Colonial Building Name Consultations


Colonial Building was the home of our Legislative Assembly from its opening in 1850 until 1959, witnessing our political evolution from Representative to Responsible to Provincial Government. It is one of the most important historic sites in the province today. Colonial Building was designated as a Provincial Historic Site in 1974 to acknowledge the historic and political significance of events that occurred at the building, and the architectural and design grandeur of the building itself.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is currently undertaking a comprehensive restoration of Colonial Building. This work is currently in the final phase and the building is anticipated to open to the public in the coming months. The restored and renewed site will provide an immersive and interactive visitor experience that explores our unique political history, including concepts around the inclusion of diverse voices in the political landscape.

The Government is conducting a review to ensure public monuments and observances respectfully recognize and commemorate our history. As part of this review, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation is seeking public input on the name of Colonial Building. The results of this public engagement will be used to determine whether to change the name of the building, and what the new name should be if it is changed.

Please click here for more information about the Colonial Building Provincial Historic Site  

Get Involved

Participate in the public engagement process by submitting your views using the online questionnaire below or in writing. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Online Questionnaire

This questionnaire will be available until Thursday, June 2, 2022. It should take you approximately 5 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

If you have any questions related to this questionnaire or require an alternate format, please contact the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation at (709) 729-7212.

Please note you must log in or register with engageNL to participate.

Please click here to complete the questionnaire

Written Submissions:

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, we encourage you to send us your thoughts in a letter or by email. 

The deadline for written submissions is Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Written submissions can be sent by:


Scott Andrews, Manager of Provincial Historic Sites
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s
PO Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B4J6             


Email:  [email protected]

How will your input be used?

The information we receive will be reviewed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation.  All feedback will be considered when reviewing the building name.

Privacy Statement

Please do not include your name or any information that could identify you. The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on the name of Colonial Building.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact the ATIPP coordinator for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation at (709) 729-7084.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding the name or renaming of Colonial Building, please contact the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation by phone (709) 729-7212 or by email at [email protected].