Government of Canada to dedicate new Visitor Welcome Centre on Parliament Hill

Media Advisory

September 27, 2017

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Government of Canada, will host a ceremonial cornerstone laying by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at the Visitor Welcome Centre, the first building being built on Parliament Hill in over a century. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and other dignitaries will join the Governor General and the Minister for this event.

Date: September 28, 2017
Time: 11:15 am (EDT)
Location: Photo opportunity at the East entrance to the Visitor Welcome Centre
South Drive, North of Gate 3, between West Block and Centre Block
Parliament Hill
Ottawa, Ontario

Important information

The event will be held on an active construction site. Expect to descend and climb stairs. Long pants and sleeves to cover the shoulders are required for health and safety reasons. Personal protective equipment will not be required, as the visit will be limited to a single location.

The photo opportunity will be held rain or shine.

All media representatives who are not members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery must apply for temporary accreditation in advance. Those interested should contact Marc Fortier, Acting Manager of Multi-Media Events, by email at


Mary-Rose Brown
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada

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