Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canada Permanent Mortgage Building / Telpay Building (298 Garry Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey building was designed by local architect John Danley Atchison and constructed in 1909 by the firm of Smith and Sharp on the west side of Garry Street, on the former site of the Manitoba Club. Its first occupant was the Toronto-based financial services firm Canada Permanent Trust Company, with other space in the building leased to smaller firms. In 1964, Canada Permanent moved out of the building, which was renamed the Guardian Finance Building for its primary occupant at that time. In the 1970s, it became the Freed Building. In the 1980s, the structure was purchased and renovated by Comcheq Services Limited, whose subsidiary Telpay Incorporated is its present occupant.

Some employees of the company who were killed during service in the First World War were commemorated in a 144th Battalion military vaudeville held at the Winnipeg Theatre on 9-11 March 1916.

Restoration of the building has been recognized by a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg. It is a municipally-designated historic site.

Canada Permanent Building / Telpay Building

Canada Permanent Building / Telpay Building (September 2014)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89388, W97.14083
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties





Birth Date

Death Date

Ralph Conklin Henderson
[Next of Kin]


2nd Company, Canadian Machine Gun Corps


26 February 1892

6 November 1917

John Henry Clifford Grierson


3rd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, British Army

Second Lieutenant

28 October 1894

31 July 1917

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Danley Atchison (1870-1959)

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wallace Sharp (1852-1924)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Comcheq Building [formerly Canada Permanent Building] (296-298 Garry Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, July 1985.

We thank Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and George Penner.

Page revised: 16 December 2023

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