Following consultations with the Senate of Canada and House of Commons administrations, and the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS), PSPC has announced, in collaboration with the Centre Block construction manager, PCL/ED, that the Centre Block site reopened as of Tuesday, February 22, and will resume construction activities. This will include the resumption of blasting activities onsite and an increase in construction vehicles throughout the downtown core.
PSPC shut down the Centre Block construction site in Ottawa Jan. 28 due to the convoy of truckers protesting vaccine mandates and other public health measures in the city’s core.
PSPC continues to work in close collaboration with the Parliamentary Protective Service, the House of Commons, the Senate of Canada and the Library of Parliament, and will adjust our activities, as needed.
“The safety and security of workers on Parliament Hill remains a top priority for Public Services and Procurement Canada,” stated a PSPC spokesperson. “Out of an abundance of caution, PSPC and the Parliamentary Protective Service have made the decision to close the Centre Block construction site.”
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