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 residents and visitors.

The Capital Illumination Plan, 2017–2027, was approved by the Board of Directors on September 12, 2017. Implementation of the plan has begun.

What is a lighting master plan?

A lighting master plan enhances the beauty, safety and enjoyment of a city after dark, and shapes the identity of a place. It includes recommendations related to the following.

  • Urban environment: Access and wayfinding for public spaces, public safety and comfort, and the protection of natural areas
  • Artistic lighting: The creation of ambiances, specialty lighting, colour temperature and temporary light installations
  • Energy savings: The management of investment costs, programming for energy savings and the maintenance of lighting infrastructure
  • Natural environment: The reduction of light pollution, night biotope protection, environmental footprint of the global lighting system and recycling sources

Our vision for illumination in the Capital

The vision set out in the Capital Illumination Plan is as follows:

The nighttime Capital offers memorable experiences, showcases its distinctive character and contributes to a sustainable future.

The objectives of the Capital Illumination Plan:

  • Enhance the Capital’s nighttime beauty.
  • Enrich the resident and visitor experience.
  • Promote environmentally responsible lighting practices.
  • Support existing planning, heritage conservation and urban design strategies.
  • Strengthen ties and collaboration between federal partners, the City of Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau, and other public- and private-sector stakeholders.

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