Confederation Heights Master Plan

Learn about the Confederation Heights Master Plan, which will transform federal buildings and properties into a sustainable, mixed-use, transit-oriented, complete community in the nation’s capital.

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Project overview


Ottawa, Ontario

Type of project

Master planning

Lead department

Partnership: Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Canada Lands Company

Project description

PSPC and Canada Lands Company are working in collaboration to prepare and deliver the Confederation Heights Master Plan. The master plan will guide the development of the site into a sustainable, transit-oriented, urban, mixed-use community. This site will continue to have a federal employment presence over the next 25 years.

PSPC and Canada Lands are developing the plan through engagement with Indigenous Peoples and a wide range of stakeholders, including:

Confederation Heights is an existing federal employment area located approximately 5 kilometres south of Ottawa’s downtown core, totalling approximately 188 hectares (464 acres). The site is bound by:

Within the site, PSPC owns 70 hectares (173 acres) of property. Other federal custodians include the NCC, the Canada Post Corporation and Health Canada. The City of Ottawa also owns a significant amount of land on the site, including public rights-of-way and the O-Train line.

Buildings on PSPC property include:

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Project updates

Canada Lands Company and PSPC are holding multiple rounds of public engagement sessions throughout the master planning process. For updates and details regarding the master plan, and to subscribe to the project’s mailing list, visit Confederation Heights: Realize the potential.

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Benefits to Canadians

The partnership will deliver important socio-economic benefits for Canadians, including:

Project background

Confederation Heights, originally called Rideau Heights, includes 188 hectares (464 acres) of land owned by the federal and municipal governments, including the City of Ottawa’s O-Train Trillium line and the Canadian National Railway (CNR) and VIA Rail line.

Confederation Heights is located on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishnabe. In the 18th century, the site became an area of European settlement along the Rideau River. It later evolved into an employment-focused area after 1950, when Jacques Gréber’s plan for the National Capital Region identified the site as a federal employment campus. Today, the site is an employment area characterized by federal office buildings, surface parking lots and open spaces.

Many of the federal buildings and assets in Confederation Heights were built throughout the 1950s and into the 1970s. They are now reaching an age where they require repairs and rehabilitation. The master plan will consider opportunities to transform this federal employment area. It will look to change the area into a sustainable, mixed-use, transit-oriented community that connects better with surrounding neighbourhoods and includes new housing, high-quality public realm spaces and amenities.

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