Your Voice Matters—Ask our Elected Officials to Support the Château Laurier Motion on June 26

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019


Councillor Mathieu Fleury tabled his "notice of motion" at the June 26 Council meeting, which passed by a narrow vote of 12-10.  As a result, the Château Laurier addition will be up for debate and vote by Ottawa City Council at its next meeting on July 10. We encourage all to contact our elected officials with their concerns.



June 23, 2016


When Ottawa City Council meets on Wednesday, June 26 the Mayor and Councillors will have one last opportunity to use their authority under the Ontario Heritage Act to reconsider the Château Laurier addition.

Councillor Mathieu Fleury indicates that he will be tabling a "notice of motion" to have City Council reconsider the conditional heritage permit issued by Council last year, in advance of having a satisfactory design.  If the motion passes, Council will revisit the Château Laurier issue at its meeting of July 10.

Heritage Ottawa remains of the firm opinion that Larco Investments, the property owner, did not meet the conditions of the heritage permit granted by Council in June 2018 to make the new addition visually compatible with the historic hotel.  Thousands have indicated their agreement, including pre-eminent Canadians and internationally renowned experts—such as Phyllis Lambert.

An inappropriate rectilinear box should not be attached to this jewel of Canadian architecture, at this nationally important site.  Council voted to impose the conditions on the heritage permit.  Council must now determine if the conditions have been met, not pass that responsibility to city staff.

Heritage Ottawa calls upon all concerned citizens to contact our elected officials to DEFEND OUR HERITAGE and protect the Château Laurier by supporting Councillor Fleury's motion at Council on June 26 — and the critical vote on July 10. (as updated June 26)


CLICK HERE to send a message to Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Councillors before July 10.

OR CLICK HERE to copy and paste email addresses separated by commas into your mail program, if formatting at first link is incompatible with your system.


Related Reading:

Response to Latest Proposed Addition to Château Laurier | HERITAGE OTTAWA, MAY 25, 2019

Ottawa’s iconic Chateau Laurier held hostage by developers and architects | Toronto Star, June 6, 2019

Phyllis Lambert to Mayor Jim Watson: Proposed Château Laurier Addition "Makes Mockery of the Ontario Heritage Act" | June 7, 2019

Latest Château Laurier Design Meets Council's Requirements for Compatibility, City Staff Say | Ottawa Citizen, May 26, 2019

Visit the Château Laurier section of Heritage Ottawa's website for additional coverage.