The Plan for Canada's Capital

The National Capital Commission is proud to present the Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067, the signature planning framework that will shape the vision for the nation’s capital until Canada’s bicentennial in 2067.

NCC approves Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067

As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, the NCC is proud to present the Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067, the signature planning framework that will shape the vision for the nation’s capital until Canada’s bicentennial in 2067.

The NCC’s Board of Directors recently approved The Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067. The Plan will be launched officially on May 9, 2017, at a special breakfast event at the Shaw Centre, in collaboration with the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. We will also host a panel discussion on the plan in our Capital Urbanism Lab on May 9, 2017.

From June 29 to September 30, 2017, the NCC and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society will present a special exhibit on the Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067, at 50 Sussex Drive.

What is the Plan for Canada’s Capital?

This plan builds on previous plans and Capital-building projects which have made a lasting contribution and strongly influenced the unique character of Canada’s Capital Region.

In December 2015, we launched an online public consultation to identify 17 major milestone projects that will transform the Capital over the next 50 years. We heard that you cherish its waterways and natural spaces, as well as its national symbols and museums. We received over 1,200 big ideas.

The Plan for Canada’s Capital, 2017–2067 lays out the broad vision for the future of the Capital. In particular, the plan

  • outlines the vision for the use of federal lands, buildings, parks, transportation facilities and symbolic spaces in the Capital;
  • ensures that the Capital continues to be nationally significant and supportive of federal institutions;
  • identifies three themes and the strategic principles in the Capital that will reflect our growth as a nation, build a lasting legacy for future generations, and serve as a platform for Canada’s influence in the world;
  • outlines the role of government and its partners in implementing the plan; and
  • includes 17 milestone projects that will guide the next 50 years of Capital building.

2067 Vision for Canada’s Capital Region

Canada’s Capital Region

Canada’s Capital Region is a symbol of our country’s history and diversity, a true reflection of our democratic values and our commitment to a flourishing and sustainable future.

Inclusive and Meaningful

Inclusive and Meaningful

Protect and highlight the inspiring symbols that reflect our national identity, celebrate our values and achievements, and represent our indigenous heritage and citizens from across Canada.

Thriving and Connected

Thriving and Connected

Support a livable, resilient and economically competitive Capital Region.

Picturesque and Natural

Picturesque and Natural

Protect and enhance the Capital’s ecological jewels and natural features, and improve access to and animation of waterways, shorelines and the Capital green space network.

History of the Plan for Canada’s Capital

  1. Capital Plans, 1903 to 1949

    July 1, 1903
  2. Plan for the National Capital: General Report (Gréber Plan)

    July 1, 1950

    In the wake of the Second World War, this plan guided the transformation of Ottawa and Hull (now Gatineau), between 1958 and 1988, into an attractive, modern capital that inspires pride in Canadians. It focused on the following:

    • Creation of the National Capital Greenbelt
    • Expansion of Gatineau Park
    • Decentralization of federal government offices
    • Extension of the scenic parkway system
    • Relocation of railway tracks from the downtown core
    • Shoreline development and the building of recreational pathways
  3. Plan for Canada’s Capital: A Federal Land Use Plan

    July 1, 1988

    This plan helped to define an image of Canada’s Capital, in terms of its national significance and symbolic nature, through undertakings in the following areas:

    • Celebrations and national outreach
    • Restoration and beautification projects
    • Work to preserve heritage buildings
    • Major work on the rehabilitation of transportation and recreational pathway networks
    • Enhancement of symbolically important lands as sites for national museums
    • Interpretation programs and services for visitors to the Capital
    • Identification of the site at LeBreton Flats for a national museum
  4. Plan for Canada’s Capital

    July 1, 1999

    This plan launched several projects that enhanced the Capital’s symbolic role as the seat of the government of Canada:

    • Completion of Confederation Boulevard, the Capital’s ceremonial and discovery route
    • Acquisition of more land in Gatineau Park
    • Reconstruction and widening of the Champlain Bridge
    • Cleanup of LeBreton Flats at the site of the Canadian War Museum, development of LeBreton Flats Park and launch of a residential development project
    • Redevelopment of Boulevard des Allumettières and Maisonneuve Boulevard, and the installation of new public art
    • Acquisition of new lands in the Greenbelt to support the Mer Bleue Bog conservation site