NCC spends $249,000 to ‘engage’ Canadians

Peter Kovessy
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The National Capital Commission has hired a Toronto-based consultant for almost a quarter-million dollars to find out what Canadians want the National Capital Region to look like in 50 years.

The National Capital Commission Infocentre at Metcalfe and Wellington streets. (Google Street View image)

DPRA Canada was one of four bidders seeking to develop and implement the national engagement strategy, which is part of the NCC’s $750,000 review of its “Plan for Canada’s Capital” initiative, dubbed “Horizon 2067.”

The document sits atop the NCC’s planning hierarchy and contains the principles, policies and guidelines that frame planning and land-use decisions for federal lands in the National Capital Region.

The NCC updates this 50-year plan once a decade, but this is the first time the Crown corporation has sought the input of Canadians from “all walks of life,” says an NCC spokesperson.

“The national engagement strategy is aimed at reaching out to Canadians, not just from our region, but from all over the country,” says Cedric Pelletier. “The NCC wants to connect more Canadians with their capital, to care for and to have their say on the future of their capital.”

The contract, which runs into mid-2013, requires DPRA to seek input from elected representatives, aboriginal leaders, all levels of government, area municipalities, special interest groups and other stakeholders.

The NCC is expected to run a $12-million deficit this year, and run deficits for the next five years, according to a recent media report.

Organizations: NCC

Geographic location: Canada

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