NCC seeking ideas to name the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park

The NCC will be naming the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park that bounds the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, and we welcome your ideas by October 23, 2018.

Earlier this year, the NCC Board adopted the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan, which aims to reconnect people with the historic Ottawa River by increasing accessibility to its shorelines via the creation of a nine-kilometre riverfront park. The NCC would like your input to help name the riverfront park.


The process of naming of physical spaces in the National Capital Region is based on a set of guidelines. In brief, the park can be named after one of three things:

  • A person of national stature who has made a substantial contribution to the building of Canada and its identity in the world, or to an aspect of Canadian culture worthy of special recognition.
  • A place or event with a significant historical or cultural legacy in Canada.
  • A local or regional figure who has contributed to the building of the Capital.

As part of this process, the NCC is inviting Canadians from across the country to submit their ideas. Is there a person, place or event that you think deserves special recognition? Let us know by completing the survey below!

Next steps

The NCC will collect and review all suggestions. A short list of ideas that best correspond to the criteria outlined in the Policy on Toponymy will be submitted to an ad hoc selection committee. This ad hoc committee will be composed of 13 representatives from local stakeholder groups and community associations, four local members of the NCC’s Board of Directors, as well as the NCC’s CEO and Chair. The ad hoc committee will review and vote on proposals collected via the consultation process. A short list of up to three names will then be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval.