Government of Canada awards design contract for modernization of Daniel J. MacDonald Building

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Renovations will ensure a renewed, enhanced and greener workplace for public servants

February 22, 2018 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Public Services and Procurement Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to investing in its buildings to ensure the effective delivery of programs and services to Canadians while increasing environmental efficiency and sustainability.

Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced the awarding of a $3.3‑million contract to design the renewal project for the Daniel J. MacDonald Building in downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. The contract was awarded to NORR Architects & Engineers Limited of Toronto, Ontario, and will include designing mechanical upgrades to the national headquarters for Veterans Affairs Canada.

The design work for the building renewal will begin immediately, with construction expected to start in January 2020 and be completed by fall 2023.


“The renewal of the Daniel J. MacDonald Building represents a major re-investment by the Government of Canada in the province of Prince Edward Island. The project will also benefit the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of the building through enhanced electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“It is important that staff have a safe place to work and that our buildings run as efficiently as possible. The modernization of the Veterans Affairs Canada head office will ensure that staff have a place where they can work to their full abilities to provide the vital programs and services that veterans and their families need.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

“This project demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to maintain the national headquarters for Veterans Affairs Canada here in Charlottetown, and also ensures that Veterans Affairs Canada staff are able to provide important services and programs to veterans and their families, in a safe and healthy facility.”

Sean Casey
Member of Parliament for Charlottetown

Quick Facts

  • The Daniel J. MacDonald Building was constructed in 1984 to house the national headquarters of Veterans Affairs Canada.

  • The modernization project will provide economic and job opportunities across many business sectors in the region.

  • Planning and design work for the renewal commences immediately. Construction is expected to start in January 2020 and will take approximately three years.

  • Building systems will be installed to reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions to meet federal objectives by 2030. The design will be targeting an environmental certification of five Green Globes®, which is the highest level under the Green Globes® certification program for environmental sustainability.


Ashley Michnowski
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Media Relations
Public Services and Procurement Canada

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