Parliamentary Precinct

While we work on improving our workspaces, public servants are also busy improving the houses of our country’s democracy. For over 150 years, the Parliament Buildings (the Centre, West, and East blocks) have housed the Government. We are busy completing the largest heritage restoration project Canada has ever seen. Public Services and Procurement Canada has shown great skill in balancing restoration with modernization to ensure Canada’s most historic and culturally significant buildings meet the needs of a 21st century parliamentary democracy.

Parliament: West block under construction
Parliament: Worker at building restoration site

As work progresses, Public Services and Procurement Canada is also making these important spaces accessible. This will make it easier for Canadians to enjoy Parliament Hill, and engage in our parliamentary democracy. Once complete, the Parliamentary Precinct will feature:

  • barrier-free access throughout, including entrances, amenities, and seating in the new Senate and House of Commons Chambers;
  • accessible elevators and washrooms, counters, and drinking fountains; and
  • lower curbs and accessible ramps, handrails, hydraulic door openers, and Braille signage.
Transcript - Improved accessibility in the Parliamentary Precinct

(Aerial shot of the buildings on Parliament Hill with super-imposed International Symbol of Access.)

(Exterior shot of West Block building.)

(Aerial shot of the Government Conference Centre.)

Narrator: Public Services and Procurement Canada is removing barriers in the century-old buildings on and around Parliament Hill.

(Footage of the interior of the Government Conference Centre.)

(A sign for an accessible elevator.)

(Aerial shots of the West Block building during construction with scaffolding and construction equipment.)

We are restoring and modernizing the buildings and improving access for everyone.

(A person in a motorized wheelchair is going down accessible ramps and through an accessible entrance.)

The newly built Visitor Welcome Centre provides the first-ever barrier-free public entrance to Parliament.

(A visually impaired person is walking with his cane, guided by another person, inside the Visitor Welcome Centre.)

The interim Senate and the House of Commons Chambers include accessible seating on both the Chamber floors and public galleries.

(Shot of the newly renovated Senate Chamber.)

(A person in a motorized wheelchair moves into an accessible seating area in the gallery of the House of Commons.)

(A person in a motorized wheelchair is looking at the House of Commons Chamber from the gallery.)

(Shot of the Senate Chamber taken from the Chamber floor.)

(Shot of accessible seating with accessible features inside the Senate Chamber.)

(Close-up of a person lifting the arm of an accessible seat inside the House of Commons Chamber.)

(Shot of walls of the corridor outside the House of Commons Chamber.)

(Shot of a person in a motorized wheelchair exiting an elevator.)

(Shot of a visually impaired person reading Braille signage on a sign next to a door.)

(Close-up of the hand reading Braille signage.)

New and restored spaces will have a barrier-free path of travel on all floors.

(A visually impaired person moving his cane on elevated dots on the floor indicating stairs.)

(Close-up of a hand pushing an accessibility button to open a door.)

(A person in a motorized wheelchair waiting while a washroom door is opened by a mechanical door opener.)

(A person in a motorized wheelchair filling his bottle at an accessible water fountain.)

(A person using a motorized wheelchair in the gallery of the House of Commons Chamber.)

(Aerial shot of Parliament Hill with accessibility symbols super-imposed over the building.)

The changes to the buildings on the Hill are helping to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada.

(Public Services and Procurement Canada Wordmark)

(Government of Canada Wordmark)

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