About Us – CSCA

The Carlsbad Springs Community Association

Established in 2004, the Carlsbad Springs Community Association is very active and involved in the community. We are well known to residents, our elected representatives.  In 2019 the Association turned 15.


The current executives of the Association is made up of local residents who volunteer their time and work together to build a better community.  Every residents living in the Carlsbad Springs area are automatically a member of the Association and are eligible to become part of our executive board.   The association was started in the first years when our community was amalgamated with the City of Ottawa from the City of Gloucester / Cumberland township era.   There are over 1000 homes in Carlsbad Springs, Ramsayville, Piperville and Edwards area with a population of approximately 2000 residents (Canada Post / Stats Canada).   Our mandate is report issues and concerns that affect residents, to bring a sense of belonging and inclusivity to all and to nurture positive neighborly attitudes for everyone’s safety and security, so we can all call this home.


Many of our Board members are reps from various community organizations that operate in the community, some represent social clubs while others are individuals that care about our community and are responsible for a specific committee or a project.  We work closely with the following community groups:

  • Le Club Optimiste de Carlsbad Springs
  • La Paroisse St-Laurent
  • Chevaliers de Colomb – Conseil 9519
  • Club Age d’or St-Laurent
  • Dump the Dump 2 
  • Top Generations Club
  • City of Ottawa (traffic, by-law services, roads, transportation, planners, Ottawa Police Service, Cumberland Ward Councilor)
  • Vars Community Association (for the radio station, CJRO).

The Association coordinates seasonal activities throughout the year to build relationships among residents and nurture community awareness and involvement. Over the years, these activities have included:


• Cleaning the Capital
• Summer BBQ
• Winter carnival
• Movie night in the park


The CSCA has established a variety of tools to communicate with the residents.  It manages the local website (carlsbadsprings.ca) and the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ACCS.CSCA/) and also publishes a monthly newsletter (Le / The Communiqué).  In the Communiqué you will find articles and information about the community, social clubs events and other important community announcements, updates on issues and projects and community news.  It is published monthly (from September to June), and sent to residents that subscribes via email.  There are 500+ subscribers.  You can subscribe at carlsbadsprings.ca


Another communication tool is our low power radio station, Carlsbad Vars Radio – CJRO FM available on 107.7 FM in most of Carlsbad Springs and Edwards area and also available online at carlsbadsprings.ca and on 107.9 FM in Vars.   The radio station is still in its infancy and we are working hard to improve it.  You can become a volunteer by contact us at info@carlsbadsprings.ca  We are looking for volunteer host and residents interested in having their own radio show or to simply help us with the technical aspect of the station.  We also accept students looking for volunteer hours.   


The CSCA organizes sports and leisure programming at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre.   Working with volunteers it offers a variety of daily programming for residents that are held at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre.


Additionally the CSCA is responsible for the reservations at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre for private rentals such as anniversaries, baby showers, family parties and community events organized by social groups.  To request a room or inquiry about availability you can visit the local website (see reservations calendar) or send an email at carlsbadreservations@gmail.com


The Association is also responsible for the outdoor rink at Harkness park, hiring a rink maintenance coordinator and a rink supervisor that opens and closes the Centre during the Winter season in January and February. 


The Association holds monthly meetings during which local representatives make short presentations and answer questions from residents and discuss projects and issues.  Presenters may include the ward councilor or his assistant, city services rep and social club reps.  The meetings are held at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre from September to May, meetings start at 7pm.


Every September (third Thursday of the month) the CSCA holds its annual general meeting to which all residents are invited.  The association provides an overview from past year and updates about what is upcoming.  Board members are elected at this meeting.    We are always looking for new executive members and volunteers to help with our new and on-going projects.  To contact the Association please send us an email at info@carlsbadsprings.ca


History of the CSCA –


In March 2004 local residents in south-east rural Ottawa were encourage by the City of Ottawa to create a new community association to represent residents and homeowners, to have a voice for the community of Carlsbad Springs. At the time there was another community group, the Carlsbad Recreational Board but they had not been very active in city related issues but mostly responsible for managing the reservations of the local community centre that was situated on Ninth Line Rd (now Thunder Rd) at the time.   


In April 2004, with the support of a many residents the City helped organize a public meeting and the first executive board for the Carlsbad Springs Community Association (CSCA) was elected; during the same year the CSCA became incorporate.  


As it was officially recognized by the City of Ottawa it was asked to take control of the reservations and the programming that was held at the former Carlsbad Springs Community Centre.     At the same time the CSCA created a local website, carlsbadsprings.ca that they still use today.


The purpose of the Association is to:


·         Empower the community to have a voice

·         Utilize community resources and businesses

·         Liaison with the City of Ottawa and the local Councillor, MPP and MP

·         Promote events and social group / club activities and community programming

·         Build capacity and a volunteer base

·         Raise awareness and educate all ages


Build a sense of pride and educate the younger generation about the history of the community is also an important role for the Association.


Nowadays the CSCA provides the community link to our City representative and is the umbrella organization to many committees (outdoor rink program, sports and leisure programs, management and reservations of the new Carlsbad Springs Community Centre on Piperville Road, monthly distribution and production of the The/ le Communiqué newsletter and management of the community radio station, CJRO 107.7 / 107.9 FM (Carlsbad Vars Radio).  

We would like to encourage all residents of Carlsbad Springs, Edwards and Ramsayville to become members of the community association. Your membership entitles you to vote at the annual general meetings, bring issues relevant to the south-east rural area onto the agenda and get actively involved in projects that are of interest to you.


Cost to become a member is $10 per year, payable during the AGM held in September.


Accomplishments: 2004 to 2019

  • Created strong links with the Municipal Government.
  • Liaise with the City on rural concerns, zoning, planning, road maintenance, street lighting, police/fire/emergency services, etc.
  • Provide: Outdoor rink (supervision and maintenance), Manages and helps maintain the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre in partnership with the City.
  • Holds public & monthly meetings and a AGM in September.
  • Produce & distribute newsletters & bulletins (re: Communiqué) to keep the community up to date on issues and events.
  • Manages a local community website to promote events, community news and provide a variety of information to residents.
  • Leadership role in organizing, and coordinating community events such as a community garage sale, clean up my community day events in partnership with DTD2 group, annual recycling day in the spring, community dinner for the Canada 150 event and more.
  • The CSCA requested funding to add shelfs inside the Community Centre and for the outdoor rink water system at Harkness Park.
  • In 2010 help obtained the funds to build the new Carlsbad Springs Community Centre situated on Piperville road by providing justification for a new community centre and by soliciting the various levels of government for the project.  As a result $3.2 million dollar in funding was provided by the Federal, Provincial and Municipal government to help build a new community complex in Carlsbad Springs.
  • In 2018 the CSCA submitted an application to the CRTC to propose a community radio license to operate a local radio station to service south-east rural Ottawa, based in Carlsbad Springs and in the village of Vars.  The CRTC license was granted in 2019 and the radio station is now operational.   The Association manage the team of volunteers responsible for the programming of this new bilingual community radio station known as Carlsbad Vars Radio (CJRO 107.7/ 107.9 FM).   CJRO Radio offers bilingual music (rock, pop, dance and country) and has local news and a public information show (First Local) that discusses local issues and promotes community and regional events.
  • Requested additional stop signs in various locations throughout the community to make sure roads are safe. 
  • Supported the DTD2 group in their quest to fight against the proposed dump facility proposed at Boundary Rd and Hwy 417.
  • Provides annual funding to local community groups to help them organize various events and programming.
  • Partners with the Optimist Club to help them organize the annual Winter carnival.



This oddly named community was the location of Eastman’s Springs P.O., better known today as Carlsbad Springs. The community briefly boomed during the health spa craze of the late Victorian age (see Carratraca Springs under Prescott County). While Eastman’s Springs and (from 1906) Carlsbad Springs were the approved post office names for the village, the local preference was Cathartic.   Obviously, the name was given because of the beneficial (i.e., cathartic) effects ascribed to the hot springs. Cathartic frequently appeared on the maps in the late 1800s, but Carlsbad Springs is now the only recognized name for the community. Carlsbad Springs, incidentally, was the name of a well-known spa in Bohemia.