Proposed addition to the Château Laurier


The Hotel Fairmont Château Laurier, located adjacent to Parliament Hill, is proposing to build an addition to the rear section of the building, facing Major’s Hill Park. The proposed designs for this addition have been negatively received by the general public thus far.

The Fairmont Château Laurier is on private lands that are not subject to the National Capital Act.

Suggested Response

If pressed on what elements of the proposed project are within the National Capital Commission’s authority:


The proposed addition was presented by the proponent for pre-consultation to the City of Ottawa in March 2016.

In 2017, in support of the heritage permit application, a project-specific working group of recognized national experts in heritage conservation was established to provide advice and feedback that led to subsequent design iteration by the proponent. City of Ottawa and NCC staff participated in three meetings of the working group that year.

In July 2019, the Ottawa City Council denied the request to revoke the proponent’s heritage permit and the NCC’s Board of Directors released a statement reiterating its commitment to working with the proponent on elements within its authority.

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