Maintaining federal monuments in Canada’s capital can be big business.
Late last week, government officials awarded a two-year agreement worth up to $499,631 to Ottawa-based environmental contracting company Asbex for annual maintenance of nearly two dozen local monuments, according to published procurement records.
The contract covers some of the city’s best-known sites such as the National War Memorial as well as statues of past prime ministers and The Famous Five on Parliament Hill.
The scope of work includes exterior cleaning, surface repairs and assessing the overall condition of the local landmarks.
Founded in 1989, Asbex expanded to Montreal in 1996 and specializes in asbestos and other hazardous material abatement, according to its website.