Twelve Diplomatic Missions featured at 7 Clarence Street for Canada’s 150th Anniversary


(press release)

NCC will celebrate 2017 with Confederation Pavilions and legacy initiatives


In 2017, the newly constructed building at 7 Clarence Street will welcome twelve diplomatic missions to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. The site will become the 2017 International Pavilion where diplomatic missions will exhibit and promote their countries’ relationship with Canada. They will also showcase the best of their culture, commerce, ideas, values and traditions.


The diplomatic missions that will present programing at the International Pavilion, starting in February 2017, include: United States of America, Mongolia, Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Israel, Republic of Poland, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Cuba, Ireland, Kingdom of Belgium, Hungary and the Republic of the Philippines.


In addition to the International Pavilion at 7 Clarence Street, the National Capital Commission will leverage several of its unique and under-used properties and partner to animate them as 2017 Confederation Pavilions. These pavilions will create a unique itinerary for residents and visitors to discover the built heritage in Canada’s Capital Region.


Furthermore, the NCC will leverage its assets and planning expertise towards meaningful legacy initiatives, including the completion of the Plan for Canada’s Capital 2017-2067. Major infrastructure renewal projects will be undertaken to enhance and beautify our Capital. The NCC will also facilitate partner’s initiatives by providing timely Federal Approvals and permits for major events on NCC land.


Quick Facts


Occupancy dates by each diplomatic mission at the International Pavilion (dates subject to change):


  • United States of America                        February 1 to 20, 2017
  • Mongolia                           February 22 to March 6, 2017
  • Swiss Confederation                  March 8 to April 10, 2017
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands                    April 12 to May 1, 2017
  • Israel                                 May 3 to 29, 2017
  • Republic of Poland                         May 31 to June 19, 2017
  • Federal Republic of Germany                        June 21 to July 24, 2017
  • Republic of Cuba                           July 26 to August 14, 2017
  • Ireland                               August 16 to 28, 2017
  • Kingdom of Belgium                        August 30 to September 25, 2017
  • Hungary                            September 27 to October 30, 2017
  • Republic of the Philippines                    November 15 to December 11, 2017

NCC 2017 legacy projects include three sectors of activities:


  • Planning the Capital

o   Plan for Canada’s Capital: 2017-2067

o   Capital Illumination Plan: 2017-2027

o   Enhanced NCC Public Programs on the Rideau Canal Skateway, NOKIA Sunday Bikedays, Mackenzie-King Estate, Fall Rhapsody, outdoor activities for new Canadians and guided tours for school groups


  • Beautifying the Capital

o   Confederation Boulevard beautification

o   A unique tulip species for Canada’s 150th celebrations

o   Rehabilitation of the Garden of the Provinces and Territories

o   Lebreton Flats interim improvements

o   Mackenzie Avenue cycling lanes

o   Launch of the design competition for Nepean Point

o   Improved public access to Richmond Landing and the Bronson Pulp Mill Ruins


  • Confederation Pavilions

o   7 Clarence Street International Pavilion featuring 12 diplomatic missions

o   Rideau Hall Winter Pavilion

o   Strutt House – Strutt Foundation

o   Moore Farm Estate – Centre d’écologie et d’agriculture urbaine de Gatineau

o   330 Sussex Drive – Global Centre for Pluralism

o   In discussion: 150 Middle Street, Maison Charron and O’Brien House

Furthermore, the NCC will facilitate partner’s initiatives by providing:


  • Timely Federal Approvals to its partners such as

o   National Arts Centre

o   Global Centre for Pluralism

o   Canada Science and Technology Museum


  • Permits for major events on NCC lands such as

o   MosaïCanada 150/2017

o   Canadian Heritage Events

o   Red Bull Crashed Ice Ottawa 2017



“The NCC’s 2017 Confederation Pavilions, including the International Pavilion at 7 Clarence, will provide residents and visitors with unique opportunities to experience cultural programs and appreciate the richness and architectural beauty of the NCC’s built heritage portfolio.”


–          Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission

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