Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

April 25, 2008 10:15 ET

Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building Officially Opens

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, today officially opened the Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The $53.8 million dollar project is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings ever constructed by the Government of Canada, and is a showcase for many innovative environmental technologies.

"The Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building was designed as a multi-department, environmentally friendly building that will lead the way in the greening of government operations for many years to come," said Minister Fortier.

"As Cabinet Minister responsible for P.E.I., I am incredibly proud to see the efforts of Atlantic Canadians setting a new standard for excellence in the area of sustainable development," said Minister MacKay.

"I am impressed with the construction of this new facility. Estimates for energy use indicate this building will be approximately 60 percent more energy efficient than the average Canadian office building," Minister MacKay added. "The solar array alone is equivalent to removing 80 cars from the road per year."

"This new building supports our commitment to making sure the needs of our federal government employees in Charlottetown are well met," said the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "After all, what brings this building to life is the people who work here. They are the face of the Government of Canada, and they are making a great contribution to the economy and sense of community in the heart of Charlottetown."

Features of the new building include a reflective roof to reduce building heat absorption, an effective use of light and shade to moderate indoor temperatures, and the reuse of recycled rainwater to reduce water usage. Green power for the building is purchased from provincial wind turbines, which results in lower emissions and a smaller environmental footprint.

The four-story building has a gross floor area of 17,500 square meters and has a capacity for 500 employees. Tenants of the building include Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Service Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, as well as 11 other federal departments.

The new building is named after Ella Jean Canfield, the first female member of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly and first woman to sit in the provincial cabinet. A plaque honouring Mrs. Canfield's legacy was unveiled during the opening ceremony.

The Jean Canfield building was designed by Bergmark Guimond Hammerlund Jones Architects in joint venture with HOK and construction was carried out by Herve Pomerleau Inc. Design and site preparation was guided by the three Government of Canada initiatives of sustainable development, connectivity and supportive work environments.

A backgrounder concerning the Jean Canfield building can be found:

A biography of Jean Canfield can be found:

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister MacKay
    Jay Paxton
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Fortier
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Darcy Truen
    Communications Advisor