National Capital Commission

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National Capital Commission
Native name
Commission de la capitale nationale
Crown corporation
Industry Property management,
urban planning
PredecessorFederal District Commission
Founded1959;61 years ago (1959)
Headquarters202–40 Elgin Street, ,
Area served
National Capital Region
Key people
Owner Government of Canada
Number of employees
419 (2017 [2] )

The National Capital Commission (NCC; French : Commission de la capitale nationale, CCN) is the Canadian Crown corporation responsible for development, urban planning, and conservation in the National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec), including administering most lands and buildings owned by the Government of Canada in the region. The NCC reports to the Parliament of Canada through whichever minister in the Cabinet of Canada is designated responsible for the National Capital Act, currently the Minister of Canadian Heritage.



The NCC was created by Parliament of Canada in 1959 through the National Capital Act to succeeded the former Federal District Commission (FDC), which has been established in 1927. The FDC, which itself had replaced the earlier Ottawa Improvement Commission created in 1899, had repeatedly failed to convince municipal governments to cooperate in planning efforts regarding the National Capital Region. [lower-alpha 1] The NCC was given the authority to implement its plans, an authority confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in Munro v National Capital Commission . [3]

After the 2006 elections, the Government of Canada asked for a formal review of the mandate of the NCC. A panel conducting the review, in its report, suggested that the Crown Corporation needed more money and should become more transparent. [4]


The day the mayors of Gatineau and Ottawa joined the NCC's Board of Directors. Left to right: Maxime Pedneau-Jobin (mayor of Gatineau), Jim Watson (mayor of Ottawa), Melanie Joly (Heritage Minister), Russell Andrew Mills (former NCC Chairperson) and Dr. Mark Kristmanson (NCC CEO). A11K0528.jpg
The day the mayors of Gatineau and Ottawa joined the NCC's Board of Directors. Left to right: Maxime Pedneau-Jobin (mayor of Gatineau), Jim Watson (mayor of Ottawa), Mélanie Joly (Heritage Minister), Russell Andrew Mills (former NCC Chairperson) and Dr. Mark Kristmanson (NCC CEO).

The NCC is the responsibility of the Minister of Public Works and Procurement, currently Anita Anand. [5] It is governed by the National Capital Act, [6] which explains the boundaries of the National Capital Region in great detail. Its headquarters are in the Chambers Building on Elgin Street, between Queen and Sparks Streets.

In the 28th Canadian Ministry, under Stephen Harper the NCC reported to Parliament through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, [7] [8] and then through senior Ottawa-area cabinet ministers, the last of whom was Pierre Poilievre. [9]

Since April 2016, the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau have held non-voting ex officio seats on the board. [10]

Chairpersons and CEOs (before 2008's amendment)


Chief Executive Officers


Rideau Canal Skateway Rideau Canal Skateway Ottawa.jpeg
Rideau Canal Skateway
Luskville Falls in Gatineau Park, in fall LuskvilleFalls GatineauPark.jpg
Luskville Falls in Gatineau Park, in fall

The role of the NCC is to champion the interests of Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding region as the nation's capital, typically with regard to issues of national interest, such as the location of monument and museum sites, and major streetscapes such as Confederation Boulevard.[ citation needed ]

The objects and purposes of the NCC are "to prepare plans for and assist in the development, conservation and improvement of the National Capital Region in order that the nature and character of the seat of the Government of Canada may be in accordance with its national significance." [16]

With 11% of the area’s landmass, the NCC is the largest landowner in Canada’s Capital Region. Its assets include:[ citation needed ]

The NCC is also the steward of the Capital’s six official residences: Rideau Hall, 24 Sussex Drive, Harrington Lake, Stornoway, The Farm and 7 Rideau Gate.

The continuing preservation, evolution and management of Confederation Boulevard, the ceremonial route linking key attractions in National Capital Region, on both sides of the Ottawa River, in Ottawa as well as Gatineau, Quebec, are the responsibility of the NCC and its partners.[ citation needed ]

These roles are in contrast with the mandates of the various municipal governments, which serve the benefit of their immediate resident, under provincial legislation, on issues like road maintenance, sewer, water and public transport.[ citation needed ]

The Government of Canada is the largest employer and largest landowner in these two areas, and the NCC thus has a great deal of influence over the cities. This has sometimes been criticized by city officials from Ottawa and Gatineau for a lack of cooperation, such as in 1998 when the NCC proposed levelling a large strip of downtown Ottawa to build a ceremonial boulevard along the city's existing Metcalfe Street.[ citation needed ]

Over the last thirty years, the activities of the NCC have been denounced or castigated by several Quebec governments. They considered municipal affairs to be a purely provincial jurisdiction, according to the constitution of Canada.[ citation needed ] Others have criticized the group for what they perceive to be poor or misguided planning decisions. [17]

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  1. See Gibson J., NCC v. Munro, Court of the Exchequer, 1965.