Canada’s Capital was selected by Canada’s Building Trades Unions as the location for its national monument. Contributions made by Canadian construction workers are of national symbolic interest, due to the industry’s historical significance in building the nation, its enduring economic impact, and its development and promotion of national health and safety standards.
The Capital hosts the nation’s most important political and cultural institutions. Its monuments and national symbols tell the stories of the people, events, and achievements that have meaning and value for our country.
The Upper Plaza of Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, Ontario was chosen as the site for the Canadian Building Trades Monument. It is approximately 100 square metres and sits on the central axis of the park. The site is owned and managed by the National Capital Commission. This landscape features a number of commemorative public art works that pay homage to Canadian history. Located just east of Parliament Hill, Major’s Hill Park provides a tranquil setting that is adjacent to Confederation Boulevard, also known as the Capital’s ceremonial and discovery route. It is adjacent to some of Ottawa’s most notable tourist attractions, such as the National Gallery of Canada and the ByWard Market.
Inspired by stunning views of Parliament, the Ottawa River, the Chaudière Falls, historical industrial landmarks, and the Rideau Canal – some of which played critical roles in the country’s foundations, whether by generating hydro-electric power or providing routes of transport – the Upper Plaza in Major’s Hill Park can accommodate large crowds for ceremonial gatherings. Within view are dozens of structures and sites that reflect the contributions made by the building trades during the construction of ‘Bytown’, as Ottawa was known in years past and, indeed, led to the development of our nation.
The site is a flat concrete surface approximately 11.6 metres in length by 7.5 metres wide and includes stone benches.