Confederation Building (Newfoundland and Labrador)

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Confederation Building
Confederation Building East Block
General information
Type Legislative Assembly
Architectural style Post-War Modern
Location St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Address 100 Prince Phillip Drive
Town or city St. John's
Country Canada
Elevation 100m
Current tenants Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Construction started 1959
Completed 1960; 1991
Inaugurated 1960
Renovated 1982 & presently
Cost $9,000,000
Client Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Owner Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Landlord Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Height 64 metres (210 ft)
Other dimensions 198 metres wide and 64 tall (East Block)
Technical details
Floor count 11
Floor area 34,838 square metres
Lifts/elevators 9

The Confederation Building is located on Confederation Hill overlooking Newfoundland and Labrador's capital city St. John's, and it serves as the home of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. The brick-and-concrete clad building has 11 storeys and is 64 metres 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.

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 m2. The original building is now considered the East Block of the Confederation Building.[2] 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 Government Departments, Agencies, and Offices:

  • Office of the Premier
  • Executive Council
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Justice and Public Safety
  • House of Assembly
  • Office of the Official Opposition
  • Office of the Third Party
  • Government Members Office
  • Protocol Office
  • Cabinet Secretariat
  • Communications and Consultation Branch
  • Hansard Office
  • House of Assembly Broadcast Centre

West Block[edit]

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

  • Department of Advanced Education and Skills
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Department of Health and Community Services
  • Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
  • Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Department of Seniors, Wellness 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 Provincial Government Departments are located in other offices in St. John's:[3]

  • 95 Elizabeth Avenue - Department of Child, Youth, and Family Services
  • Petten Building, Strawberry Marsh Road - Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Natural Resources Building, 50 Elizabeth Avenue - Department of Natural Resources
  • Howley Building, Higgins Line - Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environment and Conservation
  • 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 number of statues and landmarks are located near the building:

See also[edit]


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