Plans unveiled to revamp Supreme Court of Canada building

July 22, 2017 – The government of Canada has unveiled plans to refurbish the Supreme Court of Canada Building, which was built in 1940.

The building houses the Supreme Court of Canada, its judges and staff, as well as two courtrooms and chambers for the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

The Supreme Court of Canada Building, which was designed by a renowned Montréal architect Ernest Cormier, will be vacated while it is restored. Work is expected to begin in 2023 and is planned to be completed in 2028.

Meanwhile, occupants will use the West Memorial Building during the rehabilitation work. The West Memorial Building will also undergo renovations from 2019 to 2023 to prepare it for use.

The entire project is estimated to cost nearly CAD1bn ($791.8m).


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Steven MacKinnon said: “Through an investment in our heritage assets, Public Services and Procurement Canada is ensuring that Canada’s highest court and the federal courts remain functional for generations to come.

“At the same time, by undertaking this important infrastructure project, the government is creating jobs for hard-working middle-class Canadians.”

Public Services and Procurement Canada, which is responsible for the government’s internal servicing and administration, said that a request for proposal to select a planning and design firm will be launched in summer 2017. A tender has already been invited for preliminary work for the West Memorial Building.



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