Fed approves $42M temporary House of Commons

By Callam Rodya

The federal government has approved a $42M glass dome on Parliament Hill that will temporarily house the House of Commons while its current home undergoes a massive renovation, a project expected to take up to seven years to complete.

The Public Works Department, the federal office charged with the maintenance of federal buildings, won’t disclose specifics on the $42M budget for the temporary structure.

The dome is part of a large-scale rehabilitation of Parliament Hill, a process that is already years late with a budget that has grown to over 1,000 times its initial appropriation.

Government officials expect the new glass dome to be operational in 2018.