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

A large yellow bulldozer pushes soil towards a large pile of dirt in an empty field. A yellow cat truck sits idly in the foreground.
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

Behind blue fencing, construction forms lay on the ground within a fully excavated site.
Construction equipment begins constructing concrete forms for a new National Training Centre.

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.

Update 4: From the Ground Up

A foundation layer on concrete sits inside an excavated plot of land. Rebar is sticking up from the foundation.
A foundation layer of concrete is laid.

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

Update 5: A Firm Foundation

A montage of three photos shows the building's foundation layer of concrete from various angles
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.