Our New Home

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind is expanding.

In 1988, we opened our National Training Centre. Located in Manotick, Ontario, over 700 clients have called this building home during the course of their training. Now, 30 years later, we’re excited to announce the development of our new residence and kennel.

This exciting expansion will allow our clients to live and train in an industry leading facility. Our new kennel will ensure maximum comfort for our dogs, while also offering an environment for them to learn more effectively. Our new home will allow us to continue serving Canadians for the next 30 years and beyond.

Update #1: Marking our Territory

A collage of three photos shows a large field outside Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind's National Training Centre is sectioned off by blue wire fencing.
Blue fencing marks where construction of a new training centre will begin.

While it might not look like much, the bright blue fencing marks the official beginning of our construction project! Soon this field will be the home our new National Training Centre.

Update #2: Breaking Ground

Construction equipment digging up soil at Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s National Training Centre.

Ground has officially been broken! The construction crew has begun removing the top layer of soil to clear space for the building’s foundation.

Update 3: Starting to take Form

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<p>Digging is complete and concrete forms are beginning to be put in place. Once the forms are up, concrete will be poured in to create the building’s foundation.</p>

<h3>Update 4: From the Ground Up</h3>

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<p>The base layer of concrete has been laid, and a foundation is beginning to take shape. Our building is officially being constructed.</p>

<h3>Update 5: A Firm Foundation</h3>

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The foundation of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind’s new training centre.

The foundation is being built up and our new home is starting to take shape! Each day brings new excitement as the building continues to increase its footprint.

Update 6: Moving On Up

Metal bars joining wooden posts mark the frame of a first story ceiling.

And just like that, our building is off the ground! The shell of a first story is starting to take shape. If you look closely, you can also see some of the framing for walls being built on the ground.

Update 7: Brick by Brick

At the back of our property stands our new, state of the art kennel building.

In addition to our new residence and training centre, work has begun on our new, state of the art kennel. This building will allow our dogs to live in the lap of luxury at all times.

Update 8: Establishing Connection

The hallway being built will connect the new residence and training centre with our existing national head office.

Our new residence and training centre will be connected, via this hallway, to our current national head office, allowing for easy travel between the two.

Update 9: The First Wall

The Southern wall of our new training centre is built! With the frame being raised, the project is really starting to take shape. Literally.

We could hardly contain our excitement seeing this one! Walls have started being raised and we’re really starting to see what the finished product will be like.

Update 10: Raise the Roof

A large crane is raising roof panels on top of the building. The panels will stretch the length of the roof and be joined together.

Along with an extended side wall, our roof is starting to be installed. Dozens of these triangular panels will create the frame for a brand new metal roof.

Update 11: The Roof Takes Shape

Most of the roof has taken shape, as the triangular panels are connected and the gaps filled in.

The snow has arrived in full, but construction is still well underway. The base layer of our roof is just about done, as the triangular panels are connected and covered. Very soon, the metal roof will be installed.

Update 12: A Full-fledged Roof

A profile shot shows the metal roof on the South side of the new training centre, as well as a brief glimpse of the kennel in the background.

The roof is just about finished, as the Southern side has had its metal covering installed. In the background you can see the progress on the kennel building.

Update 13: The New Doghouse

The exterior of the new kennel is almost completed and work on the roof is underway.

As work continues on the roof of the training centre, much work has been completed on the kennel as well. The exterior is taking shape and work has started on the roof.

Update 14: Window to our Soul

The front of the new Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind National Training Centre.

With the roof fully installed, the focus has now turned to windows. From the side, you can see where each client’s suite will lead to an outdoor run for their guide dog in training.

Update 15: The Kennel Roof

A close up view of the new Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind kennel.

The kennel building continues to rise, being fitted for an identical metal sloped roof. The back of the building contains the many doorways that will connect to outdoor runs for our guide dogs.

Update 16: In the doghouse

With the roof frame completely in-tact we take a look inside our kennel building.

The frame of the kennel roof is completely in-tact and awaiting metal covering that will match the training centre’s roof. A photo from inside the kennel reveals the brick work and the framing of the roof.

Update 17: Pouring Concrete

A concrete truck beings filling the interior of the training centre.

With the roof complete, work is starting inside. Here a concrete truck begins pouring in the foundation of the new National Training Centre.

Update 18: Showing our Good Side

A profile shot of a building under construction. Behind a tree, grey siding adorns a window and door filled wall.
The siding panels of the National Training Centre are fully installed.

The southern side of the building is almost completely finished as the siding is installed and mounted. Each room has a glass door which will connect to a personal run for our clients’ dogs.

Update 19: Brick by Brick

A photo of the front facade of a building along a gravel construction road. The wall highlights a mosaic brick wall between two panels of windows.
The front of the training centre boasts a newly-installed brick wall on the facade.

The front of the new National Training Centre is nearly finished with the installation of a beautiful stone wall. With the windows on either side the interior will boast tons of natural light.

Update 20: Inside the Residence

A montage of two photos. On the left, a hallway walled with unpainted drywall gives way to 10 doorways. On the right, behind the wooden frame of a wall, an empty room is backed by windows and a glass door.
The left shows the bedroom hallway while the right shows the footprint of a personalized client bedroom.

Our first glance inside the new residence reveals the bedroom hallway, as seen on the left. The photo on the right shows a bedroom-in-progress. The glass door next to the windows will open to each client’s personal dog run.

Update 21: Inside the Kennel

A collection of two photos. On the left, a brick walled building has large piles of dirt on the floor and wooden framing in the ceiling. On the right, a construction worker stands in the same building. The floor is now levelled and covered in tarp.
The inside of the kennel starting to take shape.

Just like our new training centre and residence, work is continuing inside the kennel. The openings in the wall will connect to outdoor runs for the dogs.