The Booth Street site

The 6.5 acre (2.5 hectare) Booth Street campus is located between Booth, Orangeville, Rochester and Norman Streets in Ottawa, Ontario.

Canada Lands Company looks forward to working with the city and the community during the public consultation and development process. In every community we operate, Canada Lands Company seeks input from the local community through both its own and the municipal planning process. Our consultation process for this property is currently on-going. 

Canada Lands recognizes the importance of heritage commemoration and preservation in all of its developments. Canada Lands intends to draft a heritage strategy in consultation with the City of Ottawa as part of the planning process, which will commemorate and celebrate the history of the site. The company believes that any new buildings and landscaping should reinforce the heritage character and assist in the historical interpretation of the site. 

Deconstruction of buildings at the Booth Street Complex has begun. Click here for more information.

Canada Lands Company would like to thank everyone who attended the public meeting for the future Norman Rochester Park on Mar. 10, 2020. For those who were unable to attend, you can view the presentation materials here.



About Canada Lands

Canada Lands Company is a self-financing, federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate, development and attractions management.

The company works to enrich the everyday lives of Canadians by embracing the potential of the places and spaces it owns and operates, while also curating memorable experiences. Leveraging its subsidiaries, Canada Lands Company transforms former Government of Canada properties and reintegrates them into local communities while ensuring their long-term sustainability and commercial viability. The company also holds, invests in and manages world-renowned Canadian attractions such as the CN Tower and Downsview Park in Toronto, the Old Port of Montréal and the Montréal Science Centre.

Through it all, the company strives to deliver the best value and financial return to Canadians. 

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When a government department identifies a property as surplus to its needs, Canada Lands Company undertakes an analysis to determine how the property can best benefit local communities and the Government of Canada. The company work with that government department to determine a fair market price for the property and then purchases the parcel through the government?s real property disposal process. 

In all of projects, Canada Lands Company always undertakes a public consultation process. Our team works closely with local residents and municipal officials to organize the most effective community consultation strategy possible. Our consultation often includes: meeting with community organizations, holding public open houses and establishing local advisory committees to get local input on potential plans for a property. The public is always invited to attend and participate throughout the community consultation process.

After completing the consultation process, Canada Lands Company creates a master development plan for the property. In keeping with the organizations commitment to corporate social responsibility, the master plan will incorporate sustainable development principles such as LEED certifications, and meet the needs of the local community. This plan is submitted to the local city or town council for consideration and approval.

Once the approvals are received, Canada Lands Company typically carries out site servicing. Depending on the site, this may involve the removal of debris and contaminated soil or other environmental hazards. Other preparation work may include the renovation of existing roads, the demolition of unsafe structures and the installation of new roads and other municipal services (for example: sewers, streetlights, etc.).

There are three scenarios for property development in this final phase. Typically, Canada Lands Company markets and sells the property in phases to builders. The builders then carry out construction consistent with Canada Lands Company’s master development plan. Occasionally, Canada Lands Company may undertake the construction of buildings itself, after site servicing. In the third case, certain properties that are of value to the Government of Canada are retained and Canada Lands Company manages those on behalf of the government. Some of the most prominent properties managed by our company include the Canada’s National Tower (CN Tower), the Old Port of Montréal and the Montréal Science Centre.