Visiting Ottawa

If you are planning to visit Ottawa, you should take time to watch Question Period and/or tour the Parliament Buildings.
Contact MP Jim Hillyer’s Ottawa office at 613-996-0633 or
if you need assistance in this area.
If you have a group of less than ten, you are able to view Question Period in the Public Galleries. It is suggested that you arrive at Security at the Main Building 30-45 minutes ahead of time, as seats are on a first come basis. We can request seats for larger groups with advanced notice. Just call or e-mail our office with the names of your group, the name of your contact person and how to reach them, the date you want to watch Question Period and the number of seats you require. If you are a school group, please provide the grade level and teacher's name.
Individuals and groups of ten or less wanting to tour the parliament buildings, will find the information they need at or you can Contact Parliamentary Tours at 613-996-0896 to request space on a specific tour.
Groups of 10 or more will find the information they need at or you can Contact Parliamentary Tours at 613-996-0896 to request a specific date and time.
Advance reservations for the public galleries in the Senate Chamber are not required. Visitors (individuals or groups) may ask on site to be directed to the galleries to watch Senate proceedings. You are invited to use the handset provided to listen to an audio guide on the key players of the Chamber, the art and architecture and the daily order of business.

Are you a resident of our riding and planning to visit Ottawa?

If so, let our office know. We may be able to arrange a meeting with your MP, passes to Question Period or other arrangements.

In The House

Government of Canada News

Welcoming more visitors from abroad, supporting Canadian jobs and growth
September 30, 2014 Ottawa ­–With the important summer tourism season just passed, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced that 2014 is a record year for visas issued in the world's key markets for legitimate travel and trade.

Opening of International Astronautical Congress
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Canada and to the 2014 International Astronautical Congress. You have travelled from around the world to this great city of Toronto to dialogue about the world's collective pursuits in space. Now, you know Canada is a place where the global recession hit us very hard, but we recovered earlier than most countries in the rest of the world. And we emerged from the recession with a steady, strong economy that is among the leaders in the G7.

Wild Horse port of entry winter hours begin October 1
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) advises travellers that the Wild Horse port of entry will resume its winter hours on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

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