Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020

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Project Updates

Round 2 of public consultation now closed!

Round 2 public consultation was held from August 19, 2020, to September 25, 2020, and has come to a close. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the six options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards, whether it was by completing the survey, attending a public or stakeholder consultation meeting, or sending written comments by email or through the Guest Book.

The Options Report describing Options 1-5 and the Supplementary Report describing Option 6 are still available.

Analysis by the consultant team of the feedback received during Round 2 is underway and will inform the recommendations in the Final Report for a new ward structure for Ottawa. The Final Report is to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council in December 2020.

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Project Overview

The City of Ottawa is reviewing its ward boundaries. The last major review was completed in 2005 and established the City’s 23 wards.

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).

Since the last major ward boundary review 15 years ago, 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 is 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 is conducting the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 to ensure it is objective and impartial. The team has 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.

Round 1 (Wednesday, March 4, 2020, to Friday, April 3, 2020): We learned about the changes you’d like to see to the current ward boundaries.

Following the Round 1 consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDC) and City Council received the Options Report from the consultant team during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. The Options Report sets out five options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. During its meeting on July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria. The Supplementary Report on Option 6 is available, in addition to minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 map, PDF versions of the maps for Options 1-6 and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature, which allows the ward boundaries in all options to be overlayed onto the current ward boundaries..

Round 2 (Wednesday, August 19, 2020, to Friday, September 25, 2020): We collected your feedback on the six ward boundary options.

Following the Round 2 consultation on the six options, a Final Report with recommendations is expected to be brought forward by the consultant team and considered by FEDC and Council in December 2020.

Project Updates

Round 2 of public consultation now closed!

Round 2 public consultation was held from August 19, 2020, to September 25, 2020, and has come to a close. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the six options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards, whether it was by completing the survey, attending a public or stakeholder consultation meeting, or sending written comments by email or through the Guest Book.

The Options Report describing Options 1-5 and the Supplementary Report describing Option 6 are still available.

Analysis by the consultant team of the feedback received during Round 2 is underway and will inform the recommendations in the Final Report for a new ward structure for Ottawa. The Final Report is to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council in December 2020.

Sign up to receive project updates by email.

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa is reviewing its ward boundaries. The last major review was completed in 2005 and established the City’s 23 wards.

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).

Since the last major ward boundary review 15 years ago, 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 is 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 is conducting the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 to ensure it is objective and impartial. The team has 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.

Round 1 (Wednesday, March 4, 2020, to Friday, April 3, 2020): We learned about the changes you’d like to see to the current ward boundaries.

Following the Round 1 consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDC) and City Council received the Options Report from the consultant team during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. The Options Report sets out five options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. During its meeting on July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria. The Supplementary Report on Option 6 is available, in addition to minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 map, PDF versions of the maps for Options 1-6 and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature, which allows the ward boundaries in all options to be overlayed onto the current ward boundaries..

Round 2 (Wednesday, August 19, 2020, to Friday, September 25, 2020): We collected your feedback on the six ward boundary options.

Following the Round 2 consultation on the six options, a Final Report with recommendations is expected to be brought forward by the consultant team and considered by FEDC and Council in December 2020.