A Thriving and Connected Capital

A growing urban region presents many opportunities to make Canada’s Capital a cosmopolitan and appealing place to live, work and visit. “Thriving” means that the region is prosperous, lively and enjoyable. For example, the region’s wide range of social, economic and cultural opportunities includes built heritage as an attractive component of the economic and cultural landscape. Another is the ease of moving around and interacting with other people in public places to facilitate social connections.

Since Ottawa became the capital, the presence of the federal government has had a defining impact on the makeup of the region’s economy, through direct and indirect employment and spending, and through contributions to regional governments in the form of payments in lieu of taxes for lands other than parks. The Capital is a major tourist destination: national symbols and major commemorative events (such as Canada Day and Remembrance Day) draw significant numbers of visitors to the Capital Region.

Municipal and federal administrative jurisdictions have changed over time to reflect changes in urbanization and the region’s spatial structure. Nonetheless, more than ever, the region has the potential to function as a single economic and interconnected agglomeration.

A leading objective of this plan is to balance the Capital Region’s role in representing Canada to our nation and the world on the one hand, and to support the local interests of residents on the other. The Capital Region’s success relies on ensuring that the region remains a prosperous, vital and dynamic place.