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Senate opens door to Government Conference Centre
Senate opens door to Government Conference Centre
March 1, 2017

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.

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: