City Updates

February 21, 2020 | Crime Prevention Ottawa: Paint it Up!

Crime Prevention Ottawa, with the City of Ottawa, through the Paint it Up! graffiti program, offers funding for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. All projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti. 

For more information on how to apply, the program guidelines, and when information sessions will be taking place please visit:

The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

February 7, 2020 | Ottawa Public Health: Coronavirus

Ottawa Public Health has provided an update concerning the Novel Coronavirus. There are currently no confirmed or presumptive positive cases of novel coronavirus in Ottawa. The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with the current novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, as low for Canada.  

I encourage you to visit and frequently for the latest information.

IF you are traveling:

Ottawa Public Health is following the Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines, which do not recommend exclusion from regular activities of travelers from China who are well and asymptomatic. Individuals should monitor for symptoms and should stay home from school, work or daycare if symptoms develop. It is recommended you visit your health care provider if you have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms, such as cough or breathing difficulties AND any of the following: 

  • Have travelled to Hubei Province (Wuhan), China in the 14 days before onset of illness;
  • Have been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of novel coronavirus;
  • Have been in close contact with anyone that has a respiratory illness and who has been to Hubei Province (Wuhan) within 14 days prior to their illness onset. 

IF you are looking to support travelers returning from affected areas with food, transportation and support in self-isolating:OPH does not recommend self-isolation unless recommended by a health professional. In any event, it is important to always follow recommendations to reduce the spread of germs, such as: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your arm, not your hand 
  • If you are ill and must visit a healthcare provider, call ahead or tell them right away when you arrive that you have a respiratory illness and wear a mask while waiting to  be seen 

Finally, to avoid the spread of misinformation, I recommend that residents read and share updates from credible sources such as: 

January 20, 2020 | The Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)

Please see the message from the Ontario Energy Board concerning electricity to low-income families and individuals:

Did you know that if you pay for electricity and are in a lower-income home, you may  qualify for a reduction on your electricity bill. The OESP will reduce the cost of your household electricity by applying a monthly credit directly to your bill. The credit amount will depend on how many people live in your home and your combined household income. 

Applications are simple and can be done online by clicking here: In order to apply, you must be the account holder for the electricity bill and live at the service address for the account. The reduction is generally $45 per month for ODSP recipients. You can apply any time in the year, and applications take about 6 to 8 weeks to  process. The credit is applied to your utility bill fairly quickly after your application has been approved. Eligible customers will receive on-bill credits for two years regardless of when a customer applies and their credits begin.

January 20, 2020 | OPS 2020 Thomas G. Flanagan S.C. Scholarship Award

The Ottawa Police Service is now accepting applications for the 2020 Thomas G. Flanagan S.C. Scholarship Award. 

The $1,500 scholarship was established in 1993 in honour of the late Thomas G. Flanagan, who served as chief of police of the OPS between 1989 and 1993. It is presented annually to a woman from a racialized or Indigenous community who is interested in pursuing a career in policing, following a period of post-secondary study. 

Applications are available online at and can be submitted by email to, or by mail to: 

Ottawa Police Service, Diversity and Race Relations, P.O. Box 9634, Station T, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 6H5. 

The deadline for applications is February 29, 2020.

January 10, 2020 | Registering Your Pet

Please see the monthly message from Bylaw Services:

The City of Ottawa and Ren’s Pets wish to encourage pet owners to apply for and renew their annual cat and dog registration. 

Starting this month, for each new pet registration or renewal, Ren’s Pets has generously donated a $25 coupon*, redeemable online or in-store at any Ren’s Pets location. Simply bring in the coupon (that you will be provided when you register your pet) and proof of pet registration payment, to SAVE on pet food and supplies!

Registering your cat or dog is an annual requirement in the City of Ottawa. You can register your pet:

  • Online at My ServiceOttawa with the following payment options: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Interac Online and Visa Debit, or;
  • In person at one of the City of Ottawa’s Client Service Centres

You will receive a numbered metal tag which must be affixed to your pet’s collar / harness, particularly when outside of your home.

Losing a pet can be a traumatic experience for both the owner and the pet. By registering your dog or cat with the City of Ottawa you are ensuring that Bylaw Services has the information they need to reunite you with your pet in the event that your dog or cat accidently becomes lost. It has been our experience that a cat or dog with a registration tag attached to its collar/harness is often returned to the owner the same day that it is found. Without one, the owner must search all nearby shelters and animal hospitals looking for their cat or dog.

January 10, 2020 | 2020 Community Economic Development Grants Fund

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the 2020 CED grants program.The application closing date is Friday March 20, 2020.The annual Community Economic Development (CED) Funding Program provides financial support to selected projects (not ongoing program expenses) that are anticipated to result in:

  • Job creation
  • Business creation
  • Entrepreneurship skills development
  • Employability skills development

The CED Funding Program is focused on having a positive impact on disadvantaged populations (e.g. lower income youth and older adults, rural residents, new immigrants, visible minorities, etc.), while also demonstrating social justice and inclusion, and/or cultural diversification benefits.

Projects should help build community capacity to support these objectives beyond the project funding period. Projects should help targeted populations to overcome identified disadvantages. Projects should build inclusivity for populations that are under-represented in the mainstream economy.

The CED Grants Funding Program awards a total of up to $280,000 per year, distributed among the top-ranked proposals that are selected by a jury panel of reviewers. While proposals may have inherent merits, funds are awarded only among the top-ranked projects, until the annual funding maximum is reached.

Please follow this link for more information and to submit your proposal. English or French.

If you would like to discuss your project idea before submitting your proposal, please contact Ian Scott, Economic Development Officer at

January 10, 2020 | Bylaw Services and Parking Regulations

Did you know? All streets have parking limits, even if there are no posted signs. The reason is for parking space turnaround and street cleaning and plowing. I ask that you please respect the parking bylaws. 

If you witness any vehicles parking longer than the parking bylaw, you may report the vehicle to Bylaw Services by calling 311 or reporting online at

December 20, 2019 | Cold Water and Your Water Pipes

During typical winters in Ottawa, some homes and businesses experience a frozen water service pipe that prevents water from reaching their internal plumbing. To minimize the risk of this service interruption, as many as 2,100 customers may be issued notices across the city. 

Water Services will issue these notices to drinking water customers that have previously experienced a frozen water service pipe, using a phased notification process based on increasing frost penetration depths. The notice provides customers with advance notification that their water service pipe may freeze again, information on how to avoid a frozen water service pipe (including a run water advisory), and steps to take if their water service pipe freezes.

Customers receive different notices depending on whether previous experience indicates the risk of freezing lies on the public or private side of the property line, as this will dictate whether there is an associated cost to running water.

December 16, 2019 | OPS Reporting Public Survey

The Ottawa Police want to hear from you! Please take the time to complete the online survey concerning their reporting system. If you have any feedback or suggestions, I encourage you to complete the survey today.

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.

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