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The Confederation Building
is located on Confederation Hill overlooking the Newfoundland & Labrador's capital city St. John's
St. John's is the capital and largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador, and is the oldest English-founded city in North America. It is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the island of Newfoundland. With a population of 192,326 as of July 1, 2010, the St...
, and serves as the home of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly is one of two components of the General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, the other being the Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Newfoundland and Labrador General Assembly meets in the Confederation Building at St...
. The brick and concrete clad building has 11 storeys and is 64 metres tall, it was completed
during 1960 at a cost of $9 million to replace the Colonial Building
Colonial Building was the home of the Newfoundland government and the House of Assembly from January 28, 1850 to July 28, 1959. In 1974 it was declared a Provincial Historic Site....
. A lantern is located at the top of the copper roof of the central tower and acts as a beacon when turned on during the night.
During 1982 construction began on the West Block extension, a modern 7 storey structure, which is a six storey building, with a gross floor area of 34,838 metres. The original building is now considered the East Block of the Confederation Building. A third building on the legislature campus is the Service Building Annex
a two storey building housing a day care centre and garage for the provincial fleet.
The main and largest of the two and the original building having the name and home to the House of Assembly.
It is also home to the senior government positions:
- Office of the Premier
- Executive Council
- Ministry of Business
- Ministry of Finance
- Ministry of Justice
A separate building to the west of the East Block and home to the remaining government departments:
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Environment and Conservation
- Ministry of Government Services
- Ministry of Health and Community Services
- Ministry of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
- Ministry of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development
- Ministry of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
- Ministry of Municipal Affairs
- Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
- Ministry of Transportation and Works
A few other ministries are located in other offices offsite in St. John's:
- 40 Higgins Line - home to the Office of the Chief Information Officer
- Sir Brian Dunfield Building - Public Service Commission
- 29-31 Pippy Place - Research and Development Corporation
- Petten Building, Strawberry Marsh Road - Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture
- 25 Hallett Crescent - Fire and Emergency Services
- Natural Resources Building, 50 Elizabeth Avenue - Ministry of Natural Resources
Statues and landmarks at the Legislature
A number of statutes and landmarks are located near the building:
- Gaspar Corte-Real
Gaspar Corte-Real was a Portuguese explorer.He was the youngest of three sons of João Vaz Corte-Real, also a Portuguese explorer, and had accompanied his father on his expeditions to North America...
- located southeast of the building.
- John Cabot
John Cabot was an Italian navigator and explorer whose 1497 discovery of parts of North America is commonly held to have been the first European encounter with the continent of North America since the Norse Vikings in the eleventh century...
- located at the foot of the steps at the East Block.
- Crest of the province located in front of the East Block.
- Flags of Britain
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...
, Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Canada. Situated in the country's Atlantic region, it incorporates the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador with a combined area of . As of April 2011, the province's estimated population is 508,400...
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...
fly in front of the building.