The New Official Plan

The City of Ottawa’s Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city’s physical development. The City of Ottawa has begun a multi-year process to develop a new Official Plan.
Visit https://engage.ottawa.ca/the-new-official-plan for all updates, proposed policy and opportunities to provide feedback.

City of Ottawa – 2020 Civic Events Funding Program

Local not-for-profit organizations, such as community groups and recreation associations may apply for up to $3,000 in funding to deliver community events that take place in local, geographic communities and neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. These family-friendly events must include family entertainment and activities that appeal to members of the geographic community where the event is being held. Eligibility criteria, applications, and the information package can be found at ottawa.ca or any any Ottawa Client Service Centre.
Civic Events Funding Program Deadline: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by 4 pm.
If you are unsure of your eligibility or have questions, please contact the Funding, Partnerships & Agreements Unit to discuss eligibility criteria and the application process at: rec-info@ottawa.ca, or 613-580-2424 ext. 14133

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 Recreation Guide

Telephone registration is no longer available.

Swimming and fitness:
Swim Lessons: Pools A to M [ PDF – 953.26 KB ]
Swim Lessons: Pools N to Z [ PDF – 1.01 MB ]
Certification and Specialty Swimming [ PDF – 789.95 KB ]
Fitness and Wellness [ PDF – 649.52 KB ]
Recreation programs:New! Arts Centres [ PDF – 528.20 KB ]
Preschool [ PDF – 438.93 KB ]
Children [ PDF – 594.83 KB ]
Youth [ PDF – 301.14 KB ]
Families [ PDF – 396.12 KB ]
Adult [ PDF – 497.24 KB ]
50+ Adults [ PDF – 1.59 MB ]
Inclusive Recreation [ PDF – 437.14 KB ]
Skating [ PDF – 658.80 KB ]

You can also browse JOINOttawa for recreation and culture classes, activities and programs.

Winter holiday camps and other camps
Browse the summer camp recreation eGuide complete list here.

Major Fairs and Festivals in Rural Ottawa

Richmond Fair
Date: September 19 to 22
Location: 6107 Perth Street, Richmond
For more information, visit www.richmondfair.ca 

Carp Fair
Date: September 26 to 29
Location: 3790 Carp Road
For more information, visit www.carpfair.ca 

Metcalfe Fair
Date: October 3 to October 6  
Location: 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe
For more information, visit www.metcalfefair.com

GLAD Cleaning the Capital:  Registration is Open!

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the annual Cleaning the Capital fall campaign, which will take place from September 15 to October 15. Early-bird registration began August 15.

Registration is quick and easy:
– Go to www.ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
– Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.

Volunteers who register their cleanup project by September 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by October 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Community Gardens

Sept 15 | A Potluck and Discussion on the Food and its Role in Climate Restoration  
Join Just Food and Regeneration Canada on Sept 15 for a potluck and information session.
When: Sunday, September 15th, from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
– Attendees are invited to visit the on-site farm, it opens at 10 am, product can be stored in a cooler for the duration of the event
– Tour of the Just Food Farm available after lunch.
– Please bring your own dishes cutlery, cups, no disposable dishes please***
– Bring something to share in the potluck or simply join us as a welcomed guest
Parking is available on site and the farm is served by the #94 bus route
– The building is accessible, with a wheelchair lift to the second floor event space

Sept 26 | A Workshop on How to Start a Community Garden
Get ready for the next growing season at the “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop”! Learn next steps including; how to search for land, what is essential when starting a community garden, the supports that are available, tips for organizing the garden, and much more!
The attendance of at least one garden coordinator at a How to Start a Community Garden workshop is a requirement in order to receive funding through the Community Garden Development Fund.  The coordinator must have attended a workshop in the past 3 years.
Registration is required as space is limited.
When: Thursday, Sept 26 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Court, at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
RSVP: communitygardening@justfood.ca
(please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable).

Sept 28 | Community Seed Cleaning Workshop with the Ottawa Seed Library
This workshop will provide a short demo on how to clean common seeds grown in the Ottawa area. Folks are able to bring their own seed harvests and clean them on their own with support from on-site assistance! Even if you don’t have your own seed to clean, everyone is welcome to attend and learn some of the basic principles.
When: Saturday, Sept 28 from 3 pm – 6 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
RSVP: seeds@justfood.ca 

Oct 10 | Canada’s Food Guide – what does this mean for agriculture? What does it mean for eaters?
Canada’s Food Guide is one vision of a sustainable diet. It is intended to promote health and wellness through dietary change—leaving unanswered questions of access and food production. How will the new Food Guide shape our food systems, or change where we get our food? And what does this mean for agriculture across our region?
Panel includes:
·         Ron Bonnett (former president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture)
·         Dr. June Matthews (Registered Dietitian, Professional Home Economist, Associate Professor, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences Brescia University College)
·         Moe Garahan (Executive Director, Just Food)
When: Thursday, October 10 from 9:30 am -12:30 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Court at the Just Food Farm in the Red Barn
A Bring Food Home 2019 Regional Event. Brought to you by Sustain Ontario in partnership with Just Food and the Algoma Rural Agri-Innovation Network sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Space is limited, please register for the event here

Oct 19 | CommuniTree Conference
In partnership with Just Food, the Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s Environment Committee and Tree Team is organizing its first “CommuniTree Conference” on Saturday, October 19th at the Just Food Farm (2391 Pepin Court) in Blackburn Hamlet.
The conference will take place from approximately 9 am to 12:30 pm and will include:
·         various panels
·         a networking break and a tour of a Community Food Forest. 
The conference is an opportunity for community members to;
·         share tree-related stories data and projects
·         provide attendees with new ideas, information and resources carry-out tree-related initiatives in their communities.
If you are interested in promoting stewardship of our urban forest, sharing ideas, meeting community leaders and being part of innovative ways to help our environment, this Conference should not be missed.
The Conference is free to attend, however registration will be required as space is limited.
The registration link will be available by September 9th, on the Blackburn Hamlet Community Association’s website blackburnhamlet.ca.
Any media or other inquiries should be made to treeteam@blackburnhamlet.ca.

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-March
Ward 19 – Cumberland (includes rural and suburban properties)
Ward 20 – Osgoode
Ward 21 – Rideau Goulbourn

Via Rural Connections
City Services: 3-1-1  •  Rural Affairs Office  •  110 Laurier Avenue West
Email: ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca  •  Web: Ottawa.ca/rural  •  @ottawarural