Upcoming projects

List of upcoming projects

Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge

The Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge will recognize Canada’s international role as a place of refuge for people fleeing injustice and persecution and honour the millions who suffered under communist regimes.

Garden of the Provinces and Territories, Ottawa.
Garden of the Provinces and Territories, Ottawa.

Consulting Canadians

From February 2 – 16, 2016 the Government of Canada posted a survey, seeking input from Canadians on how we can make this new national memorial resonate with us all.

Over 8,500 Canadians provided interesting ideas for this monument. Respondents told us they would like to see a human-scaled monument that reflects core Canadian values. Feedback received from the public consultations and the round table, held on April 22, will be provided to the design teams competing for the project so they can take these ideas into account when developing their submissions. Survey results are now compiled and available on-line.

Project milestones are currently being finalized and a national design competition will be launched soon. Canadians will be able to comment on the short list of designs, which will be posted here during the final phase of the competition.

Together, we will build a national memorial that we can be proud of, a memorial that will be a place of reflection, inspiration and learning for all Canadians.

Canadian Building Trades Monument

The Canadian Building Trades Monument will be a place to celebrate the great achievements of this nation’s countless skilled building tradespeople—stonemasons, welders, carpenters, ironworkers and many other construction workers, just as it will be an inspiring place for workers and their families to gather and reflect, and to commemorate the losses they have endured.

The monument is being developed by Canada’s Building Trades Unions in partnership with their fair employers and in collaboration with the Department of Canadian Heritage and the National Capital Commission.

Monument Site

The Canadian Building Trades Monument will be installed in time for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation celebrations in 2017 in Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa. This location was chosen due to its proximity to historic sites such as the Parliament Buildings, and the Rideau Canal where tradespeople laboured under harsh conditions to build the foundational infrastructure of this country.

View of the Canadian Building Trades Monument site
Aerial photo of the Canadian Building Trades Monument site within Major’s Hill Park

Design Competition

Of the 40 submissions that were received in response to a national request for qualifications, a jury of experts selected the successful design from four shortlisted teams. The Halifax-based design team of sculptor John Greer and architect Brian MacKay-Lyons was selected to design, fabricate and install the Canadian Building Trades Monument.

Rendering of the winning design for the future Canadian Building Trades Monument, depicting the pair of oversized plumb bobs, one of the oldest building tools know to humanity
Rendering of the winning design for the future Canadian Building Trades Monument, depicting the pair of oversized plumb bobs, one of the oldest building tools known to humanity

The spacious black granite plaza invites visitors to enter and empathize with the sacrifices made by tradespeople. The craftsmanship suggests a commitment to excellence, and the larger-than-life plumb bobs stand tall, symbolizing the essential strength of the building trades and the pride of those who practice them. The limited palette of simple materials—Cambrian granite and stainless steel—was selected to create a sense of unity and gravity. Rather than portraying a particular trade or time, the design represents all tradesmen and tradeswomen of the past, present and future.

For more information about this project, please visit: www.canadianbuildingtradesmonument.ca

National Holocaust Monument

Canada’s National Holocaust Monument will bring Canadians of all faiths together to remember the millions of innocent men, women, and children counted among Holocaust victims. The Monument will help ensure the memory of the Holocaust is never lost. The hope is that by teaching current and future generations of Canadians the roots and causes of this atrocity, future acts of genocide will be prevented.

The National Holocaust Monument Act, which received Royal Assent on March 25, 2011, is the result of the initiative of Member of Parliament Tim Uppal, who introduced a Private Member’s Bill during the 41st session of Parliament.

The National Holocaust Monument Development Council, whose creation was required by the National Holocaust Monument Act, is primarily responsible for spearheading the fundraising campaign to cover costs related to the planning, construction, and maintenance of the National Holocaust Monument.

Monument Site

The National Holocaust Monument – to be located at the corner of Wellington and Booth streets in Ottawa – will be one of several commemorative sites leading to Confederation Boulevard, the ceremonial route linking major tourist attractions and historical landmarks in the national capital. The Monument will face the Canadian War Museum and command outstanding views of the Parliament buildings.

Aerial photo of the National Holocaust Monument site
Aerial photo from another angle of the National Holocaust Monument site
Aerial photo of the National Capital Region and of the National Holocaust Monument site
View of the National Holocaust Monument site from Booth Street

Design Competition

A Call to Design Teams, launched in May 2013, invited Canadian-led teams of professional artists, architects and landscape architects to submit their credentials and examples of prior work as part of a national design competition. International candidates were deemed eligible as team members.

An internationally renowned jury was assembled for this competition. The jury was composed of seven members: Irving Abella (historian), Ydessa Hendeles (artist-curator), Herzl Kashetsky (artist), Raymond Moriyama (architect), Margi Oksner (Executive Director of the National Holocaust Monument Development Council), Vera Schiff-Katz (Holocaust survivor) and Greg Smallenberg (landscape architect).

The jury met in September 2013 to evaluate more than 70 proposals. It recommended six finalist teams to advance to Phase 2 of the competition.

A public viewing of the six finalist concepts was held at the Canadian War Museum on the evening of February 20, 2014. The public was invited to view the concepts, meet the design teams, and share their comments. The jury deliberated the following day and made its recommendations for a winning team.

The Government of Canada announced that the design “Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival” presented by Team Lord of Toronto has been selected for the future National Holocaust Monument.

Model of the winning design concept for the future National Holocaust Monument that depicts a star which is created by six triangular volumes at each of its points.

The winning team is led by Gail Dexter-Lord, co-president of Lord Cultural Resources and is composed of Daniel Libeskind (architect), Edward Burtynsky (artist-photographer), Claude Cormier (landscape architect) and Doris Bergen (subject matter expert).

The winning design is a fully integrated proposal in which architecture, landscape, art, and interpretation communicate the hardship and suffering of victims while conveying a powerful message of humanity’s enduring strength and survival.

The Monument is expected to be completed in 2017.

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