The NCC is planning the rehabilitation of the Sussex Courtyards in the ByWard Market. This area features one of the Capital’s oldest neighbourhoods and several heritage buildings.

About the courtyards

The Sussex Courtyards are a series of enclosed outdoor spaces behind the buildings on Sussex Drive in downtown Ottawa. They are popular pedestrian-scale spaces, mixing commercial, restaurant and residential buildings.

The courtyards include Clarendon Court, York Court, Jeanne d’Arc Court, Tin House Court and Beaux-Arts Court, as well as Clarendon Lane—a recent addition to the courtyard network.

About the rehabilitation plan

The NCC is developing a holistic plan to define and balance public, residential and commercial uses. The plan will also guide future work and address areas that need repair. The plan will ensure a consistent level of quality design throughout all six courtyards.

This NCC plan aims to:

  • restore and protect the courtyards’ character-defining heritage features
  • make them safer, more accessible and more attractive to tenants and the public

The rehabilitation plan will follow the directions of the Core Area Sector Plan. The NCC will also work with the City of Ottawa to align the rehabilitation with its ByWard Market Public Realm Plan.



  • Winter: Draft Schematic Design approval (first phase of the architectural design process)
  • Spring: Final Schematic Design approval
  • Summer: 100% Developed Design Approval for York and Clarendon courts and Clarendon Lane
  • Fall: Start of construction (Clarendon Lane)

Public engagement

The public consultation ran from June 15 to 29, 2022.

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