The NCC recently finalized a report which provides a thorough understanding of the portfolio, as well as directions for policy development, strategic planning, long-term development and maintenance.
The NCC is responsible for the long-term planning, capital works and ongoing maintenance of these residences.
Only Rideau Hall, the residence of the governor general of Canada, is open to public visitors.
The house at 24 Sussex Drive is the official residence of Canada’s prime minister. Part of the house is reserved for the use of the family. The other part is where the prime minister welcomes official guests for public functions. These...Read more about 24 Sussex Drive
Stornoway is the official residence of Canada’s leader of the Opposition, and a recognized federal heritage building. Stornoway has been home to a number of historical figures, including the exiled Princess Juliana of the Netherlands,...Read more about Stornoway
The property at 7 Rideau Gate serves as a “home away from home” for visiting dignitaries, and provides them with an environment of elegance and comfort. Global Affairs Canada offers accommodation and hospitality at 7 Rideau Gate to heads...Read more about 7 Rideau Gate
The residence at Harrington Lake (Lac Mousseau), located in Gatineau Park, is the country residence of the prime minister of Canada. It offers the head of the Canadian government a tranquil place to rest, reflect and confer in a secure,...Read more about Harrington Lake
Rideau Hall has been the official residence and workplace of every governor general of Canada since 1867. The governor general lives here, confers with the leader of Canada’s government, hosts foreign dignitaries and performs the...Read more about Rideau Hall
The Farm is the official residence of the speaker of the House of Commons. It has been used as an official residence since 1955. Located at Kingsmere, in the Gatineau Hills, this rural property consists of a renovated farmhouse and five...Read more about The Farm
The NCC ensures that the six official residences in Canada’s Capital Region:
The NCC takes each property’s heritage, functionality and security needs into consideration, and consults with many related agencies, representatives and professionals on the official residences. The Canadiana Fund provides donated furnishings and artifacts to enhance state rooms in the official residences.
The occupants are responsible for household operations and activities within the residences.
Its purpose is to enhance the beauty and significance of state areas at official residences, through public donations of furnishings, paintings and objets d’art, or the funds to purchase them.Donate to the Canadiana Fund
The NCC receives advice and recommendations for the official residences from two advisory committees:
The NCC has developed management principles to guide the development and maintenance of the residences. The principles address the following issues:
The complete list of specific principles is presented in the following document: Management Principles for the Official Residences of Canada.
The official residences are heritage buildings, which were not designed to meet today’s needs and standards. There are a number of challenges involved in maintaining the official residences, and extending their physical life for the benefit of future generations. These challenges include the following:
The NCC continually works on overcoming these challenges and the backlog of repairs.