The first mosque in Ottawa will be open to the public Saturday morning, after the City of Ottawa approved a permit for the facility.
The Al-Quds Mosque is located in downtown Ottawa, a neighbourhood that’s largely seen as one of the most conservative parts of the city.
The building, which is being constructed in partnership with the Centre for Islamic-Canadian Studies and the University of Ottawa, will accommodate about 50 worshippers, according to city spokesperson Erin McLean.
The mosque will be located near the main entrance to the Ottawa Convention Centre, which will also be open.
McLean says the building is being renovated to include a larger, more spacious space for worship, which should be completed in the fall.
“It’s going to be a very welcoming space,” she said.
McLean says a permit has been issued for the mosque to open to all, but the city will be looking for volunteers to help with security and other duties.
“We’re still in the process of trying to find people who will be able to help,” she added.