Start of construction of the new federal building in Shawinigan

The federal building Shawinigan will be replaced by a new, more modern and sustainable building

SHAWINIGAN, QC, June 3, 2022 /CNW/ – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) manages one of the largest and most diverse real estate portfolios in the country.

Today, on behalf of the Honorable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Honorable François-Philip ChampagneMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, inaugurated construction work on the new federal building in Shawinigan.

To carry out this major project, PSPC awarded a Contract during about $12 million (taxes included) to the architectural firm Gagnon, LetellierCyr, Ricard, Mathieu and associates, architects, SENC, Coarchitecture Inc., in consortium, for architectural and engineering services.

PSPC also awarded a Contract worth about $136.8 million (taxes included) to Pomerleau Inc. for the construction of the new building, the deconstruction of the existing building and the construction of the parking lot. This investment will create local jobs during construction.

Aiming for LEED Gold and BOMA BEST Gold certifications, the new 4-storey building will be carbon neutral and will feature modern building technology. It will offer spaces that meet future needs and requirements in terms of technology and sustainable development, while reducing the number of workspaces, since the building will be designed as a activity-based workplace to optimize office space.

The construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2024. After that, the existing building will be deconstructed and a parking lot will be built.

This last phase of the project will ensure the long-term presence of the National Verification and Collections Center of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the offices of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in Shawinigan.

As advertised in February 2019the new building will replace the existing one, inaugurated in 1979, and will offer employees a modern workplace that fully meets the new government requirements for sustainable development.


“Today, we celebrate the important milestone of the start of construction of this state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly federal building that will provide a modern and productive work environment for the employees who will be housed there. The construction will also create 150 jobs, which will support the region’s economy. »

The Honorable Filomena Tassi
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“The Federal Building of Shawinigan is the socio-economic heart of our region. For more than 40 years, the government of Canada has been an employer of choice for residents of the Mauricie region. This new federal building will secure and create thousands of jobs for decades to come, which will directly contribute to the economic growth of our region. We will continue to be there for the Mauricie region and its workers. »

The Honorable François-Philip Champagne
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“The official start of this construction is an important step for the Mauricie region, for Quebec and for the Canada Revenue Agency, which is modernizing and will be able to continue to serve taxpayers under the best conditions. This new building will not only be a great example of a renewed work experience for our employees, but also a concrete commitment to fight against climate change by being carbon neutral. »

The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier
Minister of National Revenue

Fast facts

  • The future 4-storey building owned by PSPC will provide 18,054 square meters of total usable space, which is similar to the 18,345 square meters of usable space that the existing building provides.
  • It will house approximately 2,100 employees: 1,600 from CRA, 500 from ESDC and some from Shared Services Canada. The existing building accommodates 1,600 CRA employees and 200 of the 500 ESDC employees who will move into the new building.
  • The 2 contracts were awarded through competitive, open and transparent procurement processes.
  • Construction management is a method of project delivery characterized by collaboration between PSPC, the architectural and engineering consultant and the contractor managing the construction, who work as a team. This way of working increases efficiency and allows construction to start earlier, without having to wait for the end of the design phase.
  • The building will be energy efficient; the main construction materials will be chosen from among those with the lowest carbon footprint. The building was also designed to withstand the effects of climate change.

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SOURCE Public Services and Procurement Canada

For further information: Olivier Pilon, Office of the Honorable Filomena Tassi, 613-323-6621, [email protected]; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501, [email protected]

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