Revitalising downtown Ottawa with One Planet Living

Zibi, which means ‘river’ in the Algonquin Anishinaabe language, is a waterfront area located next to downtown Ottawa and its neighbouring city of Gatineau, overlooking both the Ottawa River and Chaudière Falls.

Redeveloped from industrial brownfield land once dominated by a paper mill, the 37-acre site will include commercial and retail properties, condominium developments, a hotel, waterfront parks and open spaces and a network of pedestrian and cycling paths.

Over three million square feet of development is planned on a site that covers two river islands between Ottawa and Gatineau and land in Gatineau. Developers Theia Partners and Dream Unlimited, working with Bioregional, have used the 10 principles of the One Planet Living framework to help guide sustainability and eco-friendly planning for Zibi. A sustainability action plan based on the principles was endorsed in May 2015. The first residents moved in at the end of 2018.

Zibi's One Planet Living targets

Land and nature
On track to remediate 100% of the land to benefit local wildlife

Travel and transport
10% of parking spaces have electric vehicle charging points - later phases are aiming for 20%

Zero carbon energy
On track to achieve its zero-carbon ambitions

One Planet Living is our vision of a world where we can live happily within the Earth’s resources, and a straightforward framework to achieve this
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Action plan

Annual reviews

An Advisory Council on Integrity was set up by the Algonquin-Anishinabe, to ensure the integrity and appropriateness of the Zibi development on issues of First Nations culture, heritage and socio-economics.

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