The role of the Rural Affairs Office

  • To monitor and support issues affecting rural Ottawa ensuring that current and emerging rural issues are a prime focus of City staff and Council.
  • To facilitate a productive relationship between the City and its rural citizens by assessing the impact of the City’s rural policies, by-laws and programs and negotiating change.
  • To establish links with provincial and federal governments and to keep City officials informed of developments in legislative and policy efforts.
  • Advocates for the rural perspective in accordance with City Council’s direction.

·         Rural Association Partnership Program – Apply now for funding

·         Apply for funding from the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program

·         Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

·         Are you worried about a senior?

·         Museums Celebrate Easter with Agricultural Heritage

·         Early birds can register now for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital

·         Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid – save the date

·         2014 Manotick Secondary Plan Update Workshop

·         Free “Quit Smoking Workshop”

·         Wildlife speakers series: Session #2 - Backyard Diversity

·         Seasonal load restrictions start for heavy vehicles serving Ottawa

·         Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund

·         Rural Summer Jobs Service

·         Farm Management Canada agricultural student award

·         Rural Development Applications

Rural Association Partnership Program – Apply now for funding

If you are an Ottawa organization operating rural fairs, rural farmers’ markets or a rural business organization such as a Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7,500 through the City of Ottawa’s Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP).

The first round of RAPP funding is now available with applications being accepted until Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4 pm.

The objectives of the RAPP are:

·         To provide project based funding that supports the main priorities for rural organizations.

·         To contribute to the City’s rural economic health by supporting projects that will assist Ottawa’s rural business organizations, fairs and farmers markets achieve sustainability and capitalize on the proximity to Ottawa’s large urban market.

·         To assist in promoting Ottawa’s rural identity to both residents and tourists.

·         To provide economic benefits to small and medium sized enterprises in Ottawa’s rural communities.

·         Assist rural communities to overcome the business development challenges associated with smaller local population base.

·         To increase the capacity for rural communities to provide a quality visitor experience.

More information, including guidelines and an application form, can be found on the Rural Association Partnership Program webpage at

Prospective RAPP applicants are encouraged to contact the Rural Affairs Office at or 613-580-2424 ext. 28352 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application.


Apply for funding from the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program

The City of Ottawa is now receiving applications for the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP), which provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas.

  • Landowners completing projects in 2014 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is May 1, 2014.
  • Some of the many eligible projects include: buffer strips, livestock restrictions, manure storage, land retirement, stream bank stabilization, tile outlet protection, tile drain control structures and well decommissioning. Funding is also available to decommission wells within the city’s urban boundary.
  • Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa and landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must have a completed the third edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects) or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects).
  • Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa. 

Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571, toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132. Visit for a full list of eligible projects and application forms.


Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups. Examples include: play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible. Next deadline: May 1st. Information: or 613-580-2424, ext. 23169 or ext. 26967.


Are you worried about a senior?

Kim, a mobile hairdresser, sees Anne once a month to do her hair.  Kim is worried about Anne because she is elderly and lives alone. She learns that Anne needs help with her laundry because she finds it hard to move around and is afraid of falling. Kim offers to connect Anne to a public health nurse (PHN) with the Community Connect program at Ottawa Public Health (OPH). Anne agrees and calls OPH to discuss Anne’s situation.  A PHN contacts Anne and connects her to a local agency that provides in-home help for seniors.

Kim’s story is one example of how people in the community can recognize seniors who are starting to have difficulty living independently and intervene to help connect them with services and supports by calling Ottawa Public Health’s Community Connect program.

The Community Connect program is a short term service aimed at helping seniors in declining health or living conditions access services in the community.  Public health nurses provide assessment and referral services for individuals who have been identified as needing some additional support.

Learn more about Community Connect and how you can help someone in need or call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). Information:


Museums Celebrate Easter with Agricultural Heritage

It’s easy and affordable to spend time together as a family on April 19 to celebrate the rural traditions of spring with City of Ottawa museum Easter special events 1. Children will have a blast burning off their cabin fever as they hunt for Easter eggs at both sites – made even more special by a visit with the Easter Bunny at Cumberland Heritage Village Museum 2!

Petting zoos and gardening activities help teach young visitors about agriculture’s place in Ottawa’s history, and using natural materials to dye Easter eggs reminds of us days before pre-packaged kits became so mainstream.  If you head over to Pinhey’s Point Historic Site 3, you may also find yourself helping to make sock bunnies and learning local historical trivia from giant carrots. More information and event details can be found at:

1.     Events:

2.     Cumberland:

3.     Pinhey’s Point:


Early birds can register now for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available.

Registration is quick and easy:

·         Go to, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The new 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 before April 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 May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.
  • Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kg of litter from 1,400 locations.
  • 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.


Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid – save the date

The annual Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ is taking place at Festival Plaza, City Hall on Friday, June 6 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 x28352.

The Food Aid BBQ will help the Ottawa Food Bank raise the necessary funds to sustain its beef program for a year and support local farmers.

Further details about Food Aid and Rural Expo will be available in the Rural Connections May newsletter.


2014 Manotick Secondary Plan Update Workshop

This Plan will establish the way the Village of Manotick will grow and develop over the next 20 years including land uses, building heights, building design, parks, pathways and traffic and parking.

Manotick Watermain Link Environmental Assessment and Functional Design Study

This final stage of the EA evaluates the watermain alternatives and recommends the alternative to providing a secondary watermain feed to the Village of Manotick.

  • Public Consultation and Workshop
  • Your ideas about the how the Village should develop and the recommendation for the secondary watermain for Manotick is important to us.
  • Share your ideas by attending this event.
  • Participate in person • Take part in the Planning Primer Workshop and group discussion

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9 a.m. to noon

Manotick Arena, 2nd floor

5572 Doctor Leach, Manotick

For the workshop agenda visit: 

For the watermain EA details visit: (

Questions? Contact:

  • Manotick Secondary Plan: Rose Kung • Planning and Growth Management
  • E-mail:, 613-580-2424 ext. 13124
  • Manotick Watermain: John Bougadis • Planning and Growth Management
  • E-mail:, 613-580-2424 ext.14990

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation services, please contact Rose Kung before noon on April 7, 2014.

Free “Quit Smoking Workshop”

Ottawa Public Health presents a free “Quit Smoking Workshop” on Saturday, April 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the village of Carp. Eligible participants will attend a two-hour workshop on quit smoking strategies, nicotine replacement therapy and its correct use. A five-week kit of nicotine patches, will be provided free of charge to participants following the workshop. To learn more, see if you qualify, and to register, contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.


Wildlife speakers series: Session #2 - Backyard Diversity

  • The City of Ottawa will be marking National Wildlife Week with the second session of its Wildlife Speakers Series on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers) at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. The topic of this session is Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home. Information:


Seasonal load restrictions start for heavy vehicles serving Ottawa

  • Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday March 24, seasonal load restrictions are in effect. Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of five tonnes or 11,000 lbs. per axle are prohibited on roads where restriction signage is posted, and on all truck routes identified as restricted on the Truck Route Maps (Urban Truck Routes1 and Rural Truck Routes2).
  • These restrictions also apply to all non-truck routes. Heavy vehicles that exceed weight limits on restricted load roadways during the spring thaw period will be subject to fines.
  • During the spring thaw period, some roads cannot withstand heavy vehicle loads. Every year, the City monitors thaw progression by utilizing the forecast temperature data to calculate the Thaw Index. When the Thaw Index reaches its threshold value, the load restrictions are imposed. Once the pavement strength has been restored, the load restrictions are removed.

For further information, please visit or call 3-1-1.

1.     Urban Route:

2.     Rural Route:


Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund

As part of Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund was set up to help people take action to protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes. Your organization could receive a grant of up to $25,000 for projects affecting the Ottawa River and connecting channels and watersheds.

  • The fund is open to legal entities that are not-for-profit organizations or First Nations and Métis communities or organizations. Projects must contribute to at least one of the following goals: protecting water quality for human and ecological health; improving wetlands, beaches and coastal areas; and/or protecting habitats and species.

Please submit applications before the deadline: May 9, 2014 at 5pm EDT. For more information, visit

Rural Summer Jobs Service

From Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs

The goal of the Rural Summer Jobs Service (RSJS) is to encourage Rural Employers to create summer jobs that enhance the life skills and work experience of students in Ontario. The Rural Summer Jobs Service helped over 1,400 employers create over 4,000 rural summer jobs in 2013. The RSJS is part of the Ontario Government's Ontario Summer Jobs Strategy to assist students across Ontario.

The Government of Ontario provides a $2/hour hiring incentive to eligible, rural employers who can create summer jobs for rural students between the ages of 15 and 30. The program offers an opportunity for employers to hire a student and receive reimbursement for the time worked between April 1st and September 30th. Rural employers may receive the hiring incentive for up to 560 hours per eligible summer employee. For more information, please visit


Farm Management Canada agricultural student award

Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) have joined forces to offer an award designed to encourage students to improve their communication and leadership skills through a national video competition.

  • FMC and CADAP are collecting submissions from agricultural students across Canada and will award three winners with $1,000 towards furthering their education in agriculture.
  • The award is designed to help students develop their communication skills by having the opportunity to voice their opinion on a on a subject related to farm management.
  • This year's question: “What key skills has your educational institution taught you about farm management that will be most useful in your career? Please explain why these are important.

All applications must be received no later than May 9th, 2014. Information:

Rural Development Applications

Please see below for recently updated development applications in rural Ottawa, subject to public consultation. More information a

 Ward 19 – Cumberland

255 Wall Road
261 Wall Road
2635 Mer Bleue Road
2643 Mer Bleue Road
2659 Mer Bleue Road


Plan of Subdivision

Community "Heads Up" - Completed

Mar 31, 2014

3022 Trim Road


Zoning By-law Amendment

Notice of Public Meeting Sent

Mar 24, 2014

5574 Rockdale Road


Site Plan Control

Application on Hold

Mar 17, 2014

3505 Trim Road


Zoning By-law Amendment

Comment Period has Ended/Issue Resolution

Mar 11, 2014

3230 Sarsfield Road


Plan of Subdivision

Application on Hold

Feb 14, 2014

755 Burton Road


Zoning By-law Amendment

Application Approved by Council

Feb 12, 2014

2405 Mer Bleue Road
2496 Tenth Line Road


Official Plan Amendment

Application on Hold

Feb 7, 2014