Executive summary—The Long Term Vision and Plan Annual Report 2017 to 2018
About the Long Term Vision and Plan
The Long Term Vision and Plan (LTVP) is a comprehensive strategy to renew the Parliamentary Precinct by:
- modernizing accommodations, while preserving the heritage character of the buildings
- restoring and renewing the iconic heritage buildings, while ensuring that the investments are made responsibly, reducing their environmental impact, and providing good value and benefits for Canadians
- creating a safe and secure place to work, while ensuring that Parliament remains open and accessible for business and visitors
The LTVP sets out clear objectives and priorities, provides detailed planning and design guidance, and establishes a practical framework for implementation. Rolling five-year programs of work establish shorter-term implementation objectives in the context of the longer-term vision.
To ensure that work is coordinated and integrated, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) established the following programs for the delivery of projects:
- Major Capital Program (MCP)
- Recapitalization Program (RECAP)
- Building Components and Connectivity Program (BCC)
- Planning Program
- Security Infrastructure Program
As the LTVP program advances, broader benefits are also realized:
- progressive sustainability and energy-efficiency improvements in buildings throughout the Precinct
- significant direct and indirect job creation in key sectors, such as manufacturing, engineering, design, construction, and various trades as well as opportunities for small, medium, and large companies across the country
- more efficient and accessible Parliament through modernized technology and communications systems
- advancement of innovative research and technology in the restoration and management of complex heritage facilities through key academic and private-sector partnerships
Fiscal year highlights
Total LTVP expenditures from fiscal year 2017 to 2018 were $469.2 million. Major Capital Program expenditures accounted for 70% of total LTVP expenditures, reflecting the scale and concentration of major projects currently underway.
The fiscal year was a year of significant progress for all LTVP programs. The MCP, BCC, RECAP, and Security Infrastructure programs achieved 100% on time, on scope, and on budget overall for the fiscal year (the Planning Program is not included here as it does not contain any capital projects).
Key MCP achievements were:
- preparing for major construction work on the Centre Block to begin in 2019. This included the launch of investigations to examine building conditions and help refine costs, scope and schedule for the project, as well as the launch of various projects addressing work needed to be undertaken prior to initiating the rehabilitation of the building
- completing 93% of the West Block rehabilitation which included installing of the glass roof over the interim House of Commons Chamber, completing the construction for the Chamber, two committee rooms and many other key areas
- completing 90% of the Government Conference Centre rehabilitation which included the most complex and risky construction work (demolition, abatement, excavation and structural), exterior masonry repairs, and much more
- completing 93% of the Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1. This included the installation of the main staircase, escalators, elevators, brand new terrazzo flooring, and the mechanical and electrical systems, as well as a significant advancement to the installation of interior masonry and vaulted ceiling and
- began Phase 1 of the East Block 1867 Wing exterior rehabilitation project and implemented a screening program to address urgent issues prior to the full rehabilitation of the building
Key RECAP achievements included the completion of the Centre Block Parliament Hill Emergency Power project and the advancement of other projects underway:
- partially completed window repairs as well as mechanical and electrical upgrades to the Confederation Building
- completed studies that identified ways to improve the overall condition of the Victoria Building, assessed options for new lighting along the Wellington Wall, informed future safety requirements for the West Sector of the Parliament Hill Grounds
- began a study to identify ways to improve accessibility to the Precinct from Wellington Street to South
BCC significantly advanced work on its ongoing projects and fully completed five projects, including the:
- trunked Radio Communications Systems project
- wireless Computer Networking project
- core Network Infrastructure project
- master Control Distribution Upgrade project
- integrated Security System Upgrade project
Planning Program launched and completed a number of key initiatives such as the design and installation, in collaboration with three National Indigenous Organizations, of 3 large scale banners on the façade of 100 Wellington, a new space for Indigenous Peoples, supported a transportation study for future cycling lanes along Wellington Street in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the National Capital Commission, and more.
Security Infrastructure Program projects are very closely related to other rehabilitation projects. This year, expenditures for this program have increased due to the implementation of security infrastructure enhancement components of recently completed and current major projects that are within their final stage (e.g. West Block, Visitor Welcome Centre phase 1, Government Conference Centre).
|Program||Expenditures—fiscal year 2017 to 2018||Budget—fiscal year 2017 to 2018|
|Security Infrastructure Program||$91.36||$91.36|
|Building Components and Connectivity Program||$14.70||$17.59|
|Major Capital Program||$329.90||$342.78|
The year ahead
The fiscal year 2018 to 2019 will be a pivotal year for the LTVP. Throughout 2017 to 2018, the Parliamentary Precinct Branch (PPB) has been focused on preparing the West Block and Government Conference Centre for the historic transition of parliamentary operations out of the Centre Block and into these newly rehabilitated spaces. With major construction activities coming to completion, attention is being focused to ensure operational readiness of the buildings for a phased move to begin in the summer of 2018 and be completed in the winter of 2019. Such a move and transition is extremely complex and PPB has been and will continue to work in close collaboration with its Parliamentary Partners – the Senate of Canada, the House of Commons, the Library of Parliament, and the Parliamentary Protective Service – to ensure operational readiness of the buildings and overall functionality and to facilitate a smooth transition.
Achieving this significant milestone will be momentous as it will allow the Centre Block's full rehabilitation to finally begin. The rehabilitation of the Centre Block – Canada's symbolic heart – has been a core objective of the LTVP since its conception. As PPB prepares to begin substantive work on this project, the LTVP is being concurrently updated to shift focus in the Precinct from a building-by-building approach to a campus approach. While the building-by-building approach was appropriate to prepare sufficient interim accommodation to vacate the Centre Block, this new campus approach will now enable better support to the operations of Parliament, as well as the Prime Minister's and Privy Council Offices, and ensure that all buildings in the Precinct are preserved and maintained for generations to come.
Moving forward, PPB will continue to deliver results for Canadians through the LTVP by targeting significant improvements to sustainability in the Precinct and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, improving accessibility to and in the Parliamentary Precinct so that all visitors may enjoy an equitable experience, enabling opportunities for Canadian youth to innovate, and contributing to Indigenous reconciliation efforts through a focus on Indigenous procurement and projects such as the transformation of 100 Wellington into a space for Indigenous Peoples.
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