Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020

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Project Updates

The City of Ottawa received two notices of appeal objecting to the by-law enacted by City Council on January 27, 2021, to establish a new ward boundary structure for the 2022-2026 Term of Council.

The 45-day statutory period in which appeals of the by-law could be made ended on March 15, 2021.

In accordance with Subsection 222(5) of the Municipal Act, 2001, the City will forward the notices of appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) by March 30, 2021. The City will also provide any other information or material that the LPAT requires in connection with the appeals, in accordance with Subsection 222(6) of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Subsection 222(7) of the Municipal Act, 2001 provides that the LPAT shall hear the appeals and may make an order affirming, amending or repealing the by-law.

Updates regarding the LPAT process will be provided on this website when available.

More information regarding the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 is outlined in the Frequently asked questions and Key dates sections below. A Project overview and other sections on this page set out the City’s reasons for conducting the ward boundary review, the objectives of the review and the review process.

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa reviewed its ward boundaries in 2020. Ward boundaries must be reviewed periodically to balance population numbers and achieve other components of “effective representation,” as established by the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board). The last major review was completed in 2005 and established the City's 23 wards.

Since the last major ward boundary review, Ottawa has seen considerable population growth, especially in suburban wards outside the Greenbelt. Some wards are growing twice as fast as others, creating population imbalances. Barrhaven (Ward 3)’s population is now 43 per cent above the average ward population of 44,000, Gloucester-South Nepean (Ward 22)’s population is 23 per cent above average and Cumberland (Ward 19)’s population is 17 per cent above average.

The Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 was meant to establish boundaries that can be used in at least three municipal elections (2022, 2026 and 2030) and, perhaps, a fourth municipal election in 2034.

Based on direction from City Council, an independent, third-party consultant team conducted the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 to ensure it was objective and impartial. The team consulted extensively with the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.

The project included two rounds of public consultation. Residents and businesses shared their thoughts through surveys and discussions.

During Round 1 of public consultation (Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020), input was received about the changes individuals wanted to see to the current ward boundaries. Following the Round 1 consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council received the Options Report from the consultant team, which included five options for realigning Ottawa’s wards, during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. During its meeting on July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria, which led to the Supplementary Report that provided a sixth option. The Options Report, the Supplementary Report, a document detailing minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 maps, and PDF maps for Options 1 to 6 continue to be available on this website.

In Round 2 of public consultation (Wednesday, August 19, 2020 to Friday, September 25, 2020), feedback was collected on the six ward boundary options. Following the Round 2 consultation on the six options, the consultant team developed its Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report. The Final Report was considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council during their meetings of December 1, 2020 and December 9, 2020, respectively. The Final Report continue to be available on this website.

At the meeting of December 9, 2020, Council approved a new ward boundary structure for the City of Ottawa. On January 27, 2021, Council enacted By-law No. 2021-3, titled, “A by-law of the City of Ottawa to establish ward boundaries and Council composition.”

Following Council’s approval of By-law No. 2021-3, there was a 45-day statutory period in which notices of appeal for the LPAT could be filed with the City setting out the objections to the by-law and the reasons in support of the objections. The appeal period ended on March 15, 2021. The City received two notices of appeal during the appeal period that will be forwarded to the LPAT. The Municipal Act, 2001 provides that the LPAT shall hear the appeals and may make an order affirming, amending or repealing the by-law.

The City’s by-law to establish ward boundaries would come into force for the 2022 Municipal Elections if the notices of appeal are withdrawn prior to January 1, 2022, or if the LPAT issues an order to affirm or amend the by-law before January 1, 2022.

Project Updates

The City of Ottawa received two notices of appeal objecting to the by-law enacted by City Council on January 27, 2021, to establish a new ward boundary structure for the 2022-2026 Term of Council.

The 45-day statutory period in which appeals of the by-law could be made ended on March 15, 2021.

In accordance with Subsection 222(5) of the Municipal Act, 2001, the City will forward the notices of appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) by March 30, 2021. The City will also provide any other information or material that the LPAT requires in connection with the appeals, in accordance with Subsection 222(6) of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Subsection 222(7) of the Municipal Act, 2001 provides that the LPAT shall hear the appeals and may make an order affirming, amending or repealing the by-law.

Updates regarding the LPAT process will be provided on this website when available.

More information regarding the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 is outlined in the Frequently asked questions and Key dates sections below. A Project overview and other sections on this page set out the City’s reasons for conducting the ward boundary review, the objectives of the review and the review process.

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa reviewed its ward boundaries in 2020. Ward boundaries must be reviewed periodically to balance population numbers and achieve other components of “effective representation,” as established by the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board). The last major review was completed in 2005 and established the City's 23 wards.

Since the last major ward boundary review, Ottawa has seen considerable population growth, especially in suburban wards outside the Greenbelt. Some wards are growing twice as fast as others, creating population imbalances. Barrhaven (Ward 3)’s population is now 43 per cent above the average ward population of 44,000, Gloucester-South Nepean (Ward 22)’s population is 23 per cent above average and Cumberland (Ward 19)’s population is 17 per cent above average.

The Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 was meant to establish boundaries that can be used in at least three municipal elections (2022, 2026 and 2030) and, perhaps, a fourth municipal election in 2034.

Based on direction from City Council, an independent, third-party consultant team conducted the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 to ensure it was objective and impartial. The team consulted extensively with the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.

The project included two rounds of public consultation. Residents and businesses shared their thoughts through surveys and discussions.

During Round 1 of public consultation (Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020), input was received about the changes individuals wanted to see to the current ward boundaries. Following the Round 1 consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council received the Options Report from the consultant team, which included five options for realigning Ottawa’s wards, during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. During its meeting on July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria, which led to the Supplementary Report that provided a sixth option. The Options Report, the Supplementary Report, a document detailing minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 maps, and PDF maps for Options 1 to 6 continue to be available on this website.

In Round 2 of public consultation (Wednesday, August 19, 2020 to Friday, September 25, 2020), feedback was collected on the six ward boundary options. Following the Round 2 consultation on the six options, the consultant team developed its Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report. The Final Report was considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council during their meetings of December 1, 2020 and December 9, 2020, respectively. The Final Report continue to be available on this website.

At the meeting of December 9, 2020, Council approved a new ward boundary structure for the City of Ottawa. On January 27, 2021, Council enacted By-law No. 2021-3, titled, “A by-law of the City of Ottawa to establish ward boundaries and Council composition.”

Following Council’s approval of By-law No. 2021-3, there was a 45-day statutory period in which notices of appeal for the LPAT could be filed with the City setting out the objections to the by-law and the reasons in support of the objections. The appeal period ended on March 15, 2021. The City received two notices of appeal during the appeal period that will be forwarded to the LPAT. The Municipal Act, 2001 provides that the LPAT shall hear the appeals and may make an order affirming, amending or repealing the by-law.

The City’s by-law to establish ward boundaries would come into force for the 2022 Municipal Elections if the notices of appeal are withdrawn prior to January 1, 2022, or if the LPAT issues an order to affirm or amend the by-law before January 1, 2022.