Riverfront Placemaking on the Ottawa River

Riverfront Placemaking on the Ottawa River
Riverfront Placemaking on the Ottawa River

Open call for proposals to animate unique public spaces in Canada’s Capital Region

As a value-added partner in Canada’s Capital Region, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is seeking innovative proposals from businesses, community organizations and not-for-profit organizations, including recreational and arts groups, for pilot projects that will enliven and bring more vitality to open public spaces along the shorelines of the historic Ottawa River.


As the steward and planner of these lands, the NCC aims to make Canada’s Capital Region and the Ottawa River shorelines vibrant and inspiring to all Canadians. These projects will support this goal by animating open public spaces; connecting key attractions, parks and important sites along recreational pathways; and enhancing the public’s enjoyment of these lands, while respecting the environmental sensitivities that are unique to these iconic shorelines.

The NCC is prepared to work with its partners to implement projects as soon as this summer. The NCC will consider proposals both for projects that are seasonal and for those that are year-round. Successful proposals will be considered pilot projects for a maximum of five years.

Information for Proponents

In order for the NCC to effectively evaluate the project’s merit, proponents are asked to submit the attached template. Proposals must contain sufficient information and detail, including concepts, proposed site area, financial aspects and a timeline for implementation. Proposals will be evaluated in terms of ability to meet the above objectives and in terms of feasibility of implementation. Proponents will be solely responsible for all costs related to the preparation, implementation and management of their proposals. Fees related to land use or event permits may apply, depending on the type of proposal.

Proponents should be able to implement their proposed projects within the next 12 to 18 months, although the NCC is prepared to see projects implemented as soon as this summer. If organizations wish to propose a project of a more significant scope, the NCC invites these proponents to submit their proposals through this request for expressions of interest (REI), and the proposals will be evaluated according to the same objectives stated above, but will provide for a longer period of implementation. The NCC is committed to responding to all proposals submitted through this REI within 30 days.

Anticipated Project Timeline (subject to change)

February 5, 2014

Launch of request for expressions of interest

March 14, 2014

Deadline for submissions

May/June 2014

Successful proponents determined

Summer 2014

Launch of projects

Here is a map of lands owned by the NCC along the Ottawa River shorelines. Please note that leased lands are not included in this REI.

Information Session

Proponents are invited to attend, at their cost, a non-mandatory information session on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 1:30 pm at 40 Elgin Street, 7th Floor, Room 702, in Ottawa, Ontario. This information session will provide proponents with an opportunity to seek clarification with respect to this REI, and obtain site-specific information. In order to expedite the question-and-answer process, please submit your questions in advance, and register your attendance for this session no later than Tuesday, February 18, 2014, by email to partnerships-partenariats@ncc-ccn.ca. There will also be an open question-and-answer period during this information session.

The Role of the NCC

The NCC’s contribution to this initiative will be to facilitate the implementation of these projects by making lands available. As a value-added partner, the NCC will provide successful proponents with one point of contact to enable efficient implementation of their projects. In addition, application fees related to land use approvals will be waived for projects under this initiative.


The NCC will evaluate proposals based upon the objectives stated above. One or more projects may be suitable for a specific site. Once the NCC has selected the proposals that will proceed, a short business plan, as well as more detailed plans and specifications, may be required.

Proposals must comply with all relevant federal/provincial/municipal laws and regulations.


Proposals are to be submitted electronically to the NCC to partnerships-partenariats@ncc-ccn.ca by 5 pm (EST) on Friday, March 14, 2014.

The NCC, in its sole discretion, retains the right to approve final land selections, to accept or reject any or all proposals, and to cancel or discontinue this initiative without any obligation or notice.