Tunney's Pasture

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Tunney's Pasture as of 27 April 2008, looking north; Parkdale Avenue is at right; the Transitway (including the Tunney's Pasture Station) and Scott Street are at bottom

Tunney's Pasture is a 49-hectare (121-acre) area within the City of Ottawa, Ontario, that is exclusively developed for Canadian federal government buildings. It is bordered by Scott Street to the south, Parkdale Avenue to the east, the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the north, and Northwestern Avenue to the west. While strictly speaking it is confined to this area, people living in the vicinity of it will often call the wider neighbourhood Tunney's Pasture.

The complex, home to some 10,000 employees, is served by Tunney's Pasture Station on the transitway.


Before development in the early 1950s, this area was officially known as Lot 35, Concession A, Township of Nepean, and, as the name still indicates, it was used as a farmer’s pasture and named after Anthony Tunney who pastured his cows on the empty land.[1]

As a young man, Anthony Tunney emigrated from Ireland to Ottawa in 1867 and married and built a house at 201 Parkdale Avenue. The owner of the pasture, the Ottawa Lumber Merchants' Association, hired Tunney to be the caretaker of the land and allowed him to graze his cattle in the field. Although Tunney was able to claim ownership because he had been paying the taxes on the property, he never did so and the land was eventually sold by the association to the government.[citation needed]

In 1950, the property became part of the Greber Plan that envisioned it as a government employment centre within a quiet and secure park-like campus. From the 1950s to the 1960s, 18 low-rise buildings were constructed with modern, classical-inspired architecture and similar materials, massing, and scale. Most of these combined research and office functionality under one roof. Starting in the 1970s however, new buildings and additions were built that deviatated from Gréber's vision, introducing high-rise office towers, new architectural styles, and cladding materials to the site.[2]

Little development took place in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. By 2011, most buildings were considered outdated and the site under-used. So Public Works and Government Services Canada has initiated a plan to redevelop the campus with new high-rise buildings and mixed-use commercial and residential space over a 25 year period. In all, the plan aims to double the number of federal employees to 20,000 and add between 800 to 1000 residential units.[3][4]

List of buildings[edit]

Various ministries and agencies occupy offices, in whole or in part, in Tunney's Pasture.

Name Building # Address Year built[4] Primary tenant
R. H. Coats Building Building 1 100 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Statistics Canada
Main Building Building 3 150 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Statistics Canada
Jean Talon Building Building 5 170 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Statistics Canada
Brooke Claxton Building Building 9 70 Columbine Driveway
Health Canada
Jeanne Mance Building Building 19 200 Eglantine Driveway
Health Canada
Laboratory Centre for Disease Control Building 6 100 Eglantine Driveway Health Canada
Health Protection Building Building 7 200 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Health Canada
Environmental Health Building Building 8 50 Colombine Driveway Health Canada
Animal Breeding Building Building 12 100 Chardon Driveway Health Canada
Sir Frederick G Banting Research Centre Building 22 251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway Health Canada
Finance Building Building 2 101 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Health Canada
Occupational Health Unit Building Building 17 51 Chardon Driveway Health Canada
General Records Centre Building 15 130 Goldenrod Driveway
Library and Archives Canada
Personnel Records Centre Building 18 161 Goldenrod Driveway
Library and Archives Canada
Standards Building Building 4 151 Tunney's Pasture Driveway
Measurement Canada
National Defence Data Centre Building 16 101 Goldenrod Driveway
Department of National Defence
Finance Annex Building 14 100 Yarrow Driveway
Central Heating and Cooling Plant Building 13 50 Chardon Driveway
Butler Hut Building 11 150 Chardon Driveway

Demolished buildings[edit]

  • Virus Laboratory
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Building
  • Eldorado Nuclear Building

Gallery of selected buildings in Tunney's Pasture[edit]


  1. ^ Statistics Canada, 71
  2. ^ "About Tunney's Pasture". Tunney's Pasture Master Plan. Public Works and Government Services Canada. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  3. ^ Joanne Chianello (September 18, 2012). "Vision for Tunney’s Pasture a clouded one". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Tunney's Pasture buildings past their prime". CBC News. November 24, 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 


Statistics Canada (1993). 75 Years and Counting: A History of Statistics Canada. Ottawa: Minister Responsible for Statistics Canada. (Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 11-531). 

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Coordinates: 45°24′22″N 75°44′13″W / 45.406194°N 75.736978°W / 45.406194; -75.736978