This means the entire building has been created using state-of-the-art technologies using laser scanning and photo-grammetry. BIM is a comprehensive information digital modeling tool that integrates existing emerging information to support the coordinated exchange of information from project inception through to construction, commissioning and operation. The BIM will be used extensively to support the Centre Block's design process.

Through CIMS, dozens of students have been able to foster learning and innovation allowing them the opportunity to bring their creativity and fresh ideas to this great project.

Youth in Parliamentary Precinct Branch

  • PPB makes extensive use of student programs; over the last year, the branch has directly hired approximately 70 students in various areas of work, 37% more than the previous year
  • In the last 5 years, PPB hired 21 students into permanent positions in the public service to help support the rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings
  • Students in PPB are engaged and given opportunities to make a difference in the branch. They are encouraged to take part in special initiatives and contribute innovative ideas beyond their normal workload
  • Over and above students, PPB employs over 100 indeterminate young professionals (aged 34 and under) to support the delivery of the LTVP – this corresponds to approximately 33% of PPB's employees

Engaging young Canadians

Canada 150 iconIn May 2017, as part of Canada 150, Apathy is Boring – a non-partisan, charitable organization that supports youth in being active and contributing citizens in Canada's democracy – engaged youth through an illumination project. PPB supported this initiative by allowing multi-media to be projected on the Canada Four Corners building on Sparks Street. The large white construction tarps on the building provided an excellent screen for this purpose. The project highlighted millennials' diverse contributions and aimed to mobilize their potential in building a resilient Canada.

Supporting a diverse workforce and providing opportunities for Canadians

On any given day, there are more than 1,500 Canadians working in the Parliamentary Precinct to make the LTVP a reality. It is estimated that over 55,000 jobs will be generated throughout the course of the LTVP.

As such, the precinct is uniquely positioned to provide Canadian businesses and individuals with the opportunity to play a role in the modernization and preservation of a key piece of our collective history, all while supporting diversity in both the industry and its public service workforce.

In fact, in 2017, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton conducted a Gender Based Analysis+ impact assessment of the LTVP and concluded that PPB is indeed leveraging the restoration work in the Parliamentary Precinct to encourage widespread inclusion of Canadians, specifically increasing the participation of women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples.

PPB's public service workforce prides itself in creating a diverse workplace inclusive of all, including women and Indigenous Peoples. In 2017, 40.3% of PPB's indeterminate employees were women and 4.4% were Indigenous.

Did you know

As part of the LTVP, PPB ran a masonry apprenticeship program that had over 60 participants, 30% of which were women. This is the highest ever recorded total for a program of this nature in North America.

Going beyond the public service, most jobs involved in the LTVP are generated through contracts with small, medium and large businesses from across Canada, representing a broad cross section of the economy from manufacturing, architecture and engineering to construction and skilled trades.

PPB has also implemented Indigenous provisions in the procurement of services for all its major projects. In this past fiscal year, a little over 2% of the expenditures on the major projects were tendered to and through Indigenous firms. PPB continues to look at ways to increase the number of meaningful economic opportunities for Indigenous business, employment, and capacity building. One important target established for future LTVP major projects is that a minimum of 5% of subcontracted work be tendered to and through Indigenous firms.

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Symbol for Opportunities for Canadians Look for this symbol throughout the present document to learn more about how the LTVP provides opportunities for Canadians.

A Nunavut artist in residence

In November 2017, it was announced that Canada will commission a new sculpture by a Nunavut artist for the Centre Block. The sculpture will be unveiled in 2019, to coincide with the Nunavut territory's 20th anniversary, and displayed in the West Block first, and will be moved to the House of Commons foyer in Centre Block following the building's rehabilitation.

Changing the way we deliver services

Engaging with Canadians

The LTVP is a historic program in the symbolic heart of Canada. The Parliamentary Precinct continues to be the place where Canadians gather for national celebrations and expressions of democracy, and Canadians want to see themselves reflected in it. As such, PPB is committed to engaging with Canadians to enrich the visitor experience and create an even more beautiful, welcoming, accessible, and meaningful environment through the delivery of the LTVP.

In keeping with government priorities, PPB has been enhancing communication activities to engage with Canadians and visitors, whether through targeted partnerships with like-minded stakeholders, including the City of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Ottawa Tourism, or through the development of a proactive outreach plan that will share further progress and highlights of the LTVP.

Did you know

A multimedia presentation has been developed that provides an overview of the Parliamentary Precinct and its projects. This presentation, shared with key stakeholder groups and used for social media, includes a fly-over of the Precinct and 3D images of the unique and special spaces on and around Parliament Hill and showcases the context, scope, partners, and spaces involved in the historic LTVP project.

Partnerships

To support outreach efforts, PPB has been building strategic relationships with key organizations, both in Canada and abroad, that share similar challenges, objectives, interests, and priorities. Through these relationships, PPB aims to promote innovation, encourage active collaboration, and facilitate adoption of lessons learned.

PPB's efforts to date, including multiple consultations with the Architect of the Capitol in Washington D.C., have provided invaluable opportunities to learn from a community of peers and experts, gain insight, and showcase the experience and accomplishments delivered through the LTVP.

PPB has also established a partnership with the Université de Montréal to leverage unique knowledge and understanding of architectural design competition processes and the use of innovative and forward-looking practices to ensure design excellence.

100 Wellington: A space for Indigenous Peoples

On June 21, 2017—National Indigenous People's Day – the Prime Minister announced that the building at 100 Wellington, the former U.S. Embassy located across the street from Parliament Hill, would be transformed into a space for Indigenous Peoples. The 100 Wellington project represents a unique and historic opportunity to promote reconciliation and a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples, all while enhancing Indigenous participation in the Parliamentary Precinct.

PPB is committed to working with our Indigenous partners, and has already begun actively working with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, along with the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs to define and develop the 100 Wellington Project.

100 Wellington Factsheet

  • Constructed 1931 to 1932
  • Former US Embassy 1932 to 1997
  • Transferred to PSPC in 1997
  • Vacant since 1998
  • Federal Heritage Designation: Classified
  • Architect: Cass Gilbert
  • Design: Beaux-Arts Classical Style

Canada 150: Celebrating the sesquicentennial in the Precinct

2017 was a very important year for Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation. PPB was fully committed to enabling celebrations for Canadians visiting the Parliamentary Precinct and played a key leadership role in making this year truly unforgettable.

Above and beyond activities that took place in the first half of 2017, PPB helped bring to life many more activities in the Parliamentary Precinct by:

  • creating a lasting legacy for Canada 150
  • collaborating with partners to enable celebrations on Parliament Hill
  • showcasing the work being done through the LTVP to preserve the Precinct's heritage for generations to come

In addition, PPB had the lead on coordinating PSPC's Canada 150 contributions. Throughout 2017, PSPC led the implementation of 34 projects and activities from coast to coast.

Delivering a Canada 150 Legacy

Centennial Flame

PPB modified the Centennial Flame to include a 13th side representing Nunavut and unveiled it with the participation of Inuit stakeholders as well as Algonquin communities. The unveiling ceremony also marked the first public meeting between the Prime Minister of Canada and the Premier of Nunavut.

Canada 150 stained glass window

A new stained glass window celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of the Parliament of Canada will be installed in the Centre Block during its rehabilitation. This design was unveiled in November 2017!

Enabling Canada 150 Celebrations in the Precinct

La Machine

For 3 days in July 2017, 2 mechanical giants took over Wellington Street and surrounding areas. PPB supported the Ottawa 2017 Bureau in providing this amazing spectacle and unforgettable experience to Canadians and visitors.

The World Remembers

In the fall of 2017, the Government Conference Centre (GCC), across from Ottawa's National War Memorial, became the site of a remembrance, education and reconciliation initiative titled "The World Remembers". For 41 days, the names of 661,800 people deceased during the First World War were projected on the facade of the GCC.

Celebrations on the Hill

2017 saw impressive and unique events take place on Parliament Hill. Canada Day was bigger than ever with a 360 degree pyrotechnic and musical fireworks display, as well as lighting displays projected on the Parliament buildings! On December 31, the end of the year was also celebrated with pyrotechnics and laser shows at the stroke of midnight.

Canada's Table

For one night, Wellington Street played host to 1,000 people who enjoyed an outdoor gourmet dinner experience with the beautiful Parliament buildings as a backdrop. PPB was a key player in supporting the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and making this event a possibility.

Showcasing our work on the Long Term Vision and Plan

Innovation Fair

PPB hosted 8 interactive kiosks on Sparks Street, as part of the Blueprint 2020 Innovation fair, showcasing how the LTVP is using innovations to renovate and modernize our Parliament buildings.

Long Term Vision and Plan Multimedia Exhibit and Virtual Reality Experience

Through this initiative, over 30,000 people had the opportunity to learn about the renovations and modernization of our Parliamentary Precinct and explore the many buildings through a Virtual Reality (VR) Experience.

Sparks Street Window Displays

PPB transformed eight retail windows along Sparks Street with colourful and informative displays highlighting PSPC's historic role and mandate for over 150 years. Each window featured a different theme, the majority of which related to the LTVP. In addition, decorative Canada 150-inspired hoarding showcasing the statues and monuments of Parliament Hill was also added to the Canada Four Corners building, at the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

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