News Release

Published on October 8, 2020

Canada’s Capital Region 
— On the occasion of Thanksgiving, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to launch the Park Bench Dedication Program to provide a unique way for Canadians to celebrate their loved ones or to mark a special occasion, in this time of recognition and gratitude.

This program provides an opportunity for individual Canadians to enhance the Capital’s symbolic value by dedicating an existing oak park bench at signature locations in the heart of the region on both sides of the river, including Major’s Hill Park, Confederation Park and along the Voyageurs Pathway.

In honour of our front-line workers, the NCC will dedicate the first park bench in recognition of their valuable work and commitment during the COVID-19 pandemic. This plaque will be installed in spring 2021 in Major’s Hill Park.

Additional information about this program is available on the NCC website. An interactive map of the selected bench locations is also available.


  • A donation of $4,000 for seasonal benches will fund the dedication of a personalized bronze plaque, its installation and maintenance for 10 years.
  • Benches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Based on availability, participants may select a preferred location from the list of available benches (see interactive map).
  • As the largest landowner in Canada’s Capital Region, the NCC cares for and protects vital public places that are unique to our nation’s symbolic, natural and cultural heritage.


“This program offers Canadians a unique way to commemorate an event or memorialize a loved one within or along the beautiful parks, pathways and greenspaces in the National Capital Region. Through personalized bench plaques, we hope to add a personal and human element to the outdoor experiences we collectively share in the region.”

—Tobi Nussbaum, Chief Executive Officer, National Capital Commission

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NCC Media Relations

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