Every Canadian played a part in the establishment of the Centre with each citizen and the Federal Government contributing monies to its construction. It was the first time that all provinces agreed to provide funding for an institution outside of their boundaries.
Built in the Brutalist style in vogue at the time, it was designed by architectural firm Affleck, Desbarats, Dimakopoulos, Lebensold, and Sise. Many local people were hired to help construct the massive complex that holds a theatre, library, gallery, Memorial Hall and restaurant.
The Confederation Centre of the Arts was designated 30 June 2003.