Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020

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Project Updates

The consultant team has completed its analysis of comments received during Round 2 of public consultation. The public feedback has informed the development of the Recommended Ward Boundaries for the City of Ottawa. The consultant team’s Final Report is now available and will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDC) and City Council on December 1, 2020, and December 9, 2020, respectively.

A new interactive geoOttawa mapping feature has been created so you can view how the recommended ward structure will affect you. PDF maps for each of the 24 wards are also available. Previous materials, including the consultant team’s Options Report and Supplementary Report and other supporting documents and maps, are still available in the Reports and documents section below.

Round 2 of public consultation was held from August 19, 2020, to September 25, 2020. In total, 2,150 surveys, 238 submissions and comments by email and telephone, and 16 guestbook entries were submitted during this round and 137 individuals and stakeholder groups participated in the public and stakeholder meetings. All Members of Council, including the new Ward 19 – Cumberland Councillor, were also consulted.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the six options for realigning 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.

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 and City Council received the Options Report, with five options for realigning Ottawa’s wards, from the consultant team during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. During its meeting on July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria, which led to the Supplementary Report. The Options Report, the Supplementary Report, a document detailing minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 maps, PDF maps for Options 1 to 6 and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature, which allows viewers to overlay the six options onto Ottawa’s current ward structure, continue to be available on this website.

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, the consultant team developed its Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report. The Final Report will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council in December 2020.

Project Updates

The consultant team has completed its analysis of comments received during Round 2 of public consultation. The public feedback has informed the development of the Recommended Ward Boundaries for the City of Ottawa. The consultant team’s Final Report is now available and will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDC) and City Council on December 1, 2020, and December 9, 2020, respectively.

A new interactive geoOttawa mapping feature has been created so you can view how the recommended ward structure will affect you. PDF maps for each of the 24 wards are also available. Previous materials, including the consultant team’s Options Report and Supplementary Report and other supporting documents and maps, are still available in the Reports and documents section below.

Round 2 of public consultation was held from August 19, 2020, to September 25, 2020. In total, 2,150 surveys, 238 submissions and comments by email and telephone, and 16 guestbook entries were submitted during this round and 137 individuals and stakeholder groups participated in the public and stakeholder meetings. All Members of Council, including the new Ward 19 – Cumberland Councillor, were also consulted.

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the six options for realigning 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.

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 and City Council received the Options Report, with five options for realigning Ottawa’s wards, from the consultant team during their meetings on July 7, 2020, and July 15, 2020, respectively. During its meeting on July 15, 2020, Council requested the development of a sixth ward boundary option, based on certain criteria, which led to the Supplementary Report. The Options Report, the Supplementary Report, a document detailing minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 maps, PDF maps for Options 1 to 6 and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature, which allows viewers to overlay the six options onto Ottawa’s current ward structure, continue to be available on this website.

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, the consultant team developed its Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report. The Final Report will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council in December 2020.