National War Memorial: Restoration and maintenance

The National War Memorial honours all Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served Canada in war in the cause of peace and freedom, past, present and future. Learn more about how Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) works to restore and maintain this important monument.

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Project overview


Ottawa, Ontario
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Type of project


Lead department

Public Services and Procurement Canada

Construction firm

Atwill-Morin Group Inc.

Project status

Completed in November 2016

Project description

In 2016, we awarded a contract to Atwill-Morin Group Inc. of Montréal, Quebec. The project was to restore and repair the National War Memorial and protect the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

As the memorial is a national ceremonial and sacred burial site, the repair project was carried out with great care and sensitivity.

The contractor began work in the beginning of April 2016, and the restoration was completed on November 4, 2016.

The work included:

Photo gallery

View the photo gallery to see how we have restored the monument. (Click the image to enlarge the photo)

  • A view of a construction site with a monument covered in scaffolding in the background and a backhoe moving broken concrete in the foreground.
  • A woman in a hard hat and personal protective equipment works on a bronze statue.
  • A bronze statue of a soldier. The statue is green with corrosion.
  • A close-up photo of a bronze figure after it was cleaned.
  • Workers stand on scaffolding to clean bronze statues.
  • Construction vehicles demolishing and removing concrete.
  • A construction site where workers are preparing to pour concrete.
  • Fresh concrete at a construction site.
  • A construction site with concrete pavers wrapped in plastic.
  • A view of a construction site.
  • Three construction workers using a tool to move paving stones.
  • A construction site.
  • Six construction workers work on the concrete steps of the National War Memorial.
  • Construction workers placing mosaic paving stones.
  • A construction site with stairs covered in a black waterproof covering.
  • Construction workers placing paving stones.
  • Construction workers laying paving stones.
  • The National War Memorial south stairs.
  • The National War Memorial.

Project background

In 2013, a contract was awarded to Prestige Design & Construction Ltd. to improve the structural integrity of the concrete slab that supports the memorial. The work was completed in July 2014.

History of the National War Memorial

During the restoration of the National War Memorial, Canadian Heritage installed an exhibit on the construction panels surrounding the memorial.

The is called National War Memorial: Symbol of Remembrance. It tells the story of the monument’s design and construction and explores its role as a place of remembrance for Canadians.

Maintaining the National War Memorial

We are the custodian of the National War Memorial and are committed to ensuring that it is preserved, protected and well maintained.

Each year, we are responsible for:

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