The Government of Canada is undertaking an extensive rehabilitation of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. The West Block and Centre Block will all undergo intensive interior and exterior upgrades throughout the buildings, and extensive work is also being done on the building grounds and support structures.
The West Block, the first scheduled for completion, has included repairs to the exterior masonry, replacement of electrical, mechanical, and life-safety systems, asbestos abatement, window and door replacement, structural reinforcement, and technology upgrades to modern standards.
In June 2021, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) released the final design, scope, and anticipated timelines for completing the project, saying that the current estimate is that it will cost between $4.5 billion and $5 billion.
Citing the ongoing risk of unforeseen complications, PSPC said that the “major construction” is anticipated to be completed within the 2030-31 year. Though, it could be another year before officials can move back in because “significant” testing will be needed to make sure the chambers and committee rooms are ready to be used, once the renovation is complete.
To date, the Treasury Board has approved an investment of $4.7 billion dollars for the delivery of the Long Term Vision and Plan for the Parliamentary Precinct, of which $3 billion was spent as of March 31, 2018. Included within the approved funding are major projects such as the rehabilitation of the West Block, Visitor Welcome Centre Phase 1, Government Conference Centre, Sir John A Macdonald Building, the Wellington Building, along with the initial spending authority for the rehabilitation of the Centre Block, the East Block, 100 Wellington, and funding for other projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.