Archives: City Updates

June 2019

June 13, 2019 | State of Emergency in the City of Ottawa Has Been Lifted

Thank you to all volunteers and City staff who helped during the flood relief in both filling and removing sandbags. The City of Ottawa has officially declared that we are no longer in a state of emergency. It is amazing to see so many people come together during such a challenging time. Thank you!

June 5, 2019 | Update: Flooding – Volunteers Needed

The City of Ottawa is still in a state of emergency. There is an urgent need for volunteers to help remove 1 million sandbags from the flood-impacted communities so we can move forward with the next stage of clean-up and recovery. To stay informed or to learn how you can help, please visit the City of Ottawa website.

May 2019

May 22, 2019 | Public Survey: Ottawa Police Services Board

The Ottawa Police Services Board is asking the public to fill out a survey to assist for their search for a new Chief of Police. They want to hear from you to know what they should be looking for in an ideal candidate. The survey will be posted until Friday, June 7, 2019, at 4:00 pm

Fill out the survey today

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, the Board will also be hosting a community town hall to obtain feedback from residents who are interested in providing their comments in person. The town hall will be held at St. Elias Centre, 750 Ridgewood Avenue, from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. If you are interested in attending the community town hall, kindly register at   id":"429

April 2019

April 30, 2019 | Update: Flooding

Based on information provided by the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Boardand the weather forecast from Environment Canada, the Ottawa River and tributaries are expected to continue rising over the next several days.

The City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency on Thursday, April 25 in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. Following the declaration, the City formally requested assistance from the Province of Ontario with management of the emergency operation. All City departments and services are fully engaged in the emergency response. Support from the Canadian Armed Forces arrived in Ottawa on Friday, April 26 and members of the military are assisting with the emergency response.


The City is coordinating an evacuation plan for residents who live where floodwater is posing an imminent threat to safety, life and property. Affected residents will be informed through a visit by City staff, who will provide specific advice to either evacuate or prepare for the possibility of evacuation.

The City encourages property owners who may be affected by flooding along the Ottawa River to register online for help. Those who do not have access to the internet can call 2-1-1 or the toll-free number at 1-877-761-9076 to register. Each residential property will initially be assessed by a Rapid Damage Assessor and response will be prioritized based on need and risk.

Residents who would like to volunteer can find more information on Updates are provided on Facebook, Twitterand to keep residents informed about the changing situation

Traffic congestion around the flood emergency sites is an impediment to City crews and emergency vehicles. Residents are asked to stay clear of the flooded areas unless they are volunteering or live in the area.

Up-to-date information on road closures caused by flooding is available on our Interactive Traffic Map. Click the “Incident” box on the left-hand side to see the closures.

Residents should visit for more information about how to prepare for floods.

April 26, 2019 | Capital Timberworks – Local Tree Care Service

Looking to dispose of removed or downed trees? You can do this and support a local business by disposing these trees at Capital Timberworks! This local business takes these trees and provides them a "second life" by using the wood for custom furniture pieces and also sell to other local woodworking businesses and hobbyists. Where most other tree services are either cutting this resource into firewood, or dropping it off at a dump, Capital Timberworks have found an alternative use. For more information, visit

April 25, 2019 | Mayor Watson Declares a State of Emergency for Ottawa due to Flooding

The City of Ottawa has declared a state of emergency in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. The emergency was declared due to several cumulative developments including the extensive snowmelt from the northern regions of the Ottawa River, a weather statement from Environment Canada that we could receive an additional 35 millimeters of rain by Saturday, and the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board’s forecast that we could reach 11 centimeters above the 2017 peak flood levels over the weekend. For more information on what you can do, please visit the City of Ottawa website.

April 12, 2019 | Register Today: GLAD Cleaning the Capital

The annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is now open!

Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at The interactive map on our website shows which locations have been chosen and allows residents to register their own project.

Key Campaign Dates:

March 15: Early-bird registration begins 

April 15 to May 15: GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign

April 26 to 28: Capital Cleanup Weekend

May 15: Registration ends

May 31: Deadline to complete cleanup project and submit the online cleanup report for a chance to win prizes

Campaign Success

In 2018 the campaign celebrated the 25th anniversary. The GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign leverages corporate sponsorship and resident engagement to keep our city clean and green. Since the program’s inception, over one million volunteers have participated in over 21,000 cleanup projects throughout the city. As a result, approximately 1,000,000 kilograms of waste has been removed from our public spaces. 

April 4, 2019 | May is Bike to Work Month

Envirocentre, with the support of the City of Ottawa, along with other great community organizations and businesses, are working toward getting more people to try commuting by bike.

This year, Envirocentre will be giving away over $10,000 worth of daily prizes. 

Want to get involved? Sign up today

April | Young at Art

Young at Art 2019 is an exceptional opportunity for Ottawa visual artists between the ages of 12 and 20 to gain recognition for their artistic efforts and abilities within their communities through the experience of a citywide, juried art exhibition.

Some of Ottawa’s best young artists will be recognized at Young at Art 2019 exhibitions, to be held at community galleries citywide. An opening reception will be held at each gallery to celebrate the artists who took part in the exhibition process. Awards for outstanding work in various categories from all three exhibitions will be presented at a citywide awards ceremony in the Chambers at Ben Franklin Place.

Community Exhibit (Participants from wards 3, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, & 22)

Date: April 20 to May 13, 2019

Location: Atrium Gallery and Nepean Fine Arts League Gallery, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Vernissage: April 23, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Citywide Awards Ceremony 

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Location: The Chambers, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr.

Young at Art began 23 years ago at the Kanata Civic Art Gallery and has grown into a citywide event, with the participation of youth artists from east, west and central Ottawa. Last year’s call to artists received submissions of artwork from 326 youth representing 60 Ottawa schools. 

The City of Ottawa presents awards to outstanding artists that are pre-selected by the jury members. These City awards are given by the Mayor and attending Councillors at the awards ceremony. In previous years, artists and arts organizations have also sponsored special awards in their names.  

March 2019

March 29, 2019 | Volunteers Wanted – Safer Roads Ottawa

The City's Pathway Patrol program, Safer Roads Ottawa, is looking for volunteers who love our City and want to become ambassadors of our pathways by joining the growing Pathway Patrol Team. Whether you walk, run, roll or cycle, they would love to have you involved.

Do you ENJOY? 

  • Meeting new people who love being active outdoors as much as you do 
  • Working as part of a team and learning new skills
  • Exploring new parts of this great city 
  • Interacting with residents to help improve their experience of using the pathways (i.e. providing helpful tips, directions, first aid and basic bicycle repairs) 
  • Being a positive role model for pathway etiquette and safety

If you answered YES, then consider becoming part of our Pathway Patrol Team! 

Requirements include a recent Police Records Check, First Aid Training (provided) and a commitment of 6 hours per month.

Contact pathwaypatrol@ottawa.caor 613-580-2424, extension 28064 to find out more about this great program!

Apply today


March 28, 2019 | March is Fraud Prevention Month

Each year, Canadians lose millions of dollars by falling victim to scams and fraud.  Educating yourself on common scams can help prevent you from becoming a victim.


It’s hard to keep up with all the many different kinds of scams. There are also new ones all the time.  Your best defense is to educate yourself and do your research before spending money.

To help you out, Crime Prevention Ottawa has developed a new information sheet: 

Identifying a Scam:  Do Your Research and Protect Yourself!


VIDEO Please leave ample room for emergency vehicles


Leave a gap of at least 3.5 m (11.5ft) Stagger vehicles at a distance of at least 12 m (39.5 ft)

February 2019

More than 500 residents show up in Kanata to fight golf course development


Residents of Kanata come on strong and take on Club Links. Special thanks to Jay McLean and all the Stonebridge people who joined us.   

Ottawa Ash Tree Replacement Pilot Program   

While we cannot guarantee 2019 funding; we are pleased to add complete applications (with no missing information) to a waiting list should we be successful in receiving funding for a second year of this program, or if previously allocated funding becomes available. More information here.

Meehan: Why the city should opt out of pot sales. Here’s my three point plan. 

One of the most important decisions that will be made by Ottawa’s new city council will be whether or not to allow retail cannabis stores to open in the city. Learn more

Book of Condolences - Westboro Station Bus Collision 

To provide enhanced accessibility for residents wishing to convey their sympathies following the Westboro Station bus collision, an online version of the Book of Condolences is available online. The paper copy of the Book of Condolences will be available at Ottawa City Hall (Jean Pigott Place) starting at noon Monday.