Visit the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat

AKFC is headquartered at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat on Sussex Drive in Ottawa, Canada. We welcome the public into the building on a regular basis for tours and events.


Visit the Delegation

The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat was established by His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). A secular facility, the Delegation serves a representational role for the Imamat and its institutions, offering a centre for building relationships, enabling quiet diplomacy, disseminating knowledge and information, while reflecting the wide-ranging humanistic and humanitarian agenda of the AKDN.

Designed by award-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, the building opened in December 2008. The design emerges from the Aga Khan’s belief that architecture is not simply about buildings, but about the quality of life of those that inhabit the built environment. The Delegation has received the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture (2012), and two awards from the Ontario Association of Architects: the Celebration of Excellence Award and People’s Choice Award (2010).

Interested in being a tour guide? Email your resume and completed application form to [email protected]. Read the volunteer expectations and find the application form here

Plan Your Visit

The Visitor Program provides the public with an opportunity to explore the Delegation through free regularly-scheduled tours. Volunteer guides will be on hand to facilitate open-house visits of the Atrium, the Resource Library, and, weather permitting, the Char Bagh (courtyard garden). Please plan on approximately 30 minutes for your visit.

The upcoming Visitor Program schedule is as follows:

Saturday, September 28th from 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Saturday, October 5th from 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Saturday October 19th from 2.00 – 4.00 pm

In October the Delegation will only be open twice for Visitor Program.

In special circumstances, it may be possible for groups of 10 or more to visit the building during business hours. Please fill out the inquiry form below to indicate your interest or leave a message by calling 1 (800) 267-2532 or (613) 237-2532 ext 7.  An AKFC representative will then be in contact with you.  Please note that your visit is not considered confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from an AKFC representative.

Location and Parking

The building is located at 199 Sussex Drive in Ottawa. Visitors are requested to enter by the Boteler Street entrance. No parking is available on-site, but street parking is available in the neighbourhood along Boteler Street , Dalhousie Street, Parent Avenue, and Bolton Street. When parking please take care to respect any posted regulations.