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:
This article is part of a series about the Senate of Canada’s move to the Government Conference Centre. In 2018, the Senate will relocate to the conference centre, a former train station built in 1912 while Parliament’s Centre Block – the Senate’s permanent home – is rehabilitated.
With preparations to convert the historic train station into the temporary Senate on budget, 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 10 years.