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New Building Naming and Opening Ceremony

RCMP National Headquarters



OTTAWA - October 5, 2011 - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety along with Commissioner William J.S. Elliott, today officially opened the new Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario.  The M. J. Nadon Government of Canada Building is a state-of-the-art facility that will accommodate about 3,000 members and employees of the RCMP.

“Our Government is committed to giving our police the tools and resources they need to keep our streets and communities safe,” said Minister Toews. “This new facility will provide RCMP employees with a modern and efficient work environment as they continue to provide outstanding policing services to Canadians.”

“This truly is a world-class facility, for a world-class police force,” said Commissioner Elliott.  “Having so many of our employees under one roof will enhance and support our continuing efforts to help ensure safe and secure communities for citizens coast to coast.”

In keeping with Government of Canada efforts to engage in environmental efficiencies, the Nadon building was designed to meet LEED CI Silver designation.

The building is comprised of many significant green design features, which contribute to reductions in the use of hydro and water, and lower C02 emissions.

The relocation of the RCMP National Headquarters to 73 Leikin Drive has been realized through the efforts of Public Works and Government Services Canada in partnership with Minto Group Inc.      

The building was named in honour of the 16th Commissioner of the RCMP.  Maurice Jean Nadon served as RCMP Commissioner from January 1, 1974 to August 31, 1977.  He was a visionary leader who made significant contributions throughout his 36 years of service.  It was by his order that the first female cadet troop commenced training in 1974.  Nadon was born in Mattawa, Ontario, on July 8, 1920 and died on December 21, 2009.     




  • The new RCMP National Headquarters is located at 73 Leikin Drive, Ottawa ON.
  • The RCMP selected the street number "73" as it is rooted in RCMP history. In 1873 the Parliament of Canada established the North-West Mounted Police.
  • On October 5, 2011, the RCMP named its new National Headquarters building in honor of Commissioner (retired) Maurice Jean Nadon.
  • Maurice Jean Nadon was the 16th Commissioner of the RCMP.
  • He is recognized for the significant contributions he made during 36 years of service with the RCMP, including the Commissioner’s Order which created the first female troop at Depot.
  • This complex is comprised of seven interconnected buildings. An atrium connects all buildings at ground level.
  • The RCMP began relocating employees to the new RCMP National Headquarters at 73 Leikin Drive in 2009.
  • Approximately 1,800 employees are currently working from the new Headquarters.
  • An additional 850 employees are scheduled to relocate in 2012.
  • The building offers many modern amenities, including a 250-seat auditorium, video conferencing, fitness centre, and cafeteria.
  • The NHQ complex meets official LEED CI ‘Silver’ designation requirements. The RCMP is committed to an environmentally conscious footprint.
  • Many efficiencies including light ‘harvesting’, reduced Co2 emissions, and water conservation practices are in place at the new NHQ building.

Quick Facts:

  • The decision to purchase the complex at 73 Leikin Drive was made by the federal government in 2006.
  • Renovations began at 73 Leikin Drive in January 2009.
  • The building has an area of 78,411 square meters (844,000 square feet).
  • The building sits on a lot size of 54 acres (21.85 hectares); equal to 54 football fields.
  • The building has the capacity to accommodate approximately 3,000 employees.
  • Closed offices were designed to PWGSC fit-up standard sizes; 13.9 m2 to 28 m2.
  • Workstations are typically 5.9m2.



Biography of Commissioner (Rtd.) Maurice Jean Nadon

July 8, 1920 - December 21, 2009

Commissioner Maurice Jean Nadon was born on July 8, 1920, in Mattawa, Ontario. Nadon was studying aeronautics, radio and photography at Ottawa Technical School when he decided to join the RCMP in 1941. During his examination to join the RCMP, the then-20 year old Nadon wrote that he had “recently heard…you were recruiting…I thought I might be of service to you.”

After a short three-month cadet training at Rockcliffe, Ontario, Nadon was posted to C Division where he carried out general investigative duties and administration. As a young constable, he was posted to the 1943 and 1944 Quebec Conference, a witness to the meetings between Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Commissioner Nadon spent most of his career serving in the Criminal Intelligence/ Criminal Investigation Branches within C Division, O Division, E Division, and at National Headquarters as a specialist in organized crime and drugs. During the Expo 67, Commissioner Nadon was in charge of security for all visiting Heads of State. He was the Commanding Officer for O Division from 1970 to 1972, and Deputy Commissioner of Criminal Operations before being named Commissioner of the RCMP on January 1, 1974.

As the 16th Commissioner of the RCMP, Nadon led the way for the first troop of female members at Depot in 1974. Nadon guided the organization during the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, and he officially opened the new Canadian Police College the same year. Nadon also successfully introduced the Division Staff Relations Representative Program, and presented police service horse Centenial (sic) to the RCMP’s Honourary Commissioner, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.

Commissioner Nadon retired on September 1, 1977, ending a very successful career in the RCMP. Nadon was routinely noted for his “pleasant personality,” his strong work ethic, and his “considerate and patient” nature.

Commissioner Nadon passed away in the early morning hours of December 21, 2009, a little over thirty six years to the day when he was named Commissioner of the RCMP by Order in Council 1973-4103 (published December 20, 1973).

***** Peter Austin, RCMP VA Ottawa Division attended the Ceremony