Transportation Master Plan Update

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Logo for the Transportation Master Plan Update shows a circle with the cardinal arrows (east, west, north, south) and graphic representations of different modes of transportation: walking, cycling, light rail, car and bus.

Moving in the right direction

Ottawa has grown into a city of one million residents. Over the next 25 years, that number is expected to grow to more than 1.4 million. With that kind of growth, we need to revisit how people, vehicles and goods move through our city.

As we set the vision for our updated Transportation Master Plan, we have important decisions to make as individuals and as a city. While some might be easy, others will require more thought. We need to have thoughtful and meaningful discussions to ensure Ottawa becomes the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

Transportation decisions affect all of Ottawa’s residents and businesses. No matter if you walk, drive, cycle, bus, take the light rail transit or scoot, whether you ship products or have them delivered, or whether you own or share a car, how people and goods move through the city affects you. All the choices we make moving forward will require some give and take. Tell us what’s important to you and how our transportation system can move us in the right direction for decades to come.

Stay involved!

Sign up for updates on the many upcoming opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement at each phase of the master plan update.

Moving in the right direction

Ottawa has grown into a city of one million residents. Over the next 25 years, that number is expected to grow to more than 1.4 million. With that kind of growth, we need to revisit how people, vehicles and goods move through our city.

As we set the vision for our updated Transportation Master Plan, we have important decisions to make as individuals and as a city. While some might be easy, others will require more thought. We need to have thoughtful and meaningful discussions to ensure Ottawa becomes the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

Transportation decisions affect all of Ottawa’s residents and businesses. No matter if you walk, drive, cycle, bus, take the light rail transit or scoot, whether you ship products or have them delivered, or whether you own or share a car, how people and goods move through the city affects you. All the choices we make moving forward will require some give and take. Tell us what’s important to you and how our transportation system can move us in the right direction for decades to come.

Stay involved!

Sign up for updates on the many upcoming opportunities for public and stakeholder engagement at each phase of the master plan update.

  • Launch of Phase 3 of the TMP Consultations

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    The public is invited to provide feedback on the close to 70 proposed transportation-related policies to be included in Part 1 of the TMP.

    The full draft document can be found below:

    Transportation Master Plan

    Proposed policies include, among others, policies to:

    • build a clean and sustainable transportation system;
    • create a more equitable transportation system;
    • use transportation to support the city we want to build;
    • maximize walkability;
    • develop a great cycling city;
    • expand and improve transit city-wide;
    • provide safe, multimodal streets;
    • manage the curb, parking, and the movement of goods; and,
    • advance transportation demand manage.


    These draft policies - developed in line with the Official Plan, and the new realities of our growing city - will guide our transportation decisions and networks to 2046 and help Ottawa fulfill its vision of becoming the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

    The public is encouraged to review the draft policies and complete the surveys by February 18, 2022. Residents can also provide feedback directly by emailing tmpupdate@ottawa.ca. The Phase 3 consultation strategy will also include a Public Open House to be scheduled for early in 2022. Please say tuned for more details.

    Residents are also invited to learn more and provide feedback on Active Transportation candidate projects and the proposed rural network. Find more information here.


  • Active transportation Candidate Projects and Rural Network

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    Residents are invited to use our online engagement tool to provide feedback on the pedestrian and cycling projects that are proposed for implementation from 2023 onwards.

    Projects may add or upgrade facilities such as sidewalks, multi-use pathways, bike lanes, cycle tracks or street crossings to address critical missing links in the City’s active transportation networks. Candidate projects are in addition to facilities that will be delivered through road resurfacing, road construction, rapid transit projects, and other planned works. Active transportation candidate projects were informed by public consultation, Councillor input on priorities, and a network review using a policy lens. You can find out more about how the candidate projects were selected here.

    The City is also looking for feedback on a proposed network of paved shoulders to be added to rural roads at the time of resurfacing. If you walk or bike on roads in Ottawa’s rural areas, we encourage you to view the map and add comments to let us know what you think. You can find more about how the proposal rural network was developed here.

    For more information please email tmpupdate@ottawa.ca

  • Draft TMP Policies One-pagers and Feedback Forms

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    Thank you for your interest in the draft TMP policies. The TMP is a complex document. In order to facilitate your feedback, we have created a series of one-pagers on the key topics we heard in our engagements so far.

    Each paper is listed below and you can select the topics of interest to you or go through them all.

    If you have any questions or would like to provide general comments, you can always do so through tmpupdate@ottawa.ca.

    Residents have until February 18th to complete the surveys.

    15-minute neighbourhoods Active Transportation Affordability and Capital Infrastructure Curb Space Management
    Emerging Technologies Equity and Inclusion Movement of Goods Pandemic
    Priority Neighbourhoods Transects Rural Transit
    Safe Roads & Complete Streets Climate Change Encourage Sustainable Travel


    For more information on how the draft TMP aligns with the Healthy Streets approach please read more here.

  • FAQ Document

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    The TMP policy document has been developed in line with the New Official Plan, and the new realities of our growing city. The document will guide our transportation decisions and networks to 2046 and help Ottawa fulfill its vision of becoming the most liveable mid-sized city in North America.

    Please read this FAQ to see if it answers your questions. If you have a question that has not been answered below you can email it to tmpupdate@ottawa.ca

  • Climate Change and Transportation Planning

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    In developing the TMP, it is important to consider the relationship between transportation and climate change – one of the most pressing issues of our time. As a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the transportation sector has a key role to play in reducing climate change. It is also vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. As such, measures to improve resiliency must be considered in the design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure.

    The Climate Change and Transportation Planning discussion paper explores the relationship between transportation and climate change, including various strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

    You can view the discussion paper here.

    Please share your feedback and comments by sending an email to TMPUpdate@ottawa.ca.

  • TMP Schedule Update

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    Updated October 2021

    The schedule for the TMP Update has been revised due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A memo to the Mayor and Council was released on June 30, 2021 (see document library on this site) to inform Council of changes to the timing of the Origin-Destination (OD) travel survey – a critical input to the TMP Update. As such, the schedule of the TMP Update has been revised. As noted in the memo, the completion date for the network development and prioritization elements of the TMP Update is Fall 2024. In the interest of moving the project forward, the TMP Update will be re-structured into two parts: a policy document; and a capital infrastructure plan for transit, active transportation, and roads. Since the TMP policies are not impacted by the OD Survey, the policy document continues to be developed, and will be brought forward for public consultation in Fall 2021 and to Council for approval in Spring 2022. The capital infrastructure plan will be developed after the OD Survey, and will be brought forward for approval in Fall 2024.

    [NOTE: The original approved scope of work for the TMP Update (which includes updates to the Active Transportation Plan, formerly the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and Ottawa Cycling Plan) identified completion of the TMP Update in April 2022.]

    Watch this project website and subscribe to the newsletter for further updates and details on how to participate in consultations.

  • Phase 2 Engagement Summary Report Posted

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    A summary of the results of the second phase of public engagement on the TMP Update, including the Active Transportation Plan online activity, is now posted. Both summary reports are available for viewing in the Document library section of the website

  • TMP Phase 2 Public Engagement is Now Complete

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    Thank you to all participants that responded to the survey. Results of the survey will be posted in the coming months.

  • Fill Out The New Online Questionnaire Until October 23, 2020!

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Thank you to all participants that responded to the survey. Results of the survey will be posted later this year.

    The questionnaire included questions on the focus areas and network principles that will shape Ottawa’s new Active Transportation Plan, an updated plan that will combine the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan into one, and guide the policies and actions for the development of the city’s pedestrian and cycling network.

    View this video and look at our digital display boards to learn more about the topics discussed in the questionnaire.

  • Active Transportation Plan - Missing Pedestrian and Cycling Links

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    Ottawa’s updated Active Transportation (AT) Plan will combine the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and the Ottawa Cycling Plan into one.

    Until October 23, use the online mapping activity to help shape the AT Plan by sharing your thoughts on:

    • The missing links in the walking and cycling network - to help identify possible cycling and pedestrian projects;

    • The criteria that will be used to rank possible projects for short- or long-term implementation; and,

    • Proposed design principles - how to create the right level of separation between cyclists, pedestrians and motorized vehicles based on where the networks are located and the roads around them.

    View this video and look at our digital display boards to learn more about these topics.

Page last updated: 11 January 2022, 19:09