Ward Boundary Review 2020

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Project Updates

The Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council received the Options Report on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. The report incorporates input received during the Round 1 consultation from members of the public, Members of Council and key stakeholders, and research and analysis by the consultant team. The Options Report includes five options.

During the meeting of July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria. A Supplementary Report outlining Option 6 will be available on August 17 in addition to minor adjustments to the Option 1 to 5 maps, and geoOttawa maps that will allow users to overlap each ward option on top of the current ward structure, providing a visual representation of how current boundaries would change in each option. More updates related to the Round 2 consultation period and engagement tools will be launched on August 19.

The Round 2 consultation period will run from August 19 to September 25. During this time, the consultant team will collect feedback on the six options to realign Ottawa’s wards. More details on Round 2 will be available on August 19, including:

  • registration for the virtual consultation sessions
  • online survey and feedback tool

Your participation and feedback are important and will influence how the City’s ward boundaries will be drawn for the next several elections.

Please check back on August 17 for the Option 6 Supplementary Report and maps, and on August 19 for the launch of the consultation tools and to provide your comments on the six options.

Additional project information, including the virtual public consultation dates and times, can be found on this page.

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 could 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 will consult the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.

There will be two rounds of public consultation. Residents and businesses will be able to share their thoughts through surveys and discussions.

Round 1 (Wednesday, March 4 to Friday, April 3): 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 Option 6 Supplementary Report will be available on August 17 in addition to geoOttawa maps. Further updates related to the Round 2 consultation period and engagement tools will be launched on August 19.

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

After 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.

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Project Updates

The Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council received the Options Report on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. The report incorporates input received during the Round 1 consultation from members of the public, Members of Council and key stakeholders, and research and analysis by the consultant team. The Options Report includes five options.

During the meeting of July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria. A Supplementary Report outlining Option 6 will be available on August 17 in addition to minor adjustments to the Option 1 to 5 maps, and geoOttawa maps that will allow users to overlap each ward option on top of the current ward structure, providing a visual representation of how current boundaries would change in each option. More updates related to the Round 2 consultation period and engagement tools will be launched on August 19.

The Round 2 consultation period will run from August 19 to September 25. During this time, the consultant team will collect feedback on the six options to realign Ottawa’s wards. More details on Round 2 will be available on August 19, including:

  • registration for the virtual consultation sessions
  • online survey and feedback tool

Your participation and feedback are important and will influence how the City’s ward boundaries will be drawn for the next several elections.

Please check back on August 17 for the Option 6 Supplementary Report and maps, and on August 19 for the launch of the consultation tools and to provide your comments on the six options.

Additional project information, including the virtual public consultation dates and times, can be found on this page.

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 could 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 will consult the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.

There will be two rounds of public consultation. Residents and businesses will be able to share their thoughts through surveys and discussions.

Round 1 (Wednesday, March 4 to Friday, April 3): 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 Option 6 Supplementary Report will be available on August 17 in addition to geoOttawa maps. Further updates related to the Round 2 consultation period and engagement tools will be launched on August 19.

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

After 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.

GET INVOLVED!

Sign up for project updates and opportunities to participate.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Welcome to the Round 1 Survey for the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 and thank you for participating. We’re looking for your opinions on Ottawa’s current ward boundaries, number of wards and how many people should be in a ward. Your input will help us develop options for how the city’s wards might be re-aligned.

    Ward boundary reviews have to be done periodically to balance population numbers and achieve other components of effective representation, as established by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly Ontario Municipal Board). Since 2005, some wards have grown approximately twice as fast as other wards, which has resulted in considerable population imbalances.

    Should you require the survey or supporting documentation provided in an accessible format, please make the request to the Project Team at wardboundary@ottawa.ca. The Project Team will be in touch to discuss ways to accommodate your request and ensure your participation in this important initiative.

    This survey will take you about 15 minutes to complete and is open between March 4 and April 3, 2020.

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