The NCC is the main federal urban planner in Canada’s Capital Region. In this role, the NCC works in collaboration with stakeholders to enhance the natural and cultural character of the Capital.
The NCC ensures that the highest standards of excellence in urban and architectural design are upheld. The NCC’s goal is for Canada’s Capital Region to be a model of urban planning: a place where decisions about the use and development of urban lands are based on considerations of environmental sensitivity, sustainability and best practices.
The NCC and its predecessors have more than 100 years of experience in Capital planning.
Capital Illumination Plan
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.
Capital Pathway Strategic Plan
The NCC's strategic plan for the Capital Pathway presents a comprehensive vision and strategy for planning, managing and expanding the pathway system.
Sustainable Development Strategy, 2018-2023
The NCC Sustainable Development Strategy is our road map to continue building a greener Capital Region.
It reflects the NCC’s commitment to working with its partners, stakeholders and the public to continue building a greener and more sustainable Capital Region together.
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 Capital should tell Canadians about themselves and introduce Canada to people from abroad
The Capital should be a physical place of high quality
The Capital should be a model of a healthy and sustainable environment
Historical buildings, parks and archaeological treasures should be protected
Visitors to the Capital should be able to find all the services they need
Safety, comfort and accessibility
Federal lands and buildings should be identifiable, offer pleasing and secure surroundings, and be universally accessible
Transportation and communication
The Capital should be linked by good connections, with everything from bus routes and bicycle paths to electronic network
The federal planning process comprises the following elements :
- the future needs of the Capital and the federal government
- lands of national interest
- the natural environment
- quality of life/well-being
- heritage and the built environment
- transportation and accessibility
- programming and visitor activities
- feasibility and implementation factors
- public participation
- municipal objectives
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.