May 2016

Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid

  • The annual Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ is taking place at Festival Plaza, City Hall on Thursday, June 2 this year
  • The Mayor’s Rural Expo helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. If your organization wishes to participate in the Rural Expo, please contact the Rural Affairs Office at or 613-580-2424 x25488.
  • The Food Aid BBQ will help the Ottawa Food Bank raise the necessary funds to sustain its food programs and support local farmers.
  • For more information visit:

Farmers' Markets in Rural Ottawa

With the arrival of spring, farmers' markets are set to open soon across rural Ottawa. Be sure to visit for the vegetables, fruit, meat, arts and crafts and other products that local producers have to offer.

New Waste Collection Calendar is Coming

  • Get ready to make space on your refrigerator or in your garage; the City’s new 12-month waste collection calendar will be delivered by mail to residences across the city starting in May.
  • The calendar starts in June 2016 and runs until May 2017. It features information about regular and holiday collections schedules, Giveaway Weekends, Household Hazardous Waste Depot dates and locations and much more.
  • Residents can visit to view the calendar online, and sign up to receive weekly collection reminders by email, phone or Twitter. They can also visit the City's waste explorer tool to learn which items go in the blue, black and green bins.

Community Environmental Projects Grants Program – June 1 deadline

  • Are you looking for an opportunity to put your environmental ideas into action?  The City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2015 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP). 
  • CEPGP has funding available to community groups and non-profit organizations who want to undertake environmental projects in the areas of improving stormwater management, enhancing and protecting natural systems, or reducing our environmental impact.
  • The application deadline is Monday, June 1, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. 
  • For details on funding eligibility criteria, the application process, profiles of past projects, and an online application, please visit the City of Ottawa website at   
  • Contact Jen Brown at 613-580-2424 x 27914 or at

Green Acres - Ottawa's Rural Reforestation Program

The City of Ottawa's Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. The program provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their property (or properties).

Landowners must be rural property owners in the City of Ottawa, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation. The Green Acres Program will provide landowners with:

  • Subsided tree seedlings;
  • Advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan; and
  • Assistance caring for the trees after they are planted

The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. Applicants must contact the LandOwner Resource Centre to verify that the proposed project is located in the eligible area and meets the funding guidelines.

Watch this information video on the program and its benefits: For more information contact, LandOwner Resource Centre at,, 613-692-3571 or 1-800-387-5304.

Register for a chance to Win a Free Week of Summer Camp

  • Register for a City of Ottawa summer day camp by June 1, 2016 and you could be one of 25 lucky campers to win your week’s cost back, up to a value of $250. All registrations received by this date will automatically be entered into a draw. The more camps you sign-up for, the more chances to win.
  • This year, our Camp Ottawa and Fun’n Friends camps are being offered across the city. Throughout the summer, in a facility near you, find active, imaginative and challenging programs that will entertain and educate campers. Program options include swimming, out-trips and special guests.
  • Try new things, meet new friends and have a fun summer in a caring environment with great leaders as role models. Come play with us! For a complete list of camps available and contest details, visit camps. For more information on recreation programs, connect with us through Facebook.
  • For more information on all City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656).  You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Burn Permits

  • Now that the nice weather is here, make sure you obtain a burning permit before you start to burn.  
  • Open Air Fire Permits can be obtained at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.
  • The following client service centres only issue Open Air Fire Permits, one day per week, in accordance with the following schedule.
  • Metcalfe - 8243 Victoria St., Metcalfe, ON K0A 2P0 - Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Open Air Fire Permits can also be obtained at the following Rural Fire Administration Offices below. Please contact the office you wish to visit by phone in advance to ensure that someone is available to assist you upon arrival.

Vars Fire Station, 6090 Rockdale Rd., R.R. 1 Vars, ON K0A 3H0

Stittsville Fire Station, 1643 Stittsville Main St. Stittsville, ON K2S 1A5 - 613-580-2424, ext. 32260

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 8:30am - 04:00pm

Manotick Fire Station, 5669 Manotick Main St.  Manotick, ON K4M 1K1 - 613-692-3301

  • Monday,Thursday and Friday, 8:30am - 04:00pm

Payment options: Cash, cheque, debit and credit card payment is accepted at all locations above.

More information can be found here:

Ontario Renovates Program Overview

  • The Ontario Renovates Program administered by the City of Ottawa’s Housing Services Branch, provides limited funding to low income seniors who own their home and to persons with disabilities for necessary home repairs and accessibility modifications to support independent living. The program is also available to qualifying landlords to modify their existing units or buildings to make them more accessible to eligible seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Homeowners who are 65 years of age or older, persons with disabilities and/or families with a household member(s) that have a disability, may qualify for assistance, if the property is eligible and if the total gross annual income of the household meets the income requirements. To obtain more information about the Ontario Renovates Program, please visit, call our information line at 613-580-2424 ext 12300 or email

Farm Grant Program

The City of Ottawa Farm Grant Program provides financial relief to working farmers. The grant program will assist eligible farm property owners by allowing the June final tax instalment to be paid in December.

To qualify for the grant, the following conditions must be met:

  • The property must be defined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in the farmlands property class
  • The property must not be owned by a commercial enterprise
  • Taxes have been paid up to date before the June instalment
  • he final  tax instalment billed (mailed May) is paid in full in early December

How the program will work:

  • Penalty charges will continue
  • Notification of the amount to be paid will be communicated to you in the fall
  • The grant amount will be the equivalent of the penalty charges and fees added to your account during the deferral
  • The City will automatically calculate and apply a credit for the grant amount to your tax account; there is no application to fill out

Should you have any questions, please contact Revenue Branch from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m (June to August 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m) at 613-580-2444 (Transactions will be recorded for training and verification purposes). TTY: 613-580-2401.

Property Tax Deferral Program for Low-Income Seniors and People with Disabilities

  • The City of Ottawa offers two property tax deferral programs for low-income seniors and low-income people with disabilities. Eligible homeowners may apply for a full or partial deferral of annual property taxes. Application for tax deferral must be made annually to the City of Ottawa to establish eligibility or confirm continued eligibility.
  • You may apply for one of the following programs: Full Property Tax Deferral Program or Partial Property Tax Deferral Program. For more information, visit or call 613-580-2740.

Rural Well Water Testing Drop-off Schedule

  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing to make it more convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. As part of the improved program, residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations (see chart below).
  • Residents wishing to drop off their samples and pick up testing bottles may also continue to do so during regular business hours at OPH’s main office – Mary Pitt Centre (100 Constellation Drive) or at the Ontario Public Health Laboratory (2380 St. Laurent Blvd)
  • This service will be provided year round and testing for bacteria continues to be offered free of charge. OPH also recommends testing for nitrates. If you are in an agricultural area, you may also wish to test for pesticides, herbicides, gasoline and solvents.

For any further questions or information, please visit or call OPH at 613-580-6744.

  • East
  • JT Bradley Store – Navan                                  1220 Colonial Road                   6 am to 9 pm
  • Midori Market – Sarsfield                                   2950 Colonial Road                   6:30 am to 8:30 pm
  • Orleans Client Service Centre                             255 Centrum Boulevard              8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Peladeau Grocerie – Vars                                  5877 Buckland Road                 8 am to 9 pmRural Development Applications

Development Applications

Ward 19 – Cumberland -

5341 Boundary Road - D02-02-14-0124

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Zoning By-law in Effect
  • Apr 26, 2016

6210 Corduroy Road - D02-02-15-0065

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Zoning By-law in Effect
  • Apr 25, 2016

255 Wall Road - D02-02-16-0022
261 Wall Road
2635 Mer Bleue Road
2643 Mer Bleue Road
2659 Mer Bleue Road

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Comment Period in Progress
  • Apr 19, 2016

1880 Trim Road - D07-04-16-0001

  • Plan of Condominium
  • Application File Pending
  • Apr 14, 2016

3930 Dunning Road - D02-02-16-0024
3940 Dunning Road

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Comment Period in Progress
  • Apr 12, 2016

1613 Devine Road - D02-02-16-0023

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Comment Period in Progress
  • Apr 8, 2016

810 Wall Road - D01-01-15-0020

  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Comment Period has Ended/Issue Resolution
  • Apr 6, 2016

236 Vanguard Drive - D07-12-16-0019

  • Site Plan Control
  • Comment Period has Ended/Issue Resolution
  • Mar 25, 2016

4405 Innes Road - D07-12-15-0161
4409 Innes Road

  • Site Plan Control
  • Application File Pending
  • Dec 19, 2015

5574 Rockdale Road - D07-12-14-0007

  • Site Plan Control
  • Application File Pending
  • Nov 27, 2015

2725 Old Montreal Road - D07-12-14-0008

  • Site Plan Control
  • Application File Pending
  • Oct 23, 2015

5341 Boundary Road - D01-01-14-0018

  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Appealed to OMB
  • Aug 7, 2015

5341 Boundary Road - D07-16-14-0024

  • Plan of Subdivision
  • Application File Pending
  • Feb 19, 2015

3455 Milton Road - D02-02-14-0108

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Application File Pending
  • Oct 15, 2014

2605 Tenth Line Road - D07-16-14-0008

  • Plan of Subdivision
  • Application File Pending
  • Sep 12, 2014

5001 Herbert Drive - D07-12-13-0252

  • Site Plan Control
  • Application File Pending
  • Sep 4, 2014

5341 Boundary Road - D07-12-12-0210

  • Site Plan Control
  • Application File Pending
  • Mar 20, 2013

352 Aquaview Drive - D02-02-09-0070

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Application File Pending
  • Oct 19, 2012

352 Aquaview Drive - D07-12-12-0144

  • Site Plan Control
  • Application File Pending
  • Oct 19, 2012

1730 Wilhaven Drive - D07-16-09-0030

  • Plan of Subdivision
  • Application File Pending
  • Jan 27, 2010