The Federal Building, located on the northeast corner of the legislature grounds, will be officially named the Queen Elizabeth II Building. A short ceremony will take place on Sept. 27 to mark the occasion. Permanent signage will be installed in the coming weeks.
The renaming of the building was originally planned to recognize the Platinum Jubilee of Her late Majesty. Consent for the name change was provided to Alberta’s government by Buckingham Palace in early August.
“This is a meaningful way for our province to celebrate the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and to ensure that Her late Majesty’s legacy of dedicated service and citizenship continues to inspire generations of Albertans to come.”
“Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II served selflessly as our head of state for seven decades, well over half the entire history of the province of Alberta. Generations of Albertans have respected and admired the way in which she has personified the principles of our constitutional order as a bedrock of stability and dignity in our public life.
“When the Government of Alberta acquired and restored the Federal Building several years ago, it decided to name all of the rooms on its 10th floor after members of the Royal Family. It is therefore fitting to extend that gesture by naming this beautiful and historic building after the Queen herself. May generations of future legislators and public servants who work for Albertans in the Federal Building be reminded of and inspired by her noble example of public service as an integral part of our constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy.”
Alberta’s government remains dedicated to honouring those who made an enduring impact on our province. Her late Majesty’s leadership and connection to Canada has shaped our national identity, and her name will live on through the countless public institutions devoted to her memory.
“Her late Majesty’s 70-year reign was marked by her strong leadership and dedication to the members of the Commonwealth. Renaming this building is a fitting and proper conclusion to our government’s long-term rejuvenation project, which has made this building accessible and open to Albertans.”
Alberta’s government is working to identify other important figures in our province’s history to be similarly honoured with the renaming of buildings and spaces Albertans and their families use every day.
“Renaming this building after Her late Majesty, Canada’s longest-serving monarch, is a reflection of her ceaseless devotion and commitment to the Commonwealth. The late Queen was a strong female leader who symbolized stability and fairness. Her gracious attitude toward Alberta will forever be remembered.”
Originally designed in the 1930s for the Government of Canada, the building’s construction was delayed by the Great Depression and Second World War.
The structure housed federal staff from 1958 until 1988, when its occupants moved to the newly built Canada Place in downtown Edmonton.
The building sat empty from 1988 to 2010, when the Government of Alberta began redeveloping it to serve as offices for MLAs and government staff. The first of more than 600 people began working in the building in February 2015.