Ward Boundary Review 2020

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The health and safety of Ottawa residents is the top priority for the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health. The City of Ottawa is working together with Ottawa Public Health to monitor the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide updates when they are available.


Project Updates

Following Round 1 of public consultation, the independent consultant team conducting the Ward Boundary Review 2020 has provided its Options Report. The report incorporates input received during Round 1 of public consultation from Members of Council, members of the public and key stakeholders, as well as research and analysis by the consultant team. The report includes five options for new ward boundaries.

The Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council will receive the Options Report on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively.

In Round 2 of public consultation, expected in the third quarter of 2020, the consultant team will collect feedback on the options to realign Ottawa’s wards. Further details on Round 2 public consultation opportunities will be added here and advertised when available.

Additional project information can be found below.

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 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 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 on Engage.ottawa.ca. The remaining public meetings have been cancelled as part of the City’s response to COVID-19.

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 Round 1 of public consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) and City Council will receive the Options Report from the consultant team that sets out options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. FEDCO and Council will receive the Options Report during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively

Round 2 (third quarter of 2020): We will collect your feedback on the options. More details regarding consultation opportunities will be added and advertised when available.

After Round 2 of public consultation regarding the various options, a Final Report with recommendations is expected to be brought forward by the consultant team and considered by FEDCO and Council in late Q4 2020.

GET INVOLVED!

Sign up for project updates and opportunities to participate.

COVID-19 Update

The health and safety of Ottawa residents is the top priority for the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health. The City of Ottawa is working together with Ottawa Public Health to monitor the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide updates when they are available.


Project Updates

Following Round 1 of public consultation, the independent consultant team conducting the Ward Boundary Review 2020 has provided its Options Report. The report incorporates input received during Round 1 of public consultation from Members of Council, members of the public and key stakeholders, as well as research and analysis by the consultant team. The report includes five options for new ward boundaries.

The Finance and Economic Development Committee and City Council will receive the Options Report on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively.

In Round 2 of public consultation, expected in the third quarter of 2020, the consultant team will collect feedback on the options to realign Ottawa’s wards. Further details on Round 2 public consultation opportunities will be added here and advertised when available.

Additional project information can be found below.

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 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 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 on Engage.ottawa.ca. The remaining public meetings have been cancelled as part of the City’s response to COVID-19.

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 Round 1 of public consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) and City Council will receive the Options Report from the consultant team that sets out options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. FEDCO and Council will receive the Options Report during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively

Round 2 (third quarter of 2020): We will collect your feedback on the options. More details regarding consultation opportunities will be added and advertised when available.

After Round 2 of public consultation regarding the various options, a Final Report with recommendations is expected to be brought forward by the consultant team and considered by FEDCO and Council in late Q4 2020.

GET INVOLVED!

Sign up for project updates and opportunities to participate.

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