Confederation Building (Newfoundland and Labrador)


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 stories 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]

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)

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 BlockEdit

The original and tallest of the two buildings.

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

West BlockEdit

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 Immigration, Skills and Labour
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health and Community Services
  • Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
  • Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Municipalities
  • Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
  • Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Digital Government and Service NL
  • Office of Public Engagement
  • Center for Learning and Development
  • Policy Innovation and Accountability Office
  • Women's Policy Office
  • Disability Policy Office

Off siteEdit

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

  • 81 Kenmount Road - Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development
  • Petten Building, Strawberry Marsh Road - Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
  • Natural Resources Building, 50 Elizabeth Avenue - Department of Industry, Energy and Technology
  • Howley Building, Higgins Line - Department of Industry, Energy and Technology, Department of Environment, Climate Change, and Municipalities
  • 40 Higgins Line - Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Sir Brian Dunfield Building, 50 Mundy Pond Road - Public Service Commission
  • Argyle Building, Portugal Cove Rd - Research and Development Corporation
  • 25 Hallett Crescent - Fire and Emergency Services
  • 2 Canada Drive - Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

Statues and landmarks at the LegislatureEdit

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 alsoEdit


  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.
  3. ^ "Controversial statue of Portuguese Corte-Real in Canada is "colonialist narrative" and can be removed". Publico. 20 June 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Gaspar Corte-Real Statue - The Scope Archive". 24 May 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  5. ^ James McLeod (25 August 2017). "N.L. indigenous leaders say Corte-Real statue is an insulting relic". Retrieved 20 April 2018.

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