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Rural Connections – January 20

Snow Go Program
Need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter? The Snow Go Program can help you! This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service. 

The two programs are as follows:·         The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow. ·         The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.  Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per Term.Check ottawa.ca/snowgo to find the agency that services your neighbourhood
ATV By-Law 
In 2019, the City of Ottawa finalized the ATV pilot project in Ward 20 and passed By-Law 2019-421. This by-law establishes the routes in Ward 20, and frames the process for new ATV routes to be applied for within the City. The by-law as aligned some regulations between snowmobile use and ATV use to create more consistency. The process was one of great cooperation between snowmobile clubs and ATV clubs. Here are the most notable changes:Where permitted, ATVs may now ride between the hours of 7AM and 11PMThere is a process for ATV clubs to apply for route networks in other Rural areas of the CityTo be reviewed before going to Committee and Council for approvalThere is a formal process for ATV clubs to expand existing route networksFlexibility has been built in for use of trails, depending on weather and time of yearTo be decided by ATV clubs, snowmobile clubs and Rural Affairs Office
  Rural Association Partnership Program 2020
If you are an Ottawa organization operating a rural fair, a farmers’ market or a rural business organization such as Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7,500 through the City of Ottawa’s Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP).The first round of RAPP funding is now available with applications being accepted until Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4 pm.The objectives of the RAPP are:·       To provide project-based funding that supports the main priorities for rural organizations. ·       To contribute to the City’s rural economic health by supporting projects that will assist Ottawa’s rural business organizations, fairs and farmers markets achieve sustainability and capitalize on the proximity to Ottawa’s large urban market. ·       To assist in promoting Ottawa’s rural identity to both residents and tourists. ·       To provide economic benefits to small and medium sized enterprises in Ottawa’s rural communities. ·       Assist rural communities to overcome the business development challenges associated with smaller local population base. ·       To increase the capacity for rural communities to provide a quality visitor experience. More information, including guidelines and an application form, can be found on the Rural Association Partnership Program webpage.Prospective RAPP applicants are encouraged to contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 24541 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application.
Rural Clean Water Program 2020
The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Landowners completing projects in 2020 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. Applications are now being accepted for 2020.Grants are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation. Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa.  Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.
Recreation and Parks Funding: Community Partnership Minor/Major Capital Programs
The Community Partnership Minor and Major Capital Programs are initiatives designed to implement capital improvements to parks and recreation facilities by partnering with community groups and sharing costs. For more information about these programs please visit the City’s website. Note that the deadline to apply for the Community Partnership Major Capital Program is March 1, 2020.  Note that the deadline to apply for the Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is May 1, 2020.
License Free Family Fishing
Four times a year, Canadian residents can fish in Ontario without buying a fishing licence, during:Family Fishing Weekend in February (February 15-17, 2020)Mother’s Day Weekend in May (May 9-10, 2020)Father’s Day Weekend in June (June 20-21, 2020)Family Fishing Week in July (July 4-12, 2020)The next licence-free period is February 15-17, 2020
Winter Farmers Market
Come out and support local producers and farms! Just because it is winter, there is no reason to miss out on getting locally grown food. From January through the end of April, the Lansdowne Farmers Market is open Sundays from 10:00am – 3:00pm in the Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park.Driving? Lansdowne is best accessed using the entrance at Queen Elizabeth Drive, where they now have a sign to mark it. Underground parking is available underneath Lansdowne, and limited street level parking is also available. Underground parking is $1.50/30 minutes. Parking along Bank Street is also available, free of charge, on Sundays.
Skating in Rural Ottawa
Check out the City’s new website to find out information about the outdoor rinks in the rural area including their conditions. The new website features an online map showing all of the City’s outdoor rink locations.The City of Ottawa also offers a searchable public skating schedule. Personalize your search and find a public skating schedule that works for you.
Winter Weather
Visit the City’s winter maintenance page for information on city operations and what residents can do to prepare for the season.
Summer Employment Recruitment
Students interested in summer employment with the City of Ottawa can apply online. The Summer Student Employment Program is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insight into today’s workforce, discover a career path, showcase skills and enhance academic goals. Positions are available in the many different areas.For more information including eligibility criteria and other requirements, visit https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/jobs-city/summer-employment-recruitment. The 2020 Summer Student Employment Campaign will be open February 3, 2020.
March Break Activities
From crafts to sports, the City of Ottawa has lots of activities for your family during the week of March 16-20, 2020 in recreation and culture facilities, pools and arenas. Find active and interesting camps in your neighbourhood or a specialty camp for the athlete or artist. For more information visit: https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/campshttps://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-programs/march-break-and-other-camps.
Ottawa Local Food Networking Event 
Farmers and ChefsTuesday March 10 – Save the Date!11am-2pmPresented @ Algonquin College in partnership with the Egg Farmers of Ontario, Just Food, City of Ottawa and Ottawa Tourism.$15 (Lunch included)Mayor presenting on the new Rural Strategy and Action PlanHighlights from local food regional innovators on sustainability including keynote by David Beking of Beking Poultry Farm. More information and registration will be found on www.justfood.ca in the coming weeks.
Rural Development Applications
Please see below for recently updated development applications in rural Ottawa, subject to public consultation. More Information at: devapps.Ward 5 – West Carleton-MarchWard 19 – Cumberland (includes rural and suburban properties)Ward 20 – OsgoodeWard 21 – Rideau Goulbourn