Its development is a collaborative effort between federal, provincial and municipal governments.
About the plan
The plan will propose a sustainable and integrated interprovincial mobility framework with a vision from now to 2050. It will look at all river crossings as a part of a whole, and will include the following:
Favouring seamless connectivity and the movement of people and goods over the movement of private vehicle traffic
Goals and strategies
Defining what we collectively want to achieve by 2050, and how we plan to do it
Providing the way forward to achieve the vision and goals of the plan
The National Capital Region, specifically the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, between which the Ottawa River flows, is an intense hub of economic, social and tourism activity. It is one of Canada’s fastest-growing large urban regions.
Ensuring that people and goods can move efficiently across the Ottawa River is critical to the effective functioning of the region.
The plan will consider several factors:
- Existing interprovincial transportation conditions
- Population and employment growth
- Current and future interprovincial travel demands
- Public health and safety
- Quality of life and economic prosperity
- Land use plans and trends
- Preservation of the natural environment
- Climate change and resilience
- New technologies and innovations in mobility
- Sustainable and effective movement of goods by truck, including the associated impacts
Process and timeline
The 2019 federal budget directed that the NCC develop the Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossing Plan in collaboration with both provincial and municipal governments.
The development of the plan is under way, and will be undertaken in four phases.
As part of the development of this plan, we will consult stakeholders, partners and members of the public. We will also engage with Indigenous communities.
Engagement with the public will be organized as follows:
- In Phase 2, to seek comments on the vision, guiding principles and criteria for evaluating options
- In Phase 3, to seek comments on future scenarios
- In Phase 4, as part of the review of the final draft plan