People wait in front of the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 24, hoping to be given refuge in Canada after the devastating earthquake. ((Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press))

It could cost as much as $5 million to fix the Canadian embassy in Port-au Prince, which was badly damaged in last month's earthquake.

Diplomats have been working out of makeshift offices in the garage and the few other parts of the building untouched by the quake.

Hasty renovations have already been undertaken to allow embassy staff to treat the enormous demand for entry into Canada.

The federal government has put out a call for tenders to conduct more extensive repairs, and it pegs the value of the work at $1 million to $5 million.

It hopes to award the contract early next month.

The project could include setting up semi-permanent housing for staff who lost their homes.