Run-down cabins? Feds own lots of shoddy real estate: CP
The sign for the Canada Science and Technology museum in Ottawa is seen on Friday, November 12, 2010. (Pawel Dwulit / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Sunday, December 18, 2011 1:26PM EST
OTTAWA - From run-down cabins in the woods to the Parliament Buildings, the feds own their share of shoddy real estate.
An analysis by The Canadian Press of the federal government's massive real-estate portfolio found thousands of buildings are listed as being in poor and even critical condition.
Among the buildings in rough shape are the Parliament Buildings, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Health Canada's Laboratory Centre for Disease Control and the taxman's headquarters.
Also included on that list are thousands of smaller structures such as storage sheds, lighthouses and remote RCMP detachments.
Nearly 13 per cent of all buildings are in either poor or critical condition; about half the buildings are in fair condition; a quarter are in good shape; and the condition of the rest is unknown.
A searchable online database of buildings that the government owns or leases turns up more than 31,000 entries, with those buildings falling into five broad categories: good, fair, poor, critical and unknown.