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.
The original plan was to have parliament move to the West Block in time for the fall session, but the timeline has been adjusted to have MPs move in time for the 2018-19 winter session, scheduled to begin on January 28, 2019. Construction of the Centre Block however, began in the fall of 2018 as scheduled. The Senate Chamber has been moved to the Government Conference Centre.
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. The work is expected to take until at least 2027, but could be extended as far as 2033.