General

    What is the project status?

    The Tunney’s Pasture project is evolving. The Master Plan was approved in 2014. Since then, a detailed analysis has taken place on the plan’s implementation. As well, in 2019, PSPC started collaborating with Canada Lands Company on the redevelopment of the site.

    PSPC has been analysing the impact of changes in federal office space use in a post-pandemic world, which may result in changes to the office footprint at Tunney’s Pasture than first outlined in the Master Plan.

    In addition, the City’s Official Plan has introduced new policies for consideration, as well as federal policy initiatives such as the Greening Government Strategy and the Federal Sustainability Development Strategy that looks at sustainability and climate resiliency.   

    Many decisions are still needed before we have a roadmap on how to execute the project. We hope to complete our analysis in 2022. 

    What is the vision for Tunney’s Pasture? 

    Over the long term, Tunney’s Pasture will be transformed from a single-use employment centre into a vibrant transit-oriented and sustainable mixed-use community that is integrated with surrounding neighbourhoods, while maintaining a strong federal presence. It will be built on a foundation of sustainability, accessibility, and modern infrastructure. 

    This vision along with guiding principles for the development are outlined in the award-winning Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan, which was approved by the National Capital Commission and incorporated in the City’s planning documents. 

    Why is PSPC collaborating with Canada Lands on this project? 

    Canada Lands Company is a self-financing federal Crown corporation specializing in real estate development, whose goal is to produce the best possible benefit for Canadian communities and the Government of Canada.

    The collaboration leverages each organization’s respective strengths to deliver the Master Plan that will benefit Canadians and the Government of Canada. 

    The result will be a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use community. 

    Has the pandemic impacted this project?

    Yes. The pandemic has led the team to take a step back to reassess its office space requirements in the evolving post-pandemic context.

    This work is ongoing and will inform how much land PSPC will retain for its federal office use requirements. 

    Have heritage considerations been taken into account?

    The new vision for Tunney’s includes recognition of the Indigenous heritage of the site, the Gréber Plan, and the significant accomplishments of federal departments that have occupied the site over its history, including Health Canada and Dominion Bureau of Statistics (now Statistics Canada). A heritage plan will be prepared to conserve and commemorate the site’s history. 

    When will this project be completed?

    The redevelopment of Tunney’s Pasture is a long-term endeavour. See the project timelines for more information on short-term plans. 

    How is transportation and parking envisioned for Tunney’s Pasture?

    One of our guiding principles is for Tunney’s to be a connected and public transit-oriented development, which encourages employees, residents, and visitors to use transit or active transportation for the movements to, from, and around the site. 

    A transportation modal split is recommended for Tunney’s Pasture that would result in a 70 per cent focus on trips by walking, cycling, and transit, and 30 per cent for vehicles. We will be leveraging the public transit infrastructure including the light rail transit system and shaping our parking strategy to be more flexible around future working patterns to maximize parking utilization and consider the new development’s impact on parking on neighbouring and local streets.

    We will be creating complete streets which offer safe cycling and walking paths while ensuring street parking will be available to the public to support retail and community uses. We will ensure that parking is provided in buildings or designed to be screened from the street. 

    Master Plan

    The Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan was approved in 2014. Why has it taken so long for its implementation to begin? 

    The Master Plan serves as a high-level roadmap for how to redevelop Tunney’s Pasture over the long term. Considerable analysis is required to deliver the plan. 

    Since 2014, PSPC has undertaken detailed analysis of the site – looking at things like heritage, transportation and infrastructure requirements, sustainability, connectivity, accessibility, and many other factors that make up a dynamic community. The major studies are available in the Document Library. 

    Recently, the global pandemic has provided the federal government an opportunity to reassess its requirements in an evolving post-pandemic work environment to support its high-performing public service. 

    In addition to the pandemic’s realities, the team is also considering other recent developments, such as the Government of Canada’s Greening Government Strategy, Indigenous Reconciliation, and the City of Ottawa’s new Official Plan. 

    Has the Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan changed since 2014?

    The Master Plan and the guiding principles for the redevelopment of Tunney’s Pasture have not changed and will continue to inform decisions on how to advance the project. 

    Housing

    Will there be affordable housing on the site? 

    Yes, there will be affordable housing on the site. Through its work across Canada, Canada Lands has provided over 2,000 affordable housing units, and Tunney’s Pasture will be no exception.   

    Further studies will determine the strategy for affordable housing at Tunney’s, including the number and type of units. We will work in close collaboration with the City of Ottawa and the Federal Lands Initiative through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

    Sustainability

    Will the redevelopment be sustainable?

    Yes. As stewards of Tunney’s Pasture, the federal government and Canada Lands have an opportunity to redevelop the site as a showcase for sustainability in Canada. 

    Since the development of the Master Plan, a framework was established to provide clear objectives for environmental, social, and economic sustainability for the development.   

    This will be achieved in a number of ways, including the implementation of:

    • a comprehensive sustainability framework, which takes a holistic approach to building and sustaining a healthy community
    • low carbon (and eventually carbon-neutral) heating and cooling of the federal buildings on site through the Government of Canada’s Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP)
    • transit-oriented development (TOD) best practices, including parking limits and amenities for active transportation


    Are there plans to add green space to this site?

    Yes. The award-winning Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan provides for parks, and large open spaces that support an active lifestyle.

    Construction

    Has construction work at Tunney’s Pasture started? There seems to be construction happening on the site.

    There is one project happening on the site that although is not directly related to the Master Plan, does complement the overall vision for the site. 

    Construction work is currently underway as part the Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP), a project to create energy efficiencies and reduce the federal government’s carbon footprint. 

    PSPC is in the process of modernizing the energy centres that provide heating for 80 buildings and cooling for 67 buildings in the National Capital Region, including those at Tunney’s Pasture. This is part of the broader Government of Canada strategy to green its operations and meet climate change commitments. Visit our ESAP page for more information. 

    Additionally, there’s also been some building demolitions, including at the corner of Columbine and Parkdale. These buildings were removed due to their deteriorating building conditions. 

    In spring 2022, two additional buildings at Tunney’s Pasture Boulevard and the Yarrow will be removed.

    Engagement

    When will you begin engaging with the public on your plans for implementation? 

    Over the next few months, the community will be engaged to help develop community values that complement the existing Master Plan Guiding PrinciplesThe public is invited to register for one of two virtual workshops on May 25 and 26.

    For those who cannot participate in the workshops, there will be an opportunity to provide input via an online questionnaire from May 27 to June 12. Stay tuned to this website for more information. 

    Beginning in June, community organizations and individuals that represent community interests will be invited to apply to take part in a new Communities Perspectives Group, whose role will be to ensure a variety of interests and perspectives are considered throughout the many redevelopment phases of Tunney’s Pasture’s non-federal development blocks.. Stay tuned to this page for information on how to apply. 

    PSPC began engaging with the public and other stakeholders in 2013 and 2014 when the Master Plan was developed on matters such as development options and building heights. This engagement also informed the guiding principles, as well as the site’s urban design guidelines.

    More recently, PSPC and Canada Lands met with neighbouring community associations to provide an update on site activities and the strategy to realize the vision for Tunney’s Pasture. You can view the July 2021 newsletter and December 2021 presentations in the Document Library

    As the team refines its assumptions and incorporates new realities into its project plan, including the timelines for the various phases of development, we will continue to share this information and gather further input on specific aspects of the development. 

    Engagement will be ongoing throughout the planning and development of Tunney’s Pasture. 

    Stay tuned to this site for information on future opportunities to provide input. We also invite you to sign up to be the first to hear about updates and opportunities for input. 

    Are Canada Lands and PSPC engaging with Indigenous peoples on this project?

    Yes, we are engaging with Indigenous communities on the implementation of the Master Plan in support of the government’s commitment  to reconciliation. Any potential disposal will also require PSPC to consult with various Indigenous communities and organisations.

    What other stakeholders are involved in the process? 

    PSPC and Canada Lands are working with the Tunney’s Pasture federal tenants, Health Canada, a custodian of four buildings at Tunney’s Pasture, the National Capital Commission as the federal approval authority, the City of Ottawa, public utilities, and neighbouring community associations and the local Business Improvement Area, among others.