Shire Hall Renovation Project
Upgrading the Council Chambers so that the public has more and better opportunities to engage with Council. Additional repairs throughout Shire Hall to improve customer service and modernize the building.
- Budget year: 2022-2023
- Total cost: $338,000
- $199,174 from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
- $100,000 from the 2021 municipal capital budget
- $35,000 from the Administrative Building Reserve
- $15,526 from the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve
Construction of Council Chambers is complete. Staff are seeking external funding sources to renovate Shire Hall's accessible entrance and public washrooms.
Shire Hall, built in 1874, has not seen any significant improvements since the early 1980s and Council Chambers was last updated in the late 1970s. The renovation was prompted after a successful funding application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), designed to provide funding to help build strong, dynamic and inclusive communities by updating public spaces to ensure they are accessible for all.
The renovations began in Fall 2022 and was completed in Spring 2023. The renovation included:
- Improved accessibility for both Council, staff and the public
- Improved livestream and audio-visual technology
- An enhanced public gallery for safety purposes
- Updated design and finishing
Staff worked with local architect Scott Bailey from Branch Architecture on the planning and architectural design and Jeffery G. Wallans undertook the construction of the project.
Click here for a virtual tour of the updated Council Chambers.
While the building was closed, upgrades were done to the rest of Shire Hall to refresh the space while addressing Building Code and accessibility issues, given the age of the building. The upgrades include:
- New flooring throughout
- Restoration of the original terrazzo in the building’s foyer
- Replacement of the railing and adjustment of the stair height
- Updated lighting
- Painting and reconfiguring work spaces to meet today’s accessibility and Building Code standards
Click here to view the infographic highlighting the upgrades.
Community Services and Programs Coordinator