The names of lands and assets managed by the NCC are rich in meaning. Each is a reflection of the heritage and cultural diversity of the National Capital Region.

In this regard, the NCC has updated its toponymy policy to better guide the choice of names for the lands and assets under its responsibility. The policy is founded on the principles of integrity, inclusiveness and relevance.

It also includes evaluation criteria, and establishes a clear and transparent naming process.

The toponymy policy applies to the following assets under the NCC’s responsibility:

  • urban parks
  • conservation areas
  • parkways
  • pathways
  • gardens
  • official residences
  • heritage residences

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Steps in the process

  1. An individual or group of individuals, or the NCC, submits an application by filling out an online form.
  2. The NCC analyzes the application, according to the policy’s stated criteria.
  3. If the application is compliant, the Advisory Committee on Toponymy examines the submission.
  4. The NCC holds public consultations, if required.
  5. The committee recommends the submission to the NCC’s CEO.
  6. If the submission is accepted, it is presented to the board of directors.
  7. The board studies the submission and makes a decision.

Who can propose a name?

Any individual or group of individuals, including the NCC, may propose to name or rename an NCC-managed asset. All proposed names follow the same process.

Advisory Committee on Toponymy

The NCC Advisory Committee on Toponymy is responsible for the following:

  • Examining submissions for the naming or renaming of NCC-managed assets.
  • Evaluating the comments received during public consultations, when consultation is required.
  • Ensuring that submissions comply with the policy’s principles of integrity, inclusivity and relevance.
  • Making recommendations to the CEO.