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Senate opens door to Government Conference Centre
Senate opens door to Government Conference Centre
March 1, 2017
HOW & WHY

This article is part of a series about the Senate of Canada’s move to the Government Conference Centre. In 2018, the Senate will begin to move in to the conference centre, a former train station built in 1912, while Parliament’s Centre Block — the Senate’s permanent home — is rehabilitated. The Senate will begin operating from the conference centre in early 2019. 

The savings to taxpayers will be approximately $200 million compared to the original proposal to find an alternative location on Parliament Hill; the Senate is expected to occupy its temporary location for at least 10 years.


An under-used Government of Canada conference centre in downtown Ottawa has been a hive of activity since 2014 as construction workers ready it to become the temporary home of the Senate of Canada. In the fall of 2018, the Senate will move into a refurbished Government Conference Centre while a sweeping rehabilitation of Parliament’s Centre Block gets underway.

Here are some major construction milestones: