The National Capital Commission is proud to present the Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067, the signature planning framework that will shape the vision for the nation’s capital until Canada’s bicentennial in 2067.
The Gatineau Park Master Plan is the long-term plan for the development, use and management of Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation park.
The NCC’s Greenbelt Master Plan guides the preservation and use of Canada’s Capital Greenbelt.
The Capital Urban Lands Plan (2015) is a land use plan to guide the planning, protection and development of federal urban lands in the Capital.
The plan sets out how federal government lands in this core area will be developed until 2025.
The 10-year illumination plan aims to enrich the nighttime environment in the heart of the Capital, as well as the experience it provides for visitors.
One of the NCC’s priorities is to facilitate public access to the Capital’s shorelines. We are currently in the process of finalizing our Ottawa River North Shore Parklands Plan.
The NCC Capital Pathway Network Strategic Plan presents a comprehensive vision and strategy for planning, managing and expanding the pathway system.
The NCC Sustainable Development Strategy is our road map to continue building a greener Capital Region.
As mandated by the National Capital Act, the NCC prepares plans for federal lands in the National Capital Region. These plans act as a blueprint for building a great capital.
As long-term planner, the NCC guides the use, physical development and management of NCC-owned lands, which is about 11 percent of all land in the Capital Region. We also coordinate the development of lands owned by other federal departments and agencies.
To support the long-term development of Canada’s Capital and to meet the expectations Canadians have of their capital, NCC planners apply the following principles:
The federal planning process comprises the following elements.
The plans we develop stem from the Plan for Canada’s Capital, and must consider the following:
The NCC works with provincial and municipal partners to ensure the greatest harmony between plans in Canada’s Capital Region.
The NCC is part of a number of collaborations and partnerships with these and other partners.
The NCC ensures that capital plans for the Capital respect applicable legal, regulatory and policy requirements, as described below.
Federal land use, transaction and design approvals
The NCC ensures that any changes to federal properties fit with current plans and are of a quality that reflects their significance and location.
The NCC looks at every plan and project through an environmental lens to ensure environmental protection and/or provide mitigation measures. We are guided by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the NCC Environmental Strategy.
Heritage and archaeological resources
The NCC is committed to heritage preservation. We apply relevant federal heritage policies and international standards when reviewing federal properties in Canada’s Capital Region.
The last step in the planning process involves “commissioning” and evaluating the plan. “Commissioning” a plan means setting a plan in motion by outlining who does what and when.