Commemorative Naming Policy Review

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The City is requesting your feedback regarding a review of the current Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities. Information gathered from this public engagement initiative will assist us in the development of a revised policy that values the perspectives and uniqueness of Ottawa.

Background:

The Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities was approved by Ottawa City Council in July 2002. On February 8, 2023, Council passed a motion to pause the Commemorative Naming Program to allow for a full program and policy review to align with the new overarching Municipal Commemoration Policy being developed as part of the City’s cultural development mandate. The review of the Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities is intended to strengthen the City’s approach to commemoration and implement a more equitable and inclusive process that reflects the diversity and values of the City of Ottawa.

The Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities currently commemorates individuals, both living and deceased, that have:

  • historic significance to the City of Ottawa;
  • an extraordinary community service record;
  • demonstrated excellence, courage, or exceptional service;
  • fostered equality and reduced discrimination; or,
  • made a significant financial contribution to a park or facility that benefits the community.

Assets that have been commemorated include streets, facilities and the rooms within them including arenas, recreation/community centres, and field houses, and parks including sports fields, pitches, outdoor rinks, park structures, and walking trails.

Definitions:

For the purpose of the policy, the definition of ‘commemorative naming’ shall refer to the official naming of a municipal street, park, facility, or amenities within them to commemorate Ottawa’s history, stories, and legacies.

Timelines:

Feedback will be assessed following a 45-day public engagement period. Recommendations that seek to create a more equitable and inclusive process will be considered during the final development of a new draft Commemorative Naming Policy.

Once a final draft of the revised Commemorative Naming policy is complete, a report is planned to be submitted to City Council for consideration in Q1 2024. The commemorative naming program for municipal streets, parks, and facilities will resume upon approval of the revised policy by City Council.

Feedback:

Should you wish to review the current Commemorative Naming Policy prior to providing your feedback, please visit Ottawa.ca.

If you have additional questions or feedback upon completing the survey, please contact NamingOttawa@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424, ext. 27551.

Disclaimer: Please note that your comments, including your name but excluding your personal contact information, will form part of the public record that will be made available to the Commemorative Naming Committee and City Council.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

The City is requesting your feedback regarding a review of the current Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities. Information gathered from this public engagement initiative will assist us in the development of a revised policy that values the perspectives and uniqueness of Ottawa.

Background:

The Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities was approved by Ottawa City Council in July 2002. On February 8, 2023, Council passed a motion to pause the Commemorative Naming Program to allow for a full program and policy review to align with the new overarching Municipal Commemoration Policy being developed as part of the City’s cultural development mandate. The review of the Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities is intended to strengthen the City’s approach to commemoration and implement a more equitable and inclusive process that reflects the diversity and values of the City of Ottawa.

The Commemorative Naming Policy for Municipal Streets, Parks and Facilities currently commemorates individuals, both living and deceased, that have:

  • historic significance to the City of Ottawa;
  • an extraordinary community service record;
  • demonstrated excellence, courage, or exceptional service;
  • fostered equality and reduced discrimination; or,
  • made a significant financial contribution to a park or facility that benefits the community.

Assets that have been commemorated include streets, facilities and the rooms within them including arenas, recreation/community centres, and field houses, and parks including sports fields, pitches, outdoor rinks, park structures, and walking trails.

Definitions:

For the purpose of the policy, the definition of ‘commemorative naming’ shall refer to the official naming of a municipal street, park, facility, or amenities within them to commemorate Ottawa’s history, stories, and legacies.

Timelines:

Feedback will be assessed following a 45-day public engagement period. Recommendations that seek to create a more equitable and inclusive process will be considered during the final development of a new draft Commemorative Naming Policy.

Once a final draft of the revised Commemorative Naming policy is complete, a report is planned to be submitted to City Council for consideration in Q1 2024. The commemorative naming program for municipal streets, parks, and facilities will resume upon approval of the revised policy by City Council.

Feedback:

Should you wish to review the current Commemorative Naming Policy prior to providing your feedback, please visit Ottawa.ca.

If you have additional questions or feedback upon completing the survey, please contact NamingOttawa@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424, ext. 27551.

Disclaimer: Please note that your comments, including your name but excluding your personal contact information, will form part of the public record that will be made available to the Commemorative Naming Committee and City Council.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Page last updated: 20 Feb 2024, 09:50 AM