These projects follow the Government of Canada’s $55 million investment announced in the 2018 federal budget.
This investment in support of critical repair and maintenance will assist the NCC in ensuring that major infrastructure assets remain safe, resilient and enjoyable for current and future generations of residents and visitors to Canada’s Capital Region.
The NCC’s major infrastructure projects will see two phases:
- Phase 1, 2018–19: planning and design, disbursing approximately $13 million
- Phase 2, 2019–20: execution and construction, disbursing approximately $42 million
Regular status updates will be provided to the public and media representatives as projects move forward.
The NCC will continue to work with the Government of Canada and all of its partners and stakeholders to ensure that infrastructure and other valuable federal assets are restored and maintained to meet the needs of Canadians, as they define the symbolic, natural and cultural significance of Canada’s Capital Region.
Pathways and Flooding
The NCC will invest approximately $6 million into the restoration of multiple pathways and infrastructures severely impacted by the spring 2017 flood.
Ecological restoration in the Lac-des-Fées Pathway area
The ecological restoration project in the Lac-des-Fées Pathway area aimed to enhance ecological integrity and reduce habitat fragmentation.
De l'Île Pathway
The De l’Île Pathway, which had some significant heaving and cracking issues, has been rehabilitated to ensure a safe and stable pathway for all users.
The Champlain Bridge parking lot, an aging key parking area which partially collapsed after the 2017 flood, was moved, rehabilitated and made more resilient.
Leamy Lake electrical distribution system
The Leamy Lake electrical distribution system, badly damaged during the spring 2017 flood, will be rehabilitated sustainably to a higher flood-proof standard in order to ensure resiliency in the event of future floods.
Britannia Pathway Wall Rehabilitation
A 560-metre section of the Britannia pathway wall between Kempster Avenue and Maplehurst Avenue will be rehabilitated to increase its resiliency and longevity.
Shoreline erosion on Victoria Island
Stabilization work will prevent further erosion and improve shoreline protection.
The NCC will invest $21.8 million approximately into the restoration of bridges.
Widening of Cycle Track and Resurfacing of Portage Bridge
The widening of the cycle track and the rehabilitation of the asphalt surface of the Portage Bridge will improve safety and user comfort.
Replacement of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway LeBreton Bridge
The replacement of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway LeBreton Bridge with a new structure will improve safety and user comfort.
Rehabilitation of the Hog’s Back Swing Bridge
As many of the bridge’s components have reached the end of their life cycle, the bridge will be rehabilitated to extend the remaining service life by 20 to 30 years. This rehabilitation will provide a reliable and durable bridge.
The NCC will invest approximately $12.8 million into the restoration of buildings.
Revitalization of the NCC River House, 501 Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway
To protect this heritage building — a historic landmark — and to make it universally accessible for all to enjoy year-round, several elements will be restored.
Roads, Parkways and Walls
The NCC will invest approximately $6.7 million into the restoration of multiple roads, parkways and walls.
O’Brien–Willson access road
The rehabilitation of the 1.4-kilometre access road to the O’Brien House and Willson House will improve safety, operation and maintenance.
Philippe Lake Parkway
The rehabilitation work on the Philippe Lake Parkway, one of the main arteries in Gatineau Park, will improve drainage operation and maintenance.
Kingswood access road
Constructed in 1950, this road leads to the Kingswood Cottage, a recognized federal heritage building. Most needed is work on the service road and the hydro line.
Blair Road boat launch
The Blair Road boat launch is located near a gravel parking lot adjacent to the NCC’s Ottawa River multi-use pathway. This location is a great spot for launching smaller boats to explore the river and nearby islands.
Green space and tree rehabilitation
Investment of approximately $4.5 million will start implementation of replanting strategies, as progress is made toward completing the management of the emerald ash borer’s devastating infestation.
Restoring the Site of the Watts Creek Sewage Treatment Plant
In 2014, to address public safety concerns, the NCC began phase 1 of a project to decommission the Watts Creek Sewage Treatment Plant. Phase 2 continued in late 2018, and the site was renaturalized in July 2019.
Repairs to Commissioners Park water systems
The NCC is in the process of partially replacing the park’s water systems. Work should be completed by the end of fall 2020. Until then, partial park closures are to be expected, to ensure public safety and security.
Monuments, commemorations and public art
The NCC will invest approximately $1.5 million for long-deferred life cycle interventions
Great Lakes Fountain
To breathe new life into this structure, a lighting system was installed which will mimic the flow of water.