Mandate and Organization
The National Capital Commission (NCC) is a federal Crown corporation created by Canada’s Parliament in 1959 under the National Capital Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N-4). The corporation is responsible for planning, as well as taking part in the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s Capital Region. It fulfills this role through the following areas of activity:
- setting the long-term urban planning direction for federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region;
- guiding and controlling the use and development of federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region;
- managing, conserving and protecting NCC assets (including Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, real property, and other assets such as bridges, pathways and parkways); and
- maintaining heritage sites in Canada’s Capital Region, such as the official residences and commemorative sites.
The NCC is subject to the accountability regime set out in Part X of the Financial Administration Act. It reports to Parliament through the minister designated as minister responsible for the National Capital Act.