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Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council

Bureau du Premier Ministre et du Conseil Privé

 
 
Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2019
1. Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Marker
Inscription.  
English:
This building is the nerve centre of government. The two offices housed here support Canada's prime minister in the task of governing.

The Office of the Prime Minister is managed by political staff who support the prime minister in the roles of head of government, leader of a political party and member of Parliament.

The Privy Council Office — often called the prime minister's "department" — provides non-partisan support to the prime minister, the Cabinet and the many Cabinet committees. Its role, under the leadership of the Clerk of the Privy Council, is to promote the effective operation of the government of Canada.

Growing into the Capital
Completed in 1889 in the Renaissance Second Empire style, this was the first federal building located outside the gates of Parliament Hill. Between Confederation (1867) and 1891, Canadian territory expanded tenfold, the population increased by 40 percent, and the public service grew in response to national needs. The newly erected building at 80 Wellington Street was an important step in transforming a lumber town into a capital city.

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Marker detail: Main Entrance image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Privy Council Office
2. Marker detail: Main Entrance
The main entrance to the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council
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L'entrée principale du Bureau du Premier ministre et du Conseil privé
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Changing Role

This building has been the home of the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council since 1977. Originally, it housed nearly all the staff of four government departments: Agriculture, Interior, Indian Affairs, and the Post Office. Today, more than 250,000 federal public servants work in offices across Canada.

The National Capital Commission and the Department of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada

Français:
Cet édifice est le centre nerveux du gouvernement. Les deux groupes qu'il abrite appuient le premier ministre du Canada dans sa tâche de gouvernant.

Le Bureau du Premier ministre est géré par des collaborateurs politiques qui secondent le premier ministre dans ses fonctions de député, ainsi que de chef du gouvernement et d'un parti politique.

Le Bureau du Conseil privé est souvent appelé le « ministère » du premier ministre. Il apporte un soutien non-partisan au premier ministre, au Cabinet et à ses nombreux comités. Dirigé par le greffier du Conseil privé, il a pour rôle de favoriser le bon fonctionnement du gouvernement du Canada.

En pleine expansion
Terminé en 1889, l'édifice de style Second Empire, inspiré de la Renaissance, était le premier immeuble fédéral érigé à l'extérieur de l'enceinte de la colline du Parlement. De 1867
Marker detail: Office of the Prime Minister image. Click for full size.
William James Topley, Library and Archives Canada, PA-009422
3. Marker detail: Office of the Prime Minister
Looking east on Wellington Street: 80 Wellington was as imposing a presence in 1909 as it is today.
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Vue vers l'est du 80, rue Wellington, qui impose aujourd'hui sa présence comme il le faisait en 1909.
(année de la Confédération) à 1891, le territoire du Canada s'est décuplé, et la population s'est accrue de 40 %. La fonction publique fédérale a donc suivi pour répondre aux besoins. Le nouvel édifice, construit au 80, rue Wellington, était une étape importante dans la transformation d'une petite ville forestière en capitale.

Évolution du rôle
Depuis 1977, cet édifice abrite le Bureau du Premier ministre et du Conseil privé. À l'origine, il accueillait presque tout le personnel de quatre ministères, soit ceux de l'Agriculture, de l'Intérieur, des Affaires indiennes et des Postes. Aujourd'hui, plus de 250 000 fonctionnaires fédéraux travaillent dans des bureaux situés partout au Canada.

La Commission de la capitale nationale et le ministère du Patrimoine canadien, en collaboration avec Services publics et Approvisionnement Canada
 
Erected by The National Capital Commission / La Commission de la capitale nationale.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1889.
 
Location. 45° 25.422′ N, 75° 41.864′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ontario, in Ottawa Division. Marker is on Wellington Street (Route 34) just east of Metcalfe Street (Route 89), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located along
Marker detail: 1945 photo of War Savings Branch image. Click for full size.
Chris Lund, Library and Archives Canada, PA-144871
4. Marker detail: 1945 photo of War Savings Branch
Many departments have had offices here, sometimes in cramped conditions, as seen in this 1945 photo of War Savings Branch employees.
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L'édifice a hébergé plusieurs ministères, parfois à l'étroit, comme le montre cette photo de 1945 montrant des employés de la direction d'épargne de guerre.
the sidewalk directly across Wellington Street from the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5K9, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canada’s Capital (within shouting distance of this marker); Henry Albert Harper (within shouting distance of this marker); Terry Fox 1958 -1981 (within shouting distance of this marker); Parliament Clocktower Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); 100 Wellington Street / 100, Rue Wellington (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Lotta Hitschmanova, C.C. (about 120 meters away); Nicholas Sparks (about 120 meters away); Women Are Persons! (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ottawa.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Confederation Boulevard / Boulevard de la Confédération
 
Also see . . .  Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council (Wikipedia). While the offices of senior Privy Council Office officials remain in the building, its use is now largely limited to the Prime Minister's Office, in addition to his or her office in the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings. It is built of sandstone obtained from a New Brunswick quarry, and was the first federal government office building constructed outside the Parliament Hill precinct. The structure
Marker detail: Great Seal of Canada<br>(<i>at bottom center of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2019
5. Marker detail: Great Seal of Canada
(at bottom center of marker)
This is the Great Seal of Canada, created for Queen Elizabeth II in 1955. An impression of the seal indicates the legitimacy of state documents such as royal proclamations and commissions issued for the appointment of Cabinet ministers, senators and judges. A new seal has been created for every monarch since Confederation.
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Cette réplique reproduit le grand sceau du Canada, créé pour la reine Elizabeth Il en 1955. Une empreinte du sceau atteste l'authenticité des documents d'État tels que les proclamations royales et les commissions relatives à la nomination des ministres, des sénateurs et des juges. On a conçu un nouveau sceau pour chacun des monarques depuis la Confédération.
is distinctive in Ottawa for its Second Empire Style design because most government buildings from the period were built in the Gothic Revival style. It was designed by the Chief Dominion Architect Thomas Fuller, who also designed the original Parliament Buildings. (Submitted on May 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2019
6. Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Marker
(Wellington Street & Metcalfe Street in background)
Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2019
7. Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Marker
(Office of the Prime Minister in background, across Wellington Street)
Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 10, 2019
8. Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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