We are making our green spaces more accessible, and educating people about nature and conservation on NCC-managed lands.

We have committed to three actions and three indicators under the “Connecting Canadians with nature” 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.

9.1 Partner with local organizations to engage people in conservation on NCC-managed lands.

Increase the number of people using and supporting NCC parks and green spaces, through new partnerships | Begun, on track

  • We established two new partnerships in Gatineau Park to connect Canadians with nature:
  • A partnership with Parkbus has increased equitable access to Gatineau Park.
  • A partnership with MOBI-O has promoted safety for people and animals along the parkways.
  • We offered these new programs in addition to the many others we run to connect Canadians with nature. These include school programs, programs for new Canadians, learn-to-camp programs, Parks Day and the Winter Carnival.
  • The Mud Lake Vegetation Management Project, an initiative to control invasive plant species in this important urban natural habitat, was successful. A total of 56 elementary students volunteered to help control invasive species in the Mud Lake area.
  • Our Indigenous Affairs Division supported outreach programs with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. These programs engaged 40 First Nations youth in wilderness conservation in Gatineau Park and along the Ottawa River.

    9.2 Promote public transit as a way to access Capital parks and green spaces.

    Complete a study of green space accessibility, and recommend ways to increase accessibility by public transit | Not yet begun

    • We have not yet begun work toward this action, but we have reviewed sustainable transportation options as part of the Gatineau Park Master Plan. This project aims to improve equity in terms of Park access and experiences. It also aims to reduce the impact of motor vehicles in the Park.
    • We are also contributing to the City of Ottawa’s policy review about improving accessibility to green spaces.

    9.3 Install new bike share locations in NCC-managed urban green spaces.

    Increase the number of bike share locations on NCC-managed lands | Begun, on track

    • We are continuing to discuss a local approach to bike share locations with the City of Ottawa and Ville de Gatineau.


    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.