Major Infrastructure Projects

The NCC provides new details on major infrastructure projects under way over the next two years.

These projects follow the Government of Canada’s $55 million investment announced in the February federal budget.

This investment in support of critical repair and maintenance will assist the NCC in ensuring that major infrastructure assets remain safe, resilient and enjoyable for current and future generations of residents and visitors to Canada’s Capital Region.

The NCC’s major infrastructure projects will see two phases:

  • Phase 1, 2018–19: planning and design, disbursing approximately $13 million
  • Phase 2, 2019–20: execution and construction, disbursing approximately $42 million

Regular status updates will be provided to the public and media representatives as projects move forward.

The NCC will continue to work with the Government of Canada and all of its partners and stakeholders to ensure that infrastructure and other valuable federal assets are restored and maintained to meet the needs of Canadians, as they define the symbolic, natural and cultural significance of Canada’s Capital Region.

Pathways and Flooding

The NCC will invest approximately $6 million into the restoration of multiple pathways and infrastructures severely impacted by the spring 2017 flood.

Voyageurs Pathway repairs

The Voyageurs Pathway, which suffered severe damage in last year’s devastating flood, will be rebuilt to higher standards, increasing resiliency in preparation for future extreme weather events. It is scheduled to reopen in late fall 2018.

The restoration work scheduled on a portion of the Lac-des-Fées Pathway will improve its ecological integrity and reduce the fragmentation of its ecosystems.

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De l’Île Pathway, which has some significant heaving and cracking issues, will be rehabilitated to ensure a safe and stable pathway for all users.

The Leamy Lake electrical distribution system, badly damaged during the spring 2017 flood, will be rehabilitated sustainably to a higher flood-proof standard in order to ensure resiliency in the event of future floods.

Stabilization work will prevent further erosion and improve shoreline protection.

The Champlain Bridge parking lot, an aging key parking area that partially collapsed after the 2017 flood, will be moved, rehabilitated and made more resilient.

Bridges

The NCC will invest approximately $21.8 million into the restoration of bridges.

Portage Bridge resurfacing and widening of cycle track

The rehabilitation of the asphalt surface of the Portage Bridge and the widening of the cycle track will improve safety and user comfort.

The Hog’s Back Bridge was custom designed and built more than 40 years ago. As many of the bridge’s components have reached the end of their life cycle, the bridge will be rehabilitated to ensure reliable operation and safety for all: boaters, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway LeBreton Exit Bridge has reached the end of its life cycle. It will be replaced with a new structure to improve safety and user comfort.

Buildings

The NCC will invest approximately $12.8 million into the restoration of buildings.

Many building components of the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club will be replaced to provide protection and full universal accessibility and public access to this landmark, ensuring that all Canadians will be able to enjoy it.

Foundation and structural repairs as well as interior repairs and upgrades are necessary to protect this important asset in the ByWard Market, because of building foundation settling and sinking.

Repairs to this building include upgrades to the exterior envelope, HVAC system and elevator, allowing the preservation of this recognized federal heritage building.

This project will allow some of the building’s dated units to be renovated and updated to limit operating costs and ensure preservation of this important asset on Confederation Boulevard.

Roads, Parkways and Walls

The NCC will invest approximately $6.7 million into the restoration of multiple roads, parkways and walls.

The rehabilitation of the access road and boat launch will improve shoreline protection, operation and maintenance.

The rehabilitation of the 1.4 km access road to O’Brien House and Wilson House will improve safety, operation and maintenance.

Constructed in 1950, this road leads to the Kingswood Cottage, a recognized federal heritage building. Most needed is work on the service road and the hydro line.

The rehabilitation work on the Philippe Lake Parkway, one of the main arteries in Gatineau Park, will improve drainage operation and maintenance.

Other

Emerald ash borer

The majority of the ash trees on NCC lands have been affected by the emerald ash borer.

The NCC will invest approximately $1.5 million for long-deferred life cycle interventions.

Investment of approximately $4.5 million will start implementation of replanting strategies, as progress is made toward completing the management of the emerald ash borer’s devastating infestation.