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Cumberland Ward and Osgoode Ward to be merged following the 2022 City of Ottawa Municipal elections

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L’équipe de consultants a terminé l’analyse des commentaires qui ont été recueillis lors de la deuxième phase de consultations publiques pour l’examen des limites de quartiers. Ces rétroactions ont apporté un éclairage à l’élaboration des limites de quartiers recommandées pour la Ville d’Ottawa. Le Rapport final de l’équipe de consultants est maintenant disponible et sera examiné par le comité des finances et du développement économique ainsi que par le Conseil municipal le 1er et le 9 décembre 2020, respectivement.  Une septième option a été proposée pour le quartier de Cumberland et cette option jumelle toujours le quartier de Cumberland avec celui d’Osgoode.  Par exception une section ou se situe le village de Cumberland sera attaché avec le quartier d’Orléans et la communauté d’Avalon fera partie d’un nouveau quartier.  Rappelons que les 6 autres options précédentes proposaient aussi jumelé les quartiers de Cumberland et d’Osgoode.  Les résidents francophones sont inquiets qu’en éliminant le quartier de Cumberland les services en français seront affectés au sein d’un mega quartier Cumberland-Osgoode. 

Plus d’info: https://ottawa.ca/fr/hotel-de-ville/engagement-du-public/projets/examen-des-limites-de-quartiers-dottawa-2020#carte-interactive-limites-de-quartiers-recommandees

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 Guest Book 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.

Why are we revisiting Ottawa’s ward structure?

In June 2019, City Council directed City staff to retain an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the City of Ottawa’s ward boundaries. The review 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. The last major review of Ottawa’s ward boundaries occurred in 2004-2005.

The City of Ottawa has seen a considerable spike in population since the last ward boundary review – particularly in Barrhaven (Ward 3), where there has been expanded development of residential communities. The population in other wards has also increased, notably in Gloucester-South Nepean (Ward 22) and Cumberland (Ward 19). Population projections indicate these areas will continue to grow.

A review of ward boundaries is intended to achieve “effective representation” as established by the Supreme Court of Canada. Effective representation is the “goal” of all ward boundary reviews.

More info: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/ottawa-ward-boundary-review-2020