Get involved in review of ward boundaries and equal representation
Ottawa – The City encourages you to participate in the Ward Boundary Review 2020, either through the online public engagement survey at ottawa.ca/wardboundary or through any of the nine public consultations taking place between Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, April 1.
In June 2019, City Council directed staff to retain an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive review and establish the city’s ward boundaries that could be used in at least the 2022, 2026 and 2030 municipal elections. Beate Bowron Etcetera Inc., in association with The Davidson Group and Hemson Consulting Ltd., will lead the review and ensure an objective and impartial process.
The last major ward boundary review was conducted 15 years ago, and Ottawa’s population has grown significantly since – especially in suburban wards. There are now significant population imbalances between wards that could affect fair and equal representation for you, the voter. That’s why it is important to get involved and have your say.
There will be two rounds of public consultation. Round one is underway, collecting your input on existing ward boundaries. Once the first phase is finished, the consultant team will prepare an information report that will set out options for revised ward boundaries, to be considered this spring by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council. Round two will be later this year, and will seek opinions and feedback on those ward boundary options.
How to participate
Getting involved is easy and convenient. You can provide your input as part of round one either from the comfort of your own home by completing a survey or submitting comments at ottawa.ca/wardboundary, or by attending one of the following consultation sessions:
Tuesday, March 10
Ben Franklin Place – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Wednesday March 11
St-Laurent Complex – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, March 24
Richcraft Recreation Complex – Kanata – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Wednesday, March 25
Minto Recreation Complex – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Thursday, March 26
Shenkman Arts Centre – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 28
Manotick Community Centre – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Monday, March 30
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, March 31
City Hall – 3 to 5 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Wednesday, April 1
CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
You can get more ward boundary review information at ottawa.ca/wardboundary or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). Inquiries and comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Consultation has concluded