Capital Urban Green Spaces

Parks, urban green space and green linear corridors are smaller pockets of land that form a network of open spaces in the urban areas of the Capital, and supplement the larger green spaces found in Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt and on the shorelines. The Capital urban green spaces create a network that contributes to the image of Canada’s Capital as a truly unique green city. Green spaces are the living and breathing part of a bigger whole, which contribute greatly to quality of life in the larger urban region. Likewise, the open space system provides recreational opportunities and builds ecological capacity in the overall Capital Region.

The NCC manages this network of precious green spaces to provide accessible places for people to enjoy and explore, and to ensure the long-term viability of the region’s biodiversity. The large Capital parks will continue to serve as venues for events and activities that serve to animate the Capital.

Key policy directions for the next 50 years

  1. The NCC will retain open space lands of national significance that perform Capital functions.
  2. As part of its regional interest land mass, the NCC may hold land under federal ownership that does not serve a Capital function, but supports an essential regional function, either in perpetuity or until an appropriate local steward is found who can maintain the lands as open space.
  3. The management of forested and treed areas on federal urban property will require the development of an urban forest management policy and rejuvenation actions. Federal agencies will work in close collaboration with the municipalities affected, some of which have developed policies in this respect.
  4. The NCC will work with its partners to create and secure, over the long term, quiet places and sheltered areas to protect the night sky in designated sectors of the Capital’s network of urban green spaces.
  5. The NCC will work with municipalities, conservation agencies and other partners to develop ecological linkages from the urban parks and open space network to broader ecological networks.