Ward Boundary Review 2020

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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.

Round 1 of public consultation is now closed. Project information can be found below, including the public meeting presentation, a background document, and Round 2 public consultation opportunities.

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.

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.

This consultation period is now closed.

Following Round 1 of public consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) and City Council will consider an Information Report from the Consultant Team that sets out options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. It is expected that FEDCO and Council will consider the Information Report in Q2 2020.

Following Round 1 one of public consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) and City Council will consider an Information Report from the Consultant Team that sets out options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. It is expected that FEDCO and Council will consider the Information Report in Q2 2020.

Round 2 (third quarter of 2020): We will collect your thoughts on the options.

After Round 2 two 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 Q4 2020.

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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.

Round 1 of public consultation is now closed. Project information can be found below, including the public meeting presentation, a background document, and Round 2 public consultation opportunities.

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.

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.

This consultation period is now closed.

Following Round 1 of public consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) and City Council will consider an Information Report from the Consultant Team that sets out options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. It is expected that FEDCO and Council will consider the Information Report in Q2 2020.

Following Round 1 one of public consultation, the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) and City Council will consider an Information Report from the Consultant Team that sets out options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards. It is expected that FEDCO and Council will consider the Information Report in Q2 2020.

Round 2 (third quarter of 2020): We will collect your thoughts on the options.

After Round 2 two 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 Q4 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

    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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