The NCC is developing the Long-Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossing Plan. This plan will provide a strategic long-term framework to best manage crossings over the Ottawa River, as more and more people and goods cross back and forth between Ottawa and Gatineau.

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:

A vision
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

Priorities
Providing the way forward to achieve the vision and goals of the plan

Context

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.

Visioning, guiding principles, evaluation criteria and strategic directions
Background, context and existing conditions
Development, analysis and evaluation of future scenarios
The final version is expected to be ready in late 2021.


Public engagement

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