Global Affairs Canada Commemorative Artwork

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is establishing a permanent commemorative artwork. The artwork will be located on Green Island in Ottawa, Ontario, between the John Diefenbaker building (111 Sussex Drive) and the south shore of the island. The project is a partnership between four federal departments:


  • Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the project initiator.
  • Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH); the overall project manager.
  • National Capital Commission (NCC); managing the design, procurement, and construction phases; and
  • Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC) who owns and manages the land where the artwork will be constructed and will be responsible for its long-term operation and management.


This project is subject to the Impact Assessment process under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA).


Details of the design, including dimensions and exact form, are currently being finalized by the design team. The recommended placement and extent would be similar to the attached figure and would remain outside the 100-year floodplain and outside the 15 m riparian buffer. Hardscaping may be permitted within the 15 m riparian buffer but would be limited. Some repairs could be made to the pathway located along the shoreline, which is in poor condition. No work will take place beyond the pathway.


Construction phases of the project will include:


  • Structural and foundational work including excavation and minor regrading.
  • Installation of the concrete and bronze analemma sculpture, including a garden of reflection and lighting for the artwork elements.
  • Universal accessibility is integrated within all the design elements.
  • A pathway leading to the commemorative artwork.
  • Grading and vegetation planting in proximity to the Commemoration.


Latest update

January 26, 2024 – The National Capital Commission issued its Notice of Determination and determined that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
3 Notice of Determination - January 26, 2024
2 Figure 1 - Schematic design of the GAC commemorative artwork at 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON. PNG (234 KB) April 20, 2023
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - April 20, 2023


National Capital Commission
Environmental Assessment
40 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5A8

  • Location

    • City of Ottawa (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Global Affairs Canada
  • Authorities

    • Canadian Heritage
    • Global Affairs Canada
    • National Capital Commission
    • Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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