The National Capital Core Area Plan has been shaping major projects on federal lands in the National Capital Core Area. The current plan’s vision, policy, and project horizon extend until 2025, but much has changed since its approval in 2005. We are now reviewing the plan to adapt it to current needs as we consider new priorities and challenges.

What is the National Capital Core Area?

Political and geographical factors combine to create a unique planning context for the National Capital Core Area.

The National Capital Core Area is the hub of the National Capital Region along the shore of the majestic Ottawa River. It spans across two municipalities and two provinces, each with their own administration and their own priorities. It is a wonderful area where you can appreciate the natural and historical heritage.

Vision for the renewed plan

The National Capital Core Area is a beautiful, sustainable, vibrant, and entertaining space to work, live and discover Canada. It is a place where all Canadians and visitors can gather and celebrate, in all seasons.

The National Capital Core Area features buildings and public spaces of national significance, including the seat of the Government of Canada.

During the review process, we will collaborate with various partners, residents and Canadians around shared values including reconciliation, inclusion, climate change, environmental sustainability, active mobility, and transportation.

About the plan review


The renewed plan aims to:

  • Engage and collaborate with local residents, visitors, stakeholders and all Canadians.
  • Highlight federal presence as a source of pride and a reflection of democracy.
  • Guide resilience and sustainability in the National Capital Region.
  • Position the capital as a vibrant, meaningful, and inspiring space for all Canadians.
  • Build a beautiful and majestic capital that promotes excellence in architecture and urban design.
  • Contribute to the economic success of the National Capital Region.
  • Promote sustainable public transit and active mobility.

Process and timeline

Phase 1 (completed) 

  • Establish the project scope and requirements

Phase 2 (completed) 

  • Analyze existing conditions

Phase 3 (in progress) 

  • Establish a vision, principles and strategic directions
  • Stakeholder consultation: spring-summer 2023
  • Public consultation: summer-fall 2023

Phase 4

  • Draft plan
  • Stakeholder and public consultation: spring-summer 2024

Phase 5 

  • Approve plan: January 2025