Ottawa Rural Economic Development Strategy

The City of Ottawa Economic Development Services (EDS) will develop a Rural Economic Development Strategy and the four-year Action Plan, which will complement the City’s broader Economic Development Strategy. The Strategy will outline the City’s short-term (3 to 5 years) and long-term (5 to 10 years) strategy to stimulate economic growth in rural Ottawa while respecting the rural character as set out in the Official Plan, village plans and other rural planning documents.

The project will be conducted using a four-phase process, which consists of (1), Investigate; (2) Inquire; (3) Imagine, and (4) Implement. We are in phases 1 & 2 of the process and want to hear from you, the rural stakeholders.

The City of Ottawa Economic Development Services (EDS) will develop a Rural Economic Development Strategy and the four-year Action Plan, which will complement the City’s broader Economic Development Strategy. The Strategy will outline the City’s short-term (3 to 5 years) and long-term (5 to 10 years) strategy to stimulate economic growth in rural Ottawa while respecting the rural character as set out in the Official Plan, village plans and other rural planning documents.

The project will be conducted using a four-phase process, which consists of (1), Investigate; (2) Inquire; (3) Imagine, and (4) Implement. We are in phases 1 & 2 of the process and want to hear from you, the rural stakeholders.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    During the development of the Ottawa Rural Economic Development Strategy, a variety of consultation exercises took place, including an open survey to residents and businesses, a random sample business survey, key informant interviews, and a series of four workshops that took place in each of rural Ottawa’s four wards.

    A lot of information was collected and analysed resulting in many useful and insightful findings. Now is the chance to share what we have heard before we begin developing the Rural Economic Development Strategy’s action plan.

    When we think about economic development in the context

    During the development of the Ottawa Rural Economic Development Strategy, a variety of consultation exercises took place, including an open survey to residents and businesses, a random sample business survey, key informant interviews, and a series of four workshops that took place in each of rural Ottawa’s four wards.

    A lot of information was collected and analysed resulting in many useful and insightful findings. Now is the chance to share what we have heard before we begin developing the Rural Economic Development Strategy’s action plan.

    When we think about economic development in the context of rural Ottawa, it is important to remember that this Strategy must first and foremost put the City and its potential partners in a position that results in concrete outcomes that improve and protect the economic vitality of rural Ottawa. In thinking about outcomes, our collection of data about stakeholders’ visions for rural Ottawa’s economy need to include an understanding that some issues or concerns raised, while potentially important, are not the appropriate material for an economic development strategy. This Strategy’s outcomes relate to improving the competitiveness of rural Ottawa to attract and retain businesses and talent, improve business relations and support, and contribute to Ottawa’s fiscal sustainability.

    This short questionnaire is designed to get your impressions on what we’ve heard and ensure we haven’t missed anything important.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Ottawa is developing a Rural Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.  The plan will outline the City’s strategy and approach to for economic growth in rural Ottawa over the next four years. The geographic focus of the strategy is targeted at Wards 5, 19, 20, and 21. This survey is specifically for community members that live or work in one of these four different wards.

    Figure: Ottawa’s Rural Area

    Source: City of Ottawa, Rural Area Map, no date.

    Assisting us in this process is MDB Insight,

    The City of Ottawa is developing a Rural Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.  The plan will outline the City’s strategy and approach to for economic growth in rural Ottawa over the next four years. The geographic focus of the strategy is targeted at Wards 5, 19, 20, and 21. This survey is specifically for community members that live or work in one of these four different wards.

    Figure: Ottawa’s Rural Area

    Source: City of Ottawa, Rural Area Map, no date.

    Assisting us in this process is MDB Insight, an experienced and respected consulting firm that will be involved with community engagement and in the development of the strategy.

    It is important to understand what different people think about the current economic reality and potential for the future. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to compete and all participants are treated anonymous.

    If you have questions about this survey or any other aspect of the strategy please contact: Jephtee.Elysee@ottawa.ca.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We are pleased that you are able to attend one of the focus groups for the Ottawa Rural Economic Development Strategy. Please complete the following registration information.

    Session 1: West Carleton-March

    Wednesday, June 12, 1 to 3 pm

    Carp Agricultural Hall

    3790-3832 Carp Rd, Carp, ON

    Session 2: Rideau-Goulbourn

    Registration for the session is currently closed as we are at capacity.

    Please note that the purpose of this session is not to address any specific planning applications, such as that of the

    We are pleased that you are able to attend one of the focus groups for the Ottawa Rural Economic Development Strategy. Please complete the following registration information.

    Session 1: West Carleton-March

    Wednesday, June 12, 1 to 3 pm

    Carp Agricultural Hall

    3790-3832 Carp Rd, Carp, ON

    Session 2: Rideau-Goulbourn

    Registration for the session is currently closed as we are at capacity.

    Please note that the purpose of this session is not to address any specific planning applications, such as that of the proposed manure storage facility. Economic Development Staff are not in a position to address any questions related to rural planning applications. If you have questions regarding any specific development applications they can be addressed to Adam Brown, Manager, Development Review – Rural  Adam.Brown@ottawa.ca.

    Session 3: Osgoode

    Thursday, June 13, 1 to 3 pm

    Stuart Holmes Arena (Osgoode Community Centre)

    5660 Osgoode Main Street

    Ottawa, ON

    Session 4: Cumberland

    Thursday, June 13, 6 to 8 pm

    R.J. Kennedy Community Centre and Arena

    1115 Dunning, Cumberland, ON

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