Capital Core Area Sector Plan

The Core Area of the Capital is endowed with remarkable natural and urban characteristics, exuding a strong and distinctive identity.

The heart of Canada’s Capital Region — the downtown cores of Ottawa and Gatineau — is called the “core area.” This plan applies to the federal lands in this area.

Vision for the core area

  • A unified space for working, living and celebrating Canada
  • A place for Canadians to gather and celebrate their sense of country


Capital Core Area Sector Plan review

The Capital Core Area Sector Plan was adopted by the NCC Board of Directors in 2005. The need to review the plan is to be assessed at least every five years. Any amendments to the plan’s policies are subject to the NCC’s federal land use, design and transaction approval process.