National Institutions

In 2067, the national institutions will continue to be beacons of Canadian achievement in culture and science. They represent Canada and Canadians to the world, and contribute significantly to the identity, pride and signature of the Capital, including its digital signature in a connected world.

Confederation Boulevard serves as an organizing principle for the Capital’s core. This ceremonial and discovery route links Parliament to six national institutions on Wellington Street, continues across the river and along the Quebec shoreline and then back across the river into the Sussex North area. The Boulevard’s extensions on national parkways, driveways, pathways and prominent view corridors together form a route that connects six more national institutions, as well as other important sites and symbols of national significance.

The national institutions discussed above combine to create a distinctively Canadian experience for residents and visitors to the Capital. The NCC’s plans will foster links between the spheres of scientific research, the arts and heritage. Over the next 50 years, the social and cultural fabric of the Capital will be enriched by the evolution of these institutions and the creation of new institutions to reflect Canada as it grows through the 21st century.

The NCC respects these venerable institutions, and will support their future expansion, as required. The location of future institutions, normally on federal lands, will be considered in collaboration with the relevant municipality, to the extent that a new institution may have an impact on its immediate surroundings.


Key policy directions for the next 50 years

  1. The NCC will work with federal institutions to promote their renewal, and their ongoing contribution to the region’s quality of life, through the approval of updated master plans and development strategies.
  2. The NCC will maintain an inventory of lands suitable for new or extended national cultural institutions, generally along the parkways and Confederation Boulevard, to meet the needs of future generations. The NCC will use its land base in Jacques-Cartier Park North, east of the Canadian War Museum, and south of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for this purpose. As new facilities are needed, the NCC will work with federal departments and agencies to locate appropriate sites that will support the long-term development of the National Capital Region.
  3. The NCC will work with federal institutions to foster exemplary design in architecture, landscape and illumination.
  4. The NCC will encourage museums to extend outdoors with year-round activities, thereby attracting more people to enjoy their grounds, especially on the shorelines of the Ottawa River.
  5. The NCC will encourage national institutions to collaborate in creating a compelling online digital signature for the physical Capital.
  6. The NCC will work with the departments, agencies and organizations concerned to support the development of showcases of the various Canadian scientific achievements in the Capital.