Mr. John Pearson’s task is not merely to put up a building for office purposes, or even a national edifice for the Canadian people of the present day only: the new parliament building must be also fit for the Canada of an unborn tomorrow. It will carry the message of history through time from the Canadian people of today.

Editorial, The Ottawa Citizen, July 28, 1920

While the House of Commons conducts its business in accordance with established procedures and practices, it does so in its own unique physical setting and under administrative structures of its own making. These two factors are an important backdrop to the operations of the House. This chapter provides information about Ottawa as the seat of government, the Parliament Buildings, the House of Commons Chamber and the administrative framework through which are provided an array of facilities and services dedicated to the operations of the House and the needs of its Members.