Ottawa 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 Round 1 of public consultation from members of the public, Members of Council and key stakeholders, as well as research and analysis by the consultant team. The Options Report includes five options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards.

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 is now available below in addition to minor adjustments to the maps for Options 1 to 5, and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature that allows users to overlay each ward option on top of the current ward structure. PDF versions of the maps for Options 1 to 6 are also available.

The Round 2 public consultation period and engagement tools have now been launched. This consultation will run from August 19, 2020, to September 25, 2020. During this time, the consultant team will collect feedback on the six options to re-align Ottawa’s wards. Details on Round 2 can be found on this page and include information regarding:

  • registration for virtual consultation sessions
  • an online survey and ranking tool

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

Additional project information, including dates and times for virtual consultation sessions, 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 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 is consulting the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.

The project includes two rounds of public consultation. Residents and businesses are able to share 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 (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 Supplementary Report on Option 6 is now available, in addition to minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 maps and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature.

Round 2 (Wednesday, August 19, 2020 to Friday, September 25, 2020): We will collect your feedback on the 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 Round 1 of public consultation from members of the public, Members of Council and key stakeholders, as well as research and analysis by the consultant team. The Options Report includes five options for re-aligning Ottawa’s wards.

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 is now available below in addition to minor adjustments to the maps for Options 1 to 5, and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature that allows users to overlay each ward option on top of the current ward structure. PDF versions of the maps for Options 1 to 6 are also available.

The Round 2 public consultation period and engagement tools have now been launched. This consultation will run from August 19, 2020, to September 25, 2020. During this time, the consultant team will collect feedback on the six options to re-align Ottawa’s wards. Details on Round 2 can be found on this page and include information regarding:

  • registration for virtual consultation sessions
  • an online survey and ranking tool

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

Additional project information, including dates and times for virtual consultation sessions, 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 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 is consulting the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.

The project includes two rounds of public consultation. Residents and businesses are able to share 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 (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 Supplementary Report on Option 6 is now available, in addition to minor adjustments to the Options 1 to 5 maps and an interactive geoOttawa mapping feature.

Round 2 (Wednesday, August 19, 2020 to Friday, September 25, 2020): We will collect your feedback on the 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 and Have Your Say!

Sign up for project updates and opportunities to participate.