Who Is Canada Lands?
Canada Lands Company is a self-financing, federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate, development and the management of special attractions. The company’s goal in all it does is to produce the best possible benefit for Canadian communities and the federal government.
Canada Lands Company works to achieve its mandate with industry leading expertise; the company prides itself on its consultation based approach to pursuing community-oriented goals, environmental stewardship and heritage commemoration with all its projects across Canada.
The company’s activities ensure that government properties are redeveloped or managed in accordance with their highest and best use, and that they are harmoniously reintegrated into local communities. Our goal is to help transform surplus parcels and reshape them to meet the needs of Canadians with inspiring and sustainable new neighbourhoods in which they can live, work and play.
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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 be redeveloped while providing benefits to local communities and the Government of Canada. The company works 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.
Unlike some private developers, 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. Preparation of the plan takes into consideration the input received from all community stakeholders and regulatory authoriities. In keeping with the organizations' commitment to corporate social responsibility, the master plan will incorporate, where possible, sustainable development principles and best practices for land development and building designs. These initiatives may use municipal sustainability standards or other standards such as LEED. 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. This includes the installation of new roads and other municipal services (for example: sewers, streetlights, watermains etc.). Depending on the site, this may also involve building demolition, the removal of debris and contaminated soil or other environmental hazards.
There are three scenarios for property development in this final phase. Typically, Canada Lands Company markets and sells the building lots and blocks in phases to builders. The builders then carry out building 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) and the Old Port of Montréal.
Garrison Crossing is one of Chilliwack, British Columbia’s most innovative communities. The site is a 153-acre (61.9-hectare) redevelopment of part of the former Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Chilliwack. Canada Lands Company, in cooperation with the City of Chilliwack, has brought many innovations to Garrison Crossing that have increased the environmental, socio-economic and community values of this redevelopment project.
This innovative design approach helped secure Garrison Crossing official LEED-ND Stage 2 certification in February 2010, under a pilot program led by US Green Building Council. Canada Lands Company was proud to receive this certification years before the LEED-ND pilot program rating system was formally introduced.
Garrison Crossing is an award-winning community that combines the best in residential living with local shopping and other amenities. Nearly sold out, the redevelopment, featuring over 1,700 units, is modeled on the principles of "new urbanism" and has created livable neighbourhoods in Chilliwack to live, work and play.
Currie has rapidly become one of the most talked about new communities in Calgary. The third and final redevelopment site at CFB Calgary, Currie is located in the heart of southwest Calgary and is slated to become a contemporary urban village where work and play rest in perfect balance, with vibrant amenity spaces just steps from your door. Following on the success of Garrison Woods and Garrison Green, Currie is a showpiece community for the latest in urban living.
An extensive community consultation program was launched in November 2013, and follow-up events were held in December 2013 and April 2014 drawing hundreds of interested and engaged participants.
The new community at the 200-acre (80.9 hectare) site is based on the principles of smart growth and sustainable community design that have become Canada Lands Company’s calling card.
Edmonton’s first LEED-ND certified community, Village at Griesbach is a family-friendly, self-sustaining success. This new community features four lakes, a 24 acre central park, a children's playground and Major General Griesbach School, a K-9 institution.
Innovative “urban village” design ensures everything is close to home with Northgate Shopping Centre, Londonderry Mall, City of Edmonton Fire and Police services, Castle Downs Recreation Centre and The Royal Alexander Hospital just minutes away. Canada Lands Company has protected, preserved and integrated mature trees, urban forests and vast green spaces into its award-winning master plan.
Since 1951, these lands have honoured the legacy of Canada’s most distinguished military regiments, officers
and personalities. Today these lands are being transformed from its proud past into the dream of tomorrow as Edmonton’s most beautiful, new lifestyle community.
In Ottawa, the company’s Rockcliffe Lands consultation process began in 2012 and has generated more than 160 meetings between the Canada Lands team and a variety of local community and business groups, municipal stakeholders, individuals and other important partners, such as the Algonquins of Ontario.
Ottawa City Council unanimously approved the Former CFB Rockcliffe Community Design Plan, Official Plan Amendment, Secondary Plan, Master Servicing Study, and Low Impact Development stormwater management pilot project. Canada Lands Company looks forward to the next stages of this exciting new community, now named Wateridge Village at Rockcliffe, including further approvals, development, marketing and sales.
The Old Port is the original port of Montréal, Québec. The territory of the Old Port represents an area of 116.9 acres (47.3 hectares). The Old Port site is 2.2 kilometres long and lies along the St. Lawrence River, bordering on Old Montréal.
The Old Port of Montréal is a premier tourism and event venue in Québec, attracting millions of visitors each year. The Old Port welcomes many types of cultural and entertainment activities, such as culinary, sports, music and outdoor festivals. All of these are in addition to the Clock Tower beach, marina and skating rink amenities, which are all operated internally by the Old Port.
Canada Lands Company harmoniously integrates properties that are no longer required for program purposes by the Government of Canada into their surrounding communities. The company engages in extensive public consultations prior to starting any work. The end result is a sustainable development that consists of land uses that address community needs.
Canada Lands Company helps federal government departments and agencies deal with surplus strategic real estate. When properties are no longer required for program purposes by the federal government, they are acquired by Canada Lands Company and related carrying costs for the government are eliminated. Canada Lands Company also generates substantial community and financial value for the Government of Canada through the sale of properties.
The efforts of Canada Lands Company provide significant benefits to communities where the company operates, including:
- Private sector investment;
- Job creation;
- Municipal revenue enhancement;
- Creation of residential housing;
- Provision of parks and recreational facilities;
- Preservation of heritage properties; and/or
- Environmental benefits
Does Canada Lands Company receive any kind of tax benefit from the provinces or the federal government?
No. The company pays all taxes and follows the normal development processes set out by the municipal, provincial and federal governments.
No. Canada Lands Company is financially self-sufficient and receives no government subsidies. The company pays all applicable taxes at all levels of government.
Generally not. As with both public and private sectors, the details of on-going negotiations involving properties are not normally public information.
Canada Lands Company acquires strategic properties from Government of Canada departments and agencies (“departments”) that have declared them surplus to their program needs following the strategic disposal process.
Departments dispose of their surplus real property in accordance with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s (TBS) Policy on Management of Real Property, and the Directive on the Sale or Transfer of Surplus Real Property. Surplus real property is defined as real property that is no longer required in support of a department's programs.
The TBS provides leadership and co-ordination with respect to the disposal of surplus real property while departments are responsible for its implementation. Information and queries concerning the strategic disposal process should be directed to TBS and/or the department disposing of the surplus real property.
Generally, Canada Lands Company selects builders/developers through a tendering program. This can include broad-based marketing, (such as signs or advertising), or in consultation with real estate brokerage firms.
Yes. Since the company is financially self sufficient, the planning of our projects must always consider the market viability of the proposes uses.In many of its projects, Canada Lands Company creates heritage monuments or public spaces, which typically lead to more desirable neighbourhoods. Creating more desirable neighbourhoods, in turn, leads to both greater community and financial value. While Canada Lands Company operates with an emphasis on commercial viability, we have found that commercial or financial value is often realized hand-in-hand with the creation of community value.
Yes. Canada Lands Company has over 20 years of experience demonstrating:
- that it provides a significant enhancement of the quality of life in local communities in a balanced manner;
- a genuine commitment to public consultation;
- respect for community values and local heritage;
- environmental stewardship; and
- a proven ability to achieve both good financial and community value in its projects simultaneously.