Confederation Building (Newfoundland and Labrador)

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Confederation Building
Confederation Building (front), St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.jpg
Confederation Building East Block
Alternative namesFrench: Édifice de la Confédération
General information
TypeLegislative Assembly
Architectural stylePost-War Modern
LocationSt. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Address100 Prince Philip Drive
Town or citySt. John's
Elevation100 metres (330 ft)
Current tenantsGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador
Construction started1959
Completed1960; 1991
Renovated1982 & presently
ClientGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador
OwnerGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador
LandlordGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador
Height64 metres (210 ft)
Other dimensions198 metres (650 ft) wide
64 metres (210 ft) tall (East Block)
Technical details
Floor count11
Floor area34,838 square metres (374,990 sq ft)

The Confederation Building serves as the home of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. It is located on Confederation Hill overlooking Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city, St. John's. The brick- and concrete-clad building has 11 storeys and is 64 metres (210 ft) tall. It was completed in 1960 at a cost of $9 million to replace the Colonial Building. A lantern is located at the top of the copper roof of the central tower and acts as a beacon when turned on at night.[citation needed]

In 1982, construction began on the West Block extension, a modern 7-storey structure, which is a six-storey building, with a gross floor area of 34,838 square metres (374,990 sq ft). The original building is now considered the East Block of the Confederation Building.[1] A third building on the legislature campus is the Service Building Annex a two-storey building housing a day care centre and garage for some provincial government vehicles.


The complex consists of two buildings that house most departments of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. It also contains the provincial legislature, and offices for elected members.

East Block[edit]

The original and tallest of the two buildings.

It is home to these provincial government departments, agencies, and offices:

West Block[edit]

Opened in 1985, this building is to the west of the East Block and contains most other provincial government departments, and various offices and agencies:

  • Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Department of Health and Community Services
  • Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
  • Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
  • Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
  • Department of Transportation and Works
  • Service NL
  • Office of Public Engagement
  • Center for Learning and Development
  • Policy Innovation and Accountability Office
  • Women's Policy Office
  • Disability Policy Office

Off site[edit]

Remaining departments of the provincial government are located in other offices in St. John's:[2]

  • 95 Elizabeth Avenue - Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
  • Petten Building, Strawberry Marsh Road - Department of Fisheries and Land Resources
  • Natural Resources Building, 50 Elizabeth Avenue - Department of Natural Resources
  • Howley Building, Higgins Line - Department of Natural Resources, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
  • 40 Higgins Line - Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Sir Brian Dunfield Building, Mundy Pond Rd - Public Service Commission
  • Argyle Building, Portugal Cove Rd - Research and Development Corporation
  • 25 Hallett Crescent - Fire and Emergency Services
  • 34 Pippy Place - Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

Statues and landmarks at the Legislature[edit]

A rear facing view of The Confederation Building, in St. John's Newfoundland.

A number of statues and landmarks are located near the building:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b About Newfoundland and Labrador – Seat of Government – Confederation Building, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, 8 October 2015, retrieved 2 March 2016
  2. ^ "Departmental Executive Directory". Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.

Coordinates: 47°35′00.27″N 52°43′25.71″W / 47.5834083°N 52.7238083°W / 47.5834083; -52.7238083