City Updates

December 11, 2019 | Survey: City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan

Ottawa is now a city with more than 1 million people. With that growth comes the need to update the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which is the City’s blueprint for the planning, funding, and implementation of its walking, cycling, transit and road networks over the next several decades.

The TMP update will take place in four phases over the next two-and-a-half years with many opportunities for public input.

Starting today and until January 24, you will have your first opportunity to provide your input into the master plan by completing a short online questionnaire. 

Fill out the questionnaire and sign up for updates at:

December 6, 2019 | Public Feedback Needed: Ottawa Public Health

The Ontario Ministry of Health is seeking recommendations to modernize and transform public health services and how they are delivered in Ontario. To do this, your feedback is needed! To learn more and share your thoughts, please visit: 

December 4, 2019 | Public Feedback Needed: Hard Rock Casino Expansion

The City of Ottawa has received Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications for a proposed nine-storey hotel and expanded casino.

A zoning by-law amendment is required for the location of the proposed hotel, to permit parking in the front yard, to permit four loading spaces and to clarify the intent of the 2018 by-law. 

The City of Ottawa requests public review and engagement. You can provide comments on the Site Plan application until a decision is taken. Please email your comments to

Learn more

December 3, 2019 | Ottawa Public Library: Youth Writing Contest

The Awesome Authors contest is back! The youth writing contest encourages young authors to submit creative writing in the efforts to win prizes. Any writer aged 9 to 18 and residing in Ottawa can submit their creative work. They can submit a piece of original writing in each of three literary forms: a poem, a comic or a short story – in English and/or French. One submission per form and language.  

Awesome Authors is one of the Ottawa Public Library’s longest-running and popular programs and this year’s edition is seeing a change in one of its categories. New this year, comic entries can be written by two authors. Submissions are divided into two age categories: 8 to 12, and 13 to 18. Winners will receive cash prizes and, as in previous years, the winning entries will get published in the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association’s (FOPLA) pot-pourri anthology

The deadline for all submissions is February 28, 2020. To learn more please visit:

November 22, 2019 | Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program

The province has announced the launch of the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. This program supports low-income seniors and recognizes the financial constraints experienced by some seniors in being able to receive dental care. Ontarians aged 65 and over with an income of $19,300 or less or couples with a combined annual income of $32,300 or less, who do not have dental benefits, will qualify. Dental services include examinations, x-rays, preventive services such as tooth cleaning; restorative services to repair broken teeth or cavities and denture services. For more information or to apply please visit:

November 5, 2019 | Flu Season 2019-2020

It’s that time of year, flu season. Please remember to protect yourself against the flu and get your flu shot. The more people who get their flu vaccine, the odds of the flu virus spreading goes down. Visit your local pharmacy, family doctor, health care provider office, or visit one of the Ottawa Public Health community clinics between November 2 to November 20. For a list of the community clinics, with dates and times please visit the Ottawa Public Health website

In addition to getting your flu vaccine, you can help stop the spread of the flu, and protect yourself and your family by following a few easy steps:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you are sick, stay at home.

Do not visit hospitalized patients or residents of retirement homes or long-term care homes if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

October 24, 2019 | Cannabis and Older Adults

Ottawa Public Health recently released their newsletter with information concerning cannabis use in older adults. For more information please visit:  

October 7, 2019 | Liberation75 Bulbs

The Canadian Tulip Festival together with their partners, the National Capital Commission, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are preparing for the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands next spring, 2020 by introducing the Liberation75 Tulip. A limited-edition bright orange, mid-early blooming tulip with crown-shaped petals. 

The goal of the Liberation75 Commemorative Planting Campaign is to plant 1.1 Million tulips honouring the 1.1 Million Canadians who served in the Second World War. You can support this cause by buying your tulips today, or by spreading the word. Learn more

September 6, 2019 | OPS Introduces New Chief of Police

As a member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, I am happy to announce that our Ottawa Police Service has chosen a new Chief of Police, Peter Sloly, who will be taking on his role in October. Mr. Sloly was a 27-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, where he held rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Other experiences include serving two tours of duty in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. His impressive background combined with his passion and desire to build a safer city makes me more than confident that he will be successful in his position. My many congratulations to Mr. Sloly and to the OPS for choosing an exceptional candidate as their new Chief of Police.

September 6, 2019 | City of Ottawa's New Official Plan

This year, the City of Ottawa will begin a multi-year process to develop a new Official Plan. In doing this, they will be providing regular updates, such as FAQS, blogs, draft policies, and are looking for your feedback through different feedback opportunities such as surveys. I invite you to visit the City of Ottawa website, where you can learn more about the Official Plan, receive regular updates, and provide your feedback. Learn more

August 9, 2019 | Hog's Back Bridge Closure

If Hogs Back Bridge is part of your daily commute, please plan your route accordingly as repair work for the bridge will begin on Monday, August 12. This work is expected to be completed in May 2020. This closure is so the National Capital Commission can rehabilitate the bridge.   

Vehicles will be detoured via Riverside Drive, the Heron Road Workers Memorial Bridge and Prince of Wales Drive. Access for pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained throughout the construction period. Colonel By Drive and the Rideau Canal will remain open.