We are in a unique position to influence the future of the region and encourage sustainable behaviours. We will promote low-impact transportation and development projects, and help the region adapt to climate change.

We have committed to five actions and 11 indicators under the “Effective action on climate change” goal.

Our actions

Each action has a set of indicators — with clear, concrete and measurable targets — to evaluate success. The status of each are as reported in the 2019-2020 annual report.

1.1. Promote low-impact transit in the National Capital Region.

Renew the Capital Pathway Strategic Plan by 2019 | Begun, off track

  • Following a final public consultation, we will present this plan to the Board of Directors for approval in October 2020.  

Renew the Parkways Policy by 2020 | Begun, on track

  • We are currently updating policies to better align with recent federal plans, sustainable development policies, management strategies and mobility trends. Following public consultation, we are planning to receive Board approval in early 2021 for the revised parkways policy.

Renew the regional sustainable transportation and mobility strategy by 2023 | Begun, on track

  • In 2019–2020, a consultant team studied regional sustainable transportation. It will report in early 2021.

1.2. Promote mixed-use developments in projects subject to NCC approval.

Reduce the average distance travelled by private vehicles to commute to work in federal employment nodes from the 2019 baseline | Begun, on track

  • Along with the City of Ottawa and Ville de Gatineau, we will launch a survey in 2020–2021 about commuting patterns around federal employment nodes.
  • Long-term planning efforts for federal employment nodes such as Tunney’s Pasture and Confederation Heights will aim to create complete communities with a mix of employment, residential and commercial uses.
  • We participated in Public Services and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Roadmap to Low-Carbon Federal Operations in the National Capital Region. This project will be finalized in 2020 and will identify opportunities in the transportation sector, including fleet and employee commuting. 

Reduce the percentage of private vehicle use to commute to work in federal employment nodes from the 2020 baseline | Not yet begun

  • Along with the City of Ottawa and Ville de Gatineau, we will launch a survey in 2020–2021 to gain information about commuting patterns around federal employment nodes.

1.3. Promote the development of surplus NCC contaminated sites and sites located near public transit.

Have 23 hectares of sites under contract for pollution removal and development by 2023 | Begun, off track

  • As of 2019–2020, we have sold 10.78 hectares of surplus NCC contaminated sites near transit nodes for the development of the City of Ottawa’s light rail transit project. Remediation of these sites will take place as required.
  • Following the recently approved LeBreton Flats preliminary Master Concept Plan, we will manage the main portion of the contamination (located in the Parks District) “on-site” in line with the latest provincial directions. The rest of the plan will be phased and implemented over time. The Library Parcel and at least another phase are targeted to be under contract by 2023. 

1.4. Evaluate the risk of climate change impacts, and develop an adaptation and resiliency plan.

Complete a research study for the Rideau Canal Skateway by 2019 | Begun, off track

  • We signed an agreement with the Standards Council of Canada to complete a research study to evaluate the risks of climate change impacts on the Rideau Canal Skateway. This study, planned to begin in 2020–2021, will also recommend risk mitigation and adaptation measures. The project will start later than originally planned due to the delayed availability of climate projections for the National Capital Region, which are required for this project.

Complete a research study for NCC assets, programs and services by 2020 | Begun, off track

  • Climate change projections for the National Capital Region are available. We will launch a request for proposals to assess the risks and vulnerabilities of our assets and operations in 2020–2021. Due to a delay in completing the climate projections, combined with delays related to the COVID-19 crisis, this project will be completed in 2021–2022.

Complete a climate change adaptation and resiliency plan by 2022 | Not yet begun

  • The climate change projections and research study on climate impacts on NCC assets, programs and services (see above) will help us create a climate change adaptation and resiliency plan.

Integrate climate change adaptation in all projects by 2023 | ⬤ Begun, on track

  • To date, only a few projects and plans — such as the restoration of the Voyageurs and Ottawa River pathways and Capital Pathway Strategic Plan — have considered climate change projections and impacts. The climate change projections will help the NCC integrate adaptive measures into projects and plans. For example, the Rideau Canal Skateway will be integrating climate change adaptation into its strategic and operational plans.

1.5. Install electric vehicle charging stations in NCC parking lots.

Install 10 electric vehicle charging stations on NCC properties by 2021 | Begun, on track 

  • There are six charging stations on NCC lands. We are identifying additional sites and determining usage standards to increase the number of charging stations on our properties.

LEGEND:

Begun, on track: Work toward this action has begun, and the project is on track to be completed on time and for the target to be met.
 Begun, off track: Work toward this action has begun, and issues have arisen that have required the timeline for the completion of the project to be extended or that will make it difficult to meet the target.
Will not meet target OR Target not met: The target for this action will not be met or has not been met.
Not yet begun: Work toward this action has not yet begun.