Emerging Challenges for Tomorrow

Beautiful, lively and sustainable cities are not built by mere chance. At their best, they express a shared vision through thoughtful urban planning. Continuity in long-range planning is an important aspect of a city’s ability to address challenges as they arise. Today, Canada’s Capital reflects its role as the symbolic heart of our nation and the home of our democratic institutions, conserving the legacy inherited from Todd, Bennett and Gréber.

To meet the needs of future generations, the Plan addresses the Capital’s evolving circumstances and the emergence of new challenges. To be inclusive of all Canadians, the Capital must continue to reflect the diversity of their beliefs, desires and values. It must integrate a deeper understanding of the Indigenous world-view and its culture of living sustainably on the land. Future changes should seek to augment the Capital’s quality of life, and its natural and cultural heritage, as the foundation for its economic competitiveness. As well, planners must be mindful of the unique dynamics and expectations associated with providing offices and accommodations for a federal public service, as these facilities form the administrative armature for the seat of our national government.

In previous plans for Canada’s Capital, the federal government took responsibility for coordinating a regional approach among the 20 local governments then in existence. Since the amalgamations of 2000, the regional planning emphasis has shifted to these municipalities and the regional municipal community.

THE NATIONAL CAPITAL: A HISTORY OF PLANNING AND VISION

1857: Two years after Bytown was renamed Ottawa, Queen Victoria designates it the capital of the united Province of Canada.

1857: Two years after Bytown was renamed Ottawa, Queen Victoria designates it the capital of the united Province of Canada.

The Ottawa Improvement Commission is created. It marks the start of comprehensive planning of the “capital” elements of the region.

The Ottawa Improvement Commission is created. It marks the start of comprehensive planning of the “capital” elements of the region.

1903: Landscape architect Frederick Todd delivers his region plan in the Ottawa Improvement Commission report, emphasizing natural beauty and parkland.

1903: Landscape architect Frederick Todd delivers his region plan in the Ottawa Improvement Commission report, emphasizing natural beauty and parkland.

1915: The Holt Commission hires Edward Bennett, fresh from collaboration on the renowned Plan of Chicago. Bennett’s comprehensive city plan formalizes federal precincts, and creates a park in the Gatineau Hills.

1915: The Holt Commission hires Edward Bennett, fresh from collaboration on the renowned Plan of Chicago. Bennett’s comprehensive city plan formalizes federal precincts, and creates a park in the Gatineau Hills.

1950: Jacques Gréber’s city plan establishes many of the region’s lasting features, including federal campuses, ring roads and parkways, and the Greenbelt to contain urban growth.

1950: Jacques Gréber’s city plan establishes many of the region’s lasting features, including federal campuses, ring roads and parkways, and the Greenbelt to contain urban growth.

1999: The National Capital Commission publishes the Plan for Canada’s Capital. It elevates a thematic Capital-concept approach, and highlights the symbolic role of Confederation Boulevard.

1999: The National Capital Commission publishes the Plan for Canada’s Capital. It elevates a thematic Capital-concept approach, and highlights the symbolic role of Confederation Boulevard.

Creating a resilient, dynamic and liveable Capital Region

Ensuring global competitiveness

Integrating transportation and land use planning

Providing federal accommodations

Respecting nature, climate and sustainability

Adapting to a growing, aging and more diverse population