Hon. Elmer MacKay (Minister of Public Works):
Public Works Canada (PWC) manages a number of properties located in city core areas. Those buildings, as they grow older, often require important renovations in order to respect increasingly stringent health and safety standards. Such renovations do not show up in the numbers related to city core revitalization projects.
Public Works Canada manages a major capital project program under parliamentary vote 15-real property program capital expenditures.
This vote involves the construction of new federal buildings and the renovation or redevelopment of existing federal buildings. Some of these projects are located in city core areas. The Pacific-Western regions of PWC had three such projects and there were two in the Quebec region, as follows:
Victoria-Custom House (816 Government
This project, at a total cost of $4.4 million, involved the conversion of a portion of the lower two floors from government office space to commercial retail and the installation of a new heritage exterior facade on the 1957 addition. The project was undertaken on the urging of the city of Victoria and the downtown business community to contribute to the revitalization of Government Street and the inner harbour/Empress Hotel/provincial legislative precinct. The project was substantially complete in the spring of 1992 with capital expenditures of $2.5 million in 1991-92 fiscal year.
Whitehorse-"Elijah Smith" Federal Building (308 Main Street)-Redevelopment
This $24.7 million project involved the phased demolition of the old federal building and the construction of a new Government of Canada office building. The Elijah Smith building is a four-storey, 9,500 rentable square metre office building occupying an entire city block on
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Main Street. The project was substantially complete in the spring of 1992 with capital expenditures of $10.8 million in 1991-92 fiscal year.
Winnipeg-MacDonald Building (344 Edmonton Street)-Renovations
This project, at a cost of approximately $6 million, involved a major upgrading of all floors of the building to give it an economic life of 25 years. The project was completed in 1992 with capital expenditures of $2 million in 1991-92 fiscal year.
Chicoutimi-Old Port of Chicoutimi
1991- $186,850-fitting up of cycling track, surveys and other legal conveyancing documents, soil decontamination, river bank management
1992- $97,959-fitting up of cycling track, surveys and other legal conveyancing documents, soil decontamination, river bank management
Trois-Rivieres-Old Port of Trois-Rivieres
1991- $369,265-reimbursement to the city for operating and maintenance costs for the previous calendar year
1992- $424,576-reimbursement to the city for operating and maintenance costs for the previous calendar year
The following two projects were carried out under parliamentary vote 20-crown corporations program:
Montreal-Old Port of Montreal
1990/91-$14,363,000-operating and capital expenses
1991/92-$42,232,612-operating and capital expenses
1992/93-$13,457,000-operating and capital expenses (Apr.-Dec.)
1990/91-$3,648,932-operating and capital expenses
1990/91-$3,700,000-loans to cover capital asset expenses
Toronto Harbourfront was the only project done in conjunction with a city/region.
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