The Capital Illumination Plan represents the federal government’s key statement on illuminating the core area of the National Capital Region, under the guidance of the Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067

Capital Illumination : Night Walks

The night walks activity is part of the 2nd phase of the development of the Plan.

What is a lighting master plan?

A lighting master plan enhances the beauty, safety and enjoyment of a city after dark, and shapes the identity of a place. It includes recommendations related to the following.

  • Urban environment: Access and wayfinding for public spaces, public safety and comfort, and the protection of natural areas
  • Artistic lighting: The creation of ambiances, specialty lighting, colour temperature and temporary light installations
  • Energy savings: The management of investment costs, programming for energy savings and the maintenance of lighting infrastructure
  • Natural environment: The reduction of light pollution, night biotope protection, environmental footprint of the global lighting system and recycling sources

Our vision for illumination in the Capital

The vision set out in the Capital Illumination Plan is as follows: 

The nighttime Capital offers memorable experiences, showcases its distinctive character and contributes to a sustainable future. 

The objectives of the Capital Illumination Plan

  • Enhance the Capital’s nighttime beauty.
  • Enrich the resident and visitor experience.
  • Promote environmentally responsible lighting practices.
  • Support existing planning, heritage conservation and urban design strategies.
  • Strengthen ties and collaboration between federal partners, the City of Ottawa, Ville de Gatineau, and other public- and private-sector stakeholders.

Showcase illumination projects

Richmond Landing Shoreline

Richmond Landing is located on the Ottawa River, on the east side of the Portage Bridge. The site is a promontory jutting into the Ottawa River, a quiet oasis in the urban heart of the Capital.

National Holocaust Monument

In September 2017, the Government of Canada inaugurated the National Holocaust Monument at the corner of Wellington and Booth streets in Canada’s Capital.

Rideau Hall

The lighting was designed with a soft touch using residential lighting principles.

National Arts Centre

The new entrance was proposed by the architects and lighting team to incorporate an illuminated “lantern” tower.

Capital Illumination Plan Review

The Capital Illumination Plan, 2017–2027, was approved by the Board of Directors on September 12, 2017. It is focused on the future, with a timeline extending to 2027. Implementation of the final plan has begun.