Mandate and Organization
The National Capital Act defines the NCC’s mandate. The corporation is responsible for planning, as well as taking part in the development, conservation and improvement of Canada’s Capital. It is also responsible for organizing, sponsoring and promoting public activities and events that reflect our country’s heritage and official languages.
The NCC fulfills its mandate through three main areas of activity:
- animating and promoting the Capital (for example, through events, commemorations, interpretation, recreation and so on)
- guiding and controlling the use and development of federal lands in the region
- preserving, protecting and ensuring the sustainable use of land and natural resources.
In 2006, an independent panel reviewed the NCC’s mandate to assess its functions, governance, cost-effectiveness and funding. The panel’s report made 31 recommendations, a number of which have already been implemented. These include creating two separate positions from the previously combined role of chairperson and chief executive officer, and several initiatives to enhance openness and transparency.