Greber Plan

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The General Report on the Plan for the National Capital (1946–1950), or Greber Plan, was an urban plan developed in 1950 by Jacques Gréber for the Federal District Commission of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Its main components were:

  • returning Chaudiere Falls to their natural state and de-industrializing the islands[1]
  • planning the region as an integrated system
  • making the Capital symbolize the whole country
  • relocating the rails from central Ottawa
  • improving transportation
  • decentralizing government offices
  • creating a scenic parkway system and restoring shorelines
  • creating the National Capital Greenbelt
  • expanding Gatineau Park (formed in 1938)

In February 2019, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson began the process to develop a modern version of the Greber Plan, a 25-year plan for the city, anticipating breaching a population of 1 million residents, and foreseeing a part of a megaregion to also encompass Toronto and Montreal.[2]


  1. ^ Gréber, Jacques (18 November 1949). "Plan for the National Capital - General Report" (PDF). Queen's University. Retrieved 18 February 2017. The restoration of the Chaudiere Islands to their primitive beauty and wildness, is perhaps the theme of greatest importance, from the aesthetic point of view-the theme that will appeal, not only to local citizens, but to all Canadians who take pride in their country and its institutions.
  2. ^ Kate Porter (14 February 2019). "Ottawa 2046: City thinking ahead with new plan for growth". CBC News. Retrieved 15 February 2019.

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