In September 2022, the government announced that the former Federal Building, located on the northeast corner of the legislature grounds, would be renamed to honour Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s life and historic 70-year reign.
Following that announcement, a brass plaque has been installed on the building to serve as a historical marker.
The plaque reads:
In celebration of Her late Majesty’s life and Platinum Jubilee, this building was officially renamed the Queen Elizabeth II building on September 27, 2022, by Premier Jason Kenney and Minister of Infrastructure Nicholas Milliken.
“Last year, Albertans joined citizens of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms in celebrating the life and mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. We are proud to present this plaque that will serve as a permanent reminder of Her late Majesty’s life, legacy and connection to Alberta.”
“Queen Elizabeth II played an important role in our history and our cherished system of government for seven decades. This building will stand as a meaningful reminder of her extraordinary dedication to service for future generations of Albertans.”
“Queen Elizabeth II visited Alberta a total of six times during her life, forging a strong bond with our province and its people. We honour that connection now by creating a permanent home for Her late Majesty’s memory here at the seat of democracy in Alberta, our legislature grounds.”
Updated Queen Elizabeth II Building signs and wayfinding signs around the legislature grounds will be installed over the summer.
- Originally designed in the 1930s for the Government of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II 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.