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Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information

General Information

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is a Crown corporation created in 1958 to succeed the Federal District Commission (1927-1958) and the Ottawa Improvement Commission (1899-1927).

NCC's corporate mission is creating pride through Canada's Capital Region.

The NCC is governed by a board of directors responsible for: approving corporate plans and budgets; reviewing annual reports and financial statements; advising on issues, policies and strategies; and approving projects, transactions and action plans. The NCC Chairperson heads the Board, speaks on its behalf, and is the formal link between the corporation and the responsible minister, the Minister of Canadian Heritage. The Ombudsman position reports to the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities

The National Capital Act of 1958 (as amended in 1988) gave the NCC the mandate to: i) prepare plans for and assist in the development, conservation and improvement of the National Capital Region (NCR) in order that the nature and character of the seat of the Government of Canada may be in accordance with its national significance; and ii) organize, sponsor or promote such public activities and events in the NCR that would enrich the cultural and social fabric of Canada.
However, following the adoption of the Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No.1 which implemented the 2013 Federal Budget, the National Capital Act was amended and the event and activity mandate was transferred from the NCC to the Department of Canadian Heritage. Accordingly, a number of the activities that were part of the NCC’s Capital Experience program— specifically the organization, sponsoring and promotion of public activities and events in the NCR— were transferred to the Department of Canadian Heritage. The NCC delivered program responsibilities in these areas until September 30, 2013, the coming into force date for the transfer of mandate described above.

In essence, the NCC continues to be responsible for the preparation of plans and to assist in the development, conservation and improvement of the NCR and to coordinate the development of public federal lands in the NCR. The NCC also continues to offer a number of outdoor experience activities, as well as communications, marketing and graphic design services, in relation to its activities.