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Government of Canada announces next step in the protection of Canada’s treasured artifacts

Press Release

New purpose-built Parks Canada facility will ensure the preservation and security of artifact collection

February 7, 2018                          Ottawa, Ontario                       Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada is responsible for protecting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage and showcasing significant examples of our heritage nationally.

Today, the Government of Canada announced that a joint-architectural venture between Moriyama and Teshima Architects (Ottawa, Toronto) and NFOE Architects (Montreal) has been successful in their bid to design the new facility that will be home to Parks Canada’s national collection of artifacts in Gatineau, Quebec.

Parks Canada’s extensive artifact collection is presently located in six different facilities. To ensure the long-term care and management of the collection, the decision was made in 2012 that a single, new Parks Canada owned, purpose-built facility was the most viable and cost effective solution to provide appropriate environmental conditions and modern security for the collection. A national team of professional collections, curatorial and conservation specialists will manage the collection in direct support of Parks Canada’s mandate.

Based on preliminary estimates, construction should commence in 2019 and be completed by 2020. The new facility will be designed and constructed to comply with the Canada Green Building Council, LEED-NC Gold standard, or better.

Parks Canada will continue to exhibit the objects under its care at Parks Canada’s places in every province and territory. Parks Canada will also ensure that Indigenous and community groups, academic and cultural institutions, and other interested parties, will continue to have access to the collection in a timely manner, whether for research, ceremonial, or educational purposes. Coupled with Parks Canada’s active loans program, the same level of access to the collection as is currently available will be maintained.

Visit Parks Canada’s web site to learn more about this project and about Canada’s treasured artifacts.

Quotes

“The citizens of Gatineau are proud that this new facility will protect the environment as it preserves our historical artifacts. We are seeking every opportunity to adopt green technologies throughout government, while creating a facility that will safeguard Canada’s cherished artifacts for decades to come.”

Steven MacKinnon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Gatineau

Quick Facts

  • This contract was awarded through an open, fair and transparent procurement process to ensure Canadians obtain value for money.
  • The joint venture of Moriyama and Teshima Architects (Ottawa, Toronto) and NFOE Architects (Montreal) was retained through the established Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) procurement process for the design of the new facility.
  • Approximately 60 per cent of the collection is at risk from inappropriate environmental storage conditions and security measures.
  • Of the 31 million in the artifact collection, the new facility will house 25 million archaeological and historical artifacts. Artifact displayed at Parks Canada’s places and on loan to various institutions will remain in place.
  • Throughout this process, Parks Canada is working and consulting with its partners and all interested parties, including Indigenous groups, and remains open to discussion and proposals regarding access, care, and handling of this important collection.
  • Parks Canada manages a network of 46 national parks, one national urban park, four national marine conservation areas and 171 national historic sites, including nine heritage canals.

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Contacts

Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
613-462-5473
[email protected]

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
[email protected]

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