Three new projects approved to accommodate extra broadcast, security, and infrastructure improvement asks related to the Government Conference Centre total almost $42-million.
Public Services and Procurement Canada will make a final call on whether the Centre Block building will be cleared out for construction this summer at the end of the session. The Hall of Honour, pictured, marks the divide between the House and Senate sides of the building. House of Commons occupants will move into the West Block building, while Senate occupants will move into the Government Conference Centre for at least a decade during work on Centre Block. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
It’s still unclear if Centre Block occupants will move into the West Block and the Government Conference Centre this summer, but it’s clear the costs are increasing.
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Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.
The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.