Confederation Heights: Realize the Potential

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Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) are working together, along with a team of consultants, in consultation with Indigenous Peoples, landowners, and a broad range of stakeholders, to develop a comprehensive Master Plan for Confederation Heights. The Master Plan will establish a vision for the site, which is expected to transition over the next 25 years from an automobile-oriented employment hub into a mixed-use, sustainable community with a continued strong federal government employment presence.

Assisting Canada Lands and PSPC is a consulting team led by Fotenn Planning + Design from Ottawa.

About the Partners

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Canada Lands Company is a self-financing federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate development and attraction management. Its mission is to obtain the best economic and community value from former government properties and the management and operations of certain attractions such as the CN Tower and Downsview Park in Toronto, and the Montreal Science Centre and the Old Port of Montreal.

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Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for managing office space for federal departments and agencies across Canada, including a significant portion of lands and buildings in Confederation Heights.

Objectives of the Master Plan

The current City of Ottawa Confederation Heights Secondary Plan is approximately 25 years old and requires an update to ensure that it meets the needs of a growing city. The goal is to turn Confederation Heights into a complete community that provides employment, amenities, connections, and housing that will appeal to a wide and diverse population.

The area’s history and context, including proximity to the Rideau River, National Capital Commission parkland, and planned public transit infrastructure, will shape the master plan and address aspects such as land uses, building heights, densities, site design, sustainability, housing, parks and open space, heritage considerations, as well as pedestrian, cycling, transit and vehicular connections and wayfinding.

Overview of the Site

Confederation Heights is a federal employment area located approximately five kilometres south of Ottawa’s downtown core, totalling approximately 188 hectares/465 acres. The site is bound by the Rideau River to the north and west, Data Centre Road and Sawmill Creek to the east, and Brookfield Road to the south. Property owners on and adjacent to the study area include the Government of Canada, the National Capital Commission, Health Canada, Canada Post, the City of Ottawa, and CN Rail.



Learn

Learn more about the history and evolution of the site here

Project Timeline


Next Steps

The public engagement process will offer several opportunities to participate as part of the master planning process. We encourage you to stay involved in the process and help us shape Confederation Heights for the coming decades.


Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that the City of Ottawa is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe People who have lived on this land for millennia. We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land. We also recognize and respect the cultural diversity that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people bring to the City of Ottawa.


Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) are working together, along with a team of consultants, in consultation with Indigenous Peoples, landowners, and a broad range of stakeholders, to develop a comprehensive Master Plan for Confederation Heights. The Master Plan will establish a vision for the site, which is expected to transition over the next 25 years from an automobile-oriented employment hub into a mixed-use, sustainable community with a continued strong federal government employment presence.

Assisting Canada Lands and PSPC is a consulting team led by Fotenn Planning + Design from Ottawa.

About the Partners

Canada Lands Company Logo

Canada Lands Company is a self-financing federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate development and attraction management. Its mission is to obtain the best economic and community value from former government properties and the management and operations of certain attractions such as the CN Tower and Downsview Park in Toronto, and the Montreal Science Centre and the Old Port of Montreal.

Public Services and Procurement Canada Logo
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for managing office space for federal departments and agencies across Canada, including a significant portion of lands and buildings in Confederation Heights.

Objectives of the Master Plan

The current City of Ottawa Confederation Heights Secondary Plan is approximately 25 years old and requires an update to ensure that it meets the needs of a growing city. The goal is to turn Confederation Heights into a complete community that provides employment, amenities, connections, and housing that will appeal to a wide and diverse population.

The area’s history and context, including proximity to the Rideau River, National Capital Commission parkland, and planned public transit infrastructure, will shape the master plan and address aspects such as land uses, building heights, densities, site design, sustainability, housing, parks and open space, heritage considerations, as well as pedestrian, cycling, transit and vehicular connections and wayfinding.

Overview of the Site

Confederation Heights is a federal employment area located approximately five kilometres south of Ottawa’s downtown core, totalling approximately 188 hectares/465 acres. The site is bound by the Rideau River to the north and west, Data Centre Road and Sawmill Creek to the east, and Brookfield Road to the south. Property owners on and adjacent to the study area include the Government of Canada, the National Capital Commission, Health Canada, Canada Post, the City of Ottawa, and CN Rail.



Learn

Learn more about the history and evolution of the site here

Project Timeline


Next Steps

The public engagement process will offer several opportunities to participate as part of the master planning process. We encourage you to stay involved in the process and help us shape Confederation Heights for the coming decades.


Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

We recognize that the City of Ottawa is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe People who have lived on this land for millennia. We extend our respect to all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples for their valuable past and present contributions to this land. We also recognize and respect the cultural diversity that First Nations, Inuit and Métis people bring to the City of Ottawa.

  • Round 2 Public Engagement Wrap Up

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    On behalf of Canada Lands Company, Public Services and Procurement Canada, and our entire consulting team, I am pleased to advise that the As We Heard It Report from the November 23, 2023 Public Engagement Sessions and the Self-guided Virtual Tour is now available in the Document Library of the Confederation Heights Project Website (https://engage.clc-sic.ca/25963/widgets/108831/documents/128521).

    All of the input received will be extremely helpful in guiding us to the next phase of the Master Plan exercise. We thank you for your time and dedication to the master planning process and look forward to keeping you updated on next steps.

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    If you didn't get a chance to join us in person during the master planning workshop, or would like to add to what you may have already contributed, the project team is pleased to offer you an additional opportunity to provide feedback. This interactive activity can be completed at your leisure and at your own pace until January 15, 2024, at which time an ‘As We Heard It’ report will be compiled highlighting the engagement findings and published thereafter.


    These public workshop style meetings specifically focused on the Confederation Heights Master Plan potential concept options for redevelopment of the approximately 188 hectares (465 acres) of federal lands.


    What to expect about this interactive activity?


    After viewing the presentation and the video on this page, the project team is seeking your perspective through a questionnaire on the three concept options entitled:

    Concept Theme 1: Gateway to the Capital

    Concept Theme 2: Recreational District

    Concept Theme 3: Intensify and Urbanize


    Although each concept is different, the presentation will assist you in understanding the unique features of each approach. We are seeking your input which will be added to the voices of those who already took part during our public and stakeholder engagement exercises.


    Many thanks and we look forward to hearing your ideas!


    The Confederation Heights Team



  • Confederation Heights Concept Options Workshop - Our Engagement Continues

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    Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada would like to thank those who participated in our November 23 Concept Options workshop sessions. Your valued input is greatly appreciated.


    If you were unable to attend or wish to provide additional input, we have an interactive activity for you to take part in, coming soon on our project website platform.


    You will be notified once the information is uploaded.

    In the meantime, we appreciate your interest and participation and look forward to seeing you at our next engagement event.


    Confederation Heights Project Team

  • Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada invites the community to an interactive workshop to review and discuss three draft master plan concept options.

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    About this event

    After completing two years of study, conversations, consultations and engagement, Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada are now ready to present three draft master plan concept options for Confederation Heights. The partners are hosting an in-person workshop for the community and the public to review and discuss the three options.

    Space is limited, register early.

    To accommodate your schedule, this in-person meeting will be held twice in one day:

    • Register here for the Afternoon Session: Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Register here for the Evening Session: Thursday, November 23, 2023 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

    LOCATION: St. Elias Centre at 750 Ridgewood Avenue

    Please indicate in advance of the meeting if you wish to sit at a French-speaking table.

    Pre-recorded Presentation and Interactive Activity

    If you can’t join us in person, you can go to our website and provide your input though an online activity, which will be available shortly after the workshop.

    What to expect

    The project team will present three draft concept plan options that have been developed over the last two (2) years with input from many stakeholders.

    The purpose of the in-person workshop is to get input on the three options. All input received from you and other stakeholders will inform a preferred final draft concept.

    Working towards a final Master Plan

    Next steps for the Confederation Heights project team will be to piece together the draft final master plan that will be presented at a follow up public information meeting anticipated for mid-2024.


  • Closed - Self-Directed, On-Site Tour of Confederation Heights

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    We are pleased to launch a self-directed, on-site tour of Confederation Heights. This tour will provide an opportunity for you to explore the site online or in person and learn more about its many landmarks.

    After the tour, we are seeking your perspective through a questionnaire. The input you provide will assist our team in the planning process. This interactive activity can be completed at your leisure and at your own pace until the end of November.

    Here is how it works:

    1. Go to our specially created application: http://chvirtualtour.ca/.
    2. Read the welcome message.
    3. Click on a pin to learn more information about that area of the map.
    4. Fill out our questionnaire: https://engage.clc-sic.ca/realize-the-potential/survey_tools/virtual-site-tour-questions.

    We hope you find this tour informative and fun, and we look forward to getting your input. Should you have any questions, please send us an email at confederationheights@clc-sic.ca and we will respond to you during normal business hours.

  • Confederation Heights “Big Ideas” Workshop Wrap-Up – Our Engagement Continues

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    Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada would like to thank those who participated in our June 7 and June 9 “Big Ideas” workshop sessions. Your valued input is greatly appreciated.

    If you were unable to attend or wish to provide additional input, we have two interactive activities for you to take part in. Click on the “Places” and/or “Ideas” tab on the main page to begin.

    We also have a recording of the workshop presentation as well as a PDF copy of the presentation available in our Resource Library.

    A summary of this phase of our engagement process will be available soon on this website.

    Once again, we appreciate your interest and participation and look forward to seeing you at our next engagement event. At this time our team is anticipating hosting an in-person walking tour of the site early this fall! Stay tuned for more details.

    Have a great summer!
    Confederation Heights Project Team

  • CLC and PSPC are excited to invite you to the second public meeting,a workshop, regarding the master plan for Confederation Heights

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    About this event

    Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) are excited to invite you to the second public meeting, a workshop, regarding the master plan for Confederation Heights.

    Space is limited, register early.

    In order to accommodate your schedule, this virtual bilingual meeting will be offered twice:

    • Register for the Evening Session: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm
    • Register for the Afternoon Session: Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm

    Please attend the virtual date and time that works best for you.


    The purpose of the meeting is to present the Vision and Guiding Principles for the site followed by a facilitated ‘big ideas’ workshop discussion that will assist the project team in developing our design approach for the lands.

    The goal of the master plan is to transform the site into a mixed-use, transit-oriented, sustainable community.

    In terms of an agenda, we look forward to discussing the following topics:

    • Where we are to date in the process
    • Presentation of the Vison and Guiding Principles
    • Facilitated workshop, an exchange of aspirational ideas for the site
    • What happens next

    This is the second meeting in a series of opportunities for you to provide input into the Confederation Heights Master Plan. Canada Lands and PSPC will reflect on the feedback received as the process moves forward.

    At the workshop facilitators will ask you the following questions:

    1. Picture Confederation Heights in 30 years. What does it look like and what does it offer?
    2. What types of uses and amenities would you like to see and where would you like them to be?
    3. What type of buildings would you like to see?
    4. How do we improve connections to and from the site? As well as within the site?
    5. How important is sustainability to you and what would you like to see in the master plan?

    We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!


    If you unable to attend the workshop you can participate online starting June 10.

  • Confederation Heights: Next Steps

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    Canada Lands Company and Public Services and Procurement Canada have been working hard on the next steps of the Confederation Heights master planning process. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

    We’ve created our Public Advisory Committee.

    We received many excellent submissions last fall to participate in our Public Advisory Committee — thank you to everyone and every organization that applied!

    We are pleased to advise that we’ve completed our selection process for our Public Advisory Committee. The group includes diverse members with a range of knowledge and expertise. We look forward to working with them and benefitting from their perspectives as we move forward toward a new vision for Confederation Heights. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the PAC Members List.

    Our As We Heard It report is now available.

    Our first As We Heard It report is now available in the Resource Library.

    The report is a summary of all the feedback and input we’ve received so far from you and other stakeholders.

    Your comments will help us develop a vision and guiding principles for the site, and shape the emerging ideas for the master plan.

    We’ve set dates for our next public meeting.

    We're getting ready for our next public event, which will be a workshop. So, get ready to roll up your sleeves! During this workshop, we'll present our vision and guiding principles for this site, and we'll be asking for your feedback on emerging ideas we’ve been working on.

    We’ll be hosting two bilingual sessions and the same information will be shared at both meetings.

    You will be able to register for the workshop here. We'll send you a note when registration opens. To allow as many people as possible to participate, please register for one session only. Space will be limited, so be sure to register early. If you can’t make either workshop, not to worry – you’ll have the opportunity to participate online.

    In the meantime...

    Read about the goals of the Confederation Heights Master Plan.

    View our public meeting materials from our first meeting in November 2021.

    Discover the history and how the site has evolved.

    Learn about the project timeline and next steps.

    Tell us your story about the site and how you foresee the future of Confederation Heights evolving over the coming decades.

    Subscribe to our newsletter so that we can notify you when registration opens! We look forward to seeing you soon!


    Confederation Heights Master Plan Team


    PAC Members List

    Name Title Affiliation

    Riley Brockington

    Councillor

    Ward 16 - River

    Shawn Menard

    Councillor

    Ward 17 - Capital

    Kate Cathrae

    President

    Riverside Park Community Association (Ward 16)

    Linda Gama-Pinto

    Vice-President

    Heron Park Community Association (Ward 17)

    Michele Brenning

    Chair, Health Issues Committee

    The Council on Aging of Ottawa

    Jerry Fiori

    Ottawa Disability Coalition

    Volunteer Chair

    Dave Robertson Bike Ottawa

    Connor Renouf


    Community Representative

    Pat Buckley


    Community Representative

    Robert Lendvai


    Community Representative

    Xavier Bradbury-Jost

    Student in Urban & Regional Planning

    Community Representative

    Michel Haddad


    Community Representative

    Sheila Jamieson


    Community Representative


  • Apply to be on our public advisory committee!

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    We have extended the deadline to receive applications from organizations and individuals who wish to participate on our Public Advisory Committee. Help us shape the future of Confederation Heights!

    The new deadline is January 14, 2022.

    To apply please fill-out the form under the “Application Form” tab!

  • Round 1 Public Engagement Wrap Up

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    Thank you to those who joined us for one of our first two rounds of public engagement sessions. We were very pleased to see so many people participate. We received great questions relating to parks and green space, affordable housing, government office accommodation, heritage buildings and more. To watch the recording of the meeting, please click here.

    Please fill out the survey, tell us your story, participate in the discussion surrounding our special assignment, fill out our application to become a member of our Public Advisory Committee or ask the team your questions directly!

    Our meeting summary, or “As We Heard It” report, will be posted in early 2022.

    See you in the spring for our next public engagement session!

    Don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to know about upcoming events and other news.

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