The development and maintenance of Confederation Boulevard is shaped by the Confederation Boulevard Guidelines, which were last approved in 2011. We are currently updating this document to inform and influence the long-term planning, design and stewardship for this important ceremonial route, in keeping with the National Capital Core Area Plan.
What is Confederation Boulevard?
The 7.5-kilometre route forms a loop that connects both sides of the Ottawa River and features national institutions, heritage sites, monuments and festival plazas. It includes important portions of streets in downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, such as Wellington Street, Elgin Street, Sussex Drive, Mackenzie Avenue and Laurier Street. It also includes the Alexandra and Portage bridges.
About the review process
The updated document will reflect current planning and stewardship practices and trends. Particular attention will be given to updating the guidelines regarding active mobility, public transit, accessibility, urban design and sustainability.
Updating the guidelines will help the federal government, regional partners and stakeholders achieve design excellence, in addition to guiding planning processes and investment decisions throughout the region.
The current guidelines include the following principles:
- Projecting a memorable image of Canadian values, heritage and achievements
- Serving as a vibrant public space to experience the National Capital Region
- Putting pedestrians first in mobility considerations
- Ensuring universal accessibility
- Implementing sustainability in all elements of design
In reviewing the guidelines, we will consider how these principles and supporting practices have evolved since 2011. This will allow us to better plan, design and maintain the boulevard over the long term.
Process and timeline
Fall 2023 (completed)
- Review current guidelines and conditions
Winter-spring 2024 (in progress)
- Stakeholder engagement
- Initial round of public engagement in alignment with the National Capital Core Area Plan
- Draft updated guidelines
- Final round of public and stakeholder engagement
- Submission of updated guidelines to NCC Board of Directors for approval