The prime minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex Drive, which hasn’t housed a prime minister in seven years, is being emptied out to begin repairs on the crumbling structure.
Though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family have been living in Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall since his election in 2015, some members of the PM’s staff have had offices in 24 Sussex. Those employees began moving out this week, the National Capital Commission said in a media release Thursday afternoon.
Emptying the building will make it easier for workers to begin removing asbestos and obsolete mechanical, heating and electrical systems, the NCC said. That abatement work is expected to begin next spring.
“The work to be carried out as part of this project must be completed regardless of any future decision on the residence,” the NCC statement said.
“Today, with continuously aging and worsening materials and systems, more significant actions must be taken to mitigate matters of great concern such as potential fire hazards, water damage and air quality issues,” it said.