The Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossings Plan offers a vision and strategies for the interprovincial transport of people and goods in the National Capital Region. The plan guides the NCC and partnering agencies in their work to build a more sustainable transportation system. It addresses the challenges and uncertainties that face transportation in the region, now and in the future.

About the plan

The NCC Board of Directors approved the Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossings Plan in January 2022.

Vision

By 2050, the transportation network to cross the Ottawa River will provide well-connected and sustainable travel options that contribute to a high quality of life and economic prosperity in the National Capital Region. The system of crossings will support equitable mobility and the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, while respecting the region’s natural environment and cultural heritage.

Strategies

The plan proposes three groups of strategies that offer the potential to collectively deliver the shared vision.

Short-term (0 to 5 years)

Actions that quickly move toward achieving goals and objectives. Examples include:

  • Increase electric vehicle charging stations and adopt zero-emissions fleet.
  • Expand cycling initiatives along key interprovincial routes.
  • Start a joint regional truck route and goods movement study.
  • Expand programs to encourage sustainable transportation at federal workplaces.
  • Work with partners on the national capital travel survey in 2022.

Medium-term (5 to 10 years)

Actions that need longer-term decision making or capital investment. Examples include:

  • Improve the integration of the interprovincial transit system and service.
  • Coordinate interprovincial mobility sharing programs (i.e. e-scooters, bike sharing and so on).
  • Encourage the use of zero-emission vehicles.
  • Encourage transition to low-carbon / smaller vehicles for goods movement.

Long-term (beyond 10 years)

Actions that need further study, or actions that may be influenced by short- and medium-term actions. Examples include:

  • Implement an interprovincial transit loop within the core area to support strengthened connectivity.

Public engagement

The NCC has developed the plan in collaboration with its federal, provincial and municipal partners. It has consulted stakeholders and communities. Over 3,000 people have participated in different engagement activities.

The feedback provided by participants has informed the drafting of the plan at every stage of the process. Public input collected during each of phase of public consultation is summarized in reports below.