The NCC’s Sustainable Development Strategy is our road map to continue building a greener Capital Region.
The NCC’s Sustainable Development Strategy, 2018–2023, provides a focused and innovative agenda for environmental leadership in Canada’s Capital Region, and serves as an overarching element to be included in all of the NCC’s plans, strategies, policies and operations. 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.
Not only does this strategy aim to protect our natural and cultural heritage, it will also contribute to improving the health and well-being of all residents and visitors in the National Capital Region. It aligns with three important federal and international initiatives: the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, the Greening Government Strategy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The strategy is founded on six principles which define how it is implemented. These principles are intended to send a clear message about the way that the NCC wants to do business. The NCC pledges to implement the commitments identified under each principle by 2023 and to report on progress annually.
The NCC acts as a leader in promoting excellence in environmental sustainability in the National Capital Region.
Transparency and accountability
The NCC regularly reports on progress, including both successes and shortfalls, to the Government of Canada, stakeholders and the public.
The NCC continually seeks collaboration with regional partners to improve understanding of regional environmental processes and best practices.
The NCC seeks ongoing public, stakeholder and staff input to shape the priorities and support the implementation of the strategy.
Natural capital in decision making
Natural capital is consistently valued and integrated into the NCC’s decision making.
The NCC considers the social and health impacts of its built environment and services for diverse communities and visitors in the National Capital Region.
Thirty-five actions have been identified to be completed by 2023. They call for the NCC to innovate and to improve the way it does business. They are presented under the 10 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy goals relevant to the NCC. Each action has a set of indicators and clear, concrete, measurable targets.
In 2009, the NCC launched its first corporate environmental strategy, Building a Greener Capital, which contained ambitious objectives for environmental action in five areas:
The NCC has achieved 74 percent of the objectives in its 2009–2017 environmental strategy, and made significant progress in key areas of habitat and ecosystem protection, waste reduction, and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. You can read more about these accomplishments in the Final Report, Environmental Strategy, 2009–2017.