Confederation Heights Master Plan
From: Public Services and Procurement Canada
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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- Ottawa, Ontario
- Type of project
- Master planning
- Lead department
- Partnership: Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the Canada Lands Company
PSPC and the 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 serve as a federal employment area over the next 25 years.
PSPC and Canada Lands are developing the plan through engagement with Algonquin partners and a wide range of stakeholders, including:
- the National Capital Commission (NCC)
- federal government departments and agencies
- the City of Ottawa
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:
- the Rideau River to the north and west
- the Airport Parkway and Data Centre Road to the east
- Hog’s Back Road and Brookfield Road to the south
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:
- 875 Heron Road:
- Taxation Data Centre and Headquarters Building (recognized heritage building)
- 719 Heron Road:
- Sir Leonard Tilley Building
- Wings A and B (recognized heritage building)
- Wings C and D
- Annex E
- 2250 Riverside Drive:
- Sir Charles Tupper Building (recognized heritage building)
- 1500 Bronson Avenue—Former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC):
- Headquarters Building (classified heritage building)
- Annex F
- 790 Heron Road:
- Private Branch Exchange Building
- 2451 Riverside Drive:
- Recreation Association (RA) Centre Building
- 501 Heron Road:
- Central Heating and Cooling Plant Building
For updates and details regarding the master plan, and to subscribe to the project’s mailing list, visit Canada Lands Company: Confederation Heights.
Canada Lands Company and PSPC have held virtual public engagement sessions in November 2021. A report presenting the feedback received during these online sessions will be made available in early 2022. Visit Confederation Heights: Realize the Potential for more information.
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Benefits to Canadians
The partnership will deliver important socio-ecomomic benefits for Canadians, including:
- ensuring environmental stewardship and sustainability
- providing new residential housing, such as:
- affordable housing
- community amenities
- facilitating the shift toward sustainable modes of transportation, including:
- public transit
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.
- Canada Lands Company
- National Capital Commission
- Directory of Federal Real Property—existing PSPC-owned buildings located in Confederation Heights:
- Former CBC Headquarters Building: 1500 Bronson Avenue
- Annex F: 1500 Bronson Avenue
- Taxation Data Centre and Headquarters: 875 Heron Road
- Sir Leonard Tilley Building: 719 Heron Road
- Sir Leonard Tilley Building: Annex E
- Central Heating and Cooling Plant Building: 501 Heron Road
- Sir Charles Tupper Building: 2720 Riverside Drive
- Sir Charles Tupper Building parking lot
- Private Branch Exchange Building: 790 Heron Road
- Parks Canada Directory of Federal Heritage Designations:
- PSPC projects underway in Confederation Heights:
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