Beautiful, lively and sustainable cities are not built by mere chance. At their best, they express a shared vision through thoughtful urban planning. Continuity in long-range planning is an important aspect of a city’s ability to address challenges as they arise. Today, Canada’s Capital reflects its role as the symbolic heart of our nation and the home of our democratic institutions, conserving the legacy inherited from Todd, Bennett and Gréber.
To meet the needs of future generations, the Plan addresses the Capital’s evolving circumstances and the emergence of new challenges. To be inclusive of all Canadians, the Capital must continue to reflect the diversity of their beliefs, desires and values. It must integrate a deeper understanding of the Indigenous world-view and its culture of living sustainably on the land. Future changes should seek to augment the Capital’s quality of life, and its natural and cultural heritage, as the foundation for its economic competitiveness. As well, planners must be mindful of the unique dynamics and expectations associated with providing offices and accommodations for a federal public service, as these facilities form the administrative armature for the seat of our national government.
In previous plans for Canada’s Capital, the federal government took responsibility for coordinating a regional approach among the 20 local governments then in existence. Since the amalgamations of 2000, the regional planning emphasis has shifted to these municipalities and the regional municipal community.
THE NATIONAL CAPITAL: A HISTORY OF PLANNING AND VISION