Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020

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Project Updates

On December 9, 2020, City Council approved a new ward boundary structure for the City of Ottawa.

In making its decision, Council considered the Final Report from the independent consultant team that conducted the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020, as well as recommendations from the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

The new Council-approved ward boundary structure is to take effect for the October 2022 Municipal Elections and is composed of 24 wards, with 12 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards.

It is anticipated that Council will enact a by-law to establish the new ward boundaries on January 27, 2021. In accordance with the Municipal Act, 2001, the City will issue public notice within 15 days of the by-law being approved. The public notice will advise that Council has passed the by-law and specify the last date on which a notice of appeal objecting to the by-law may be filed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. This website will be updated with the public notice once issued by the City.

More information regarding the next steps following Council’s approval of the ward boundary structure is outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions and Key Dates sections below. A Project Overview and other sections below also 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.

Project Updates

On December 9, 2020, City Council approved a new ward boundary structure for the City of Ottawa.

In making its decision, Council considered the Final Report from the independent consultant team that conducted the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020, as well as recommendations from the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

The new Council-approved ward boundary structure is to take effect for the October 2022 Municipal Elections and is composed of 24 wards, with 12 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards.

It is anticipated that Council will enact a by-law to establish the new ward boundaries on January 27, 2021. In accordance with the Municipal Act, 2001, the City will issue public notice within 15 days of the by-law being approved. The public notice will advise that Council has passed the by-law and specify the last date on which a notice of appeal objecting to the by-law may be filed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. This website will be updated with the public notice once issued by the City.

More information regarding the next steps following Council’s approval of the ward boundary structure is outlined in the Frequently Asked Questions and Key Dates sections below. A Project Overview and other sections below also 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.