Rural Connections - August

Civic Events Funding Program

  • Local not-for-profit organizations such as community groups and recreation associations are invited to apply for funding to provide one to two-day community events with free admission that foster civic pride and develop community cohesion. These events are held in a specific geographic district in Ottawa, and encompass a broad range of activities and family entertainment.
  • The event does not need to be held on a statutory holiday. Your community event can now be celebrated anytime during 2017. 

New In 2017

  • The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are collaborating on the Civic Events Funding Program.  As in previous years, the $50,000 from the Civic Events Funding Program will continue to fund community focused events. The additional investment of $150,000 will specifically focus on community events that celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  
  • Civic Events Funding Program Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 4 pm
  • Information Package
  • Application Form
  • For more information, contact or 613.580.2424 extension 14133.

Business Ambassador Service

  • Right this way... your Business Ambassador awaits you
  • Are you an entrepreneur interested in opening a new food business? Well then, the City’s Business Ambassador Service is perfect for you, with ample portions of resources to help you get started, including a new online food premises permit and licence application tool.
  • The new online service helps you navigate through the application process by eliminating the guesswork around what food premises permits and licences are required for your business. It also provides entrepreneurs with the option to submit and pay for many food premises applications online using Mastercard, VISA, American Express, Interac Online or Visa Debit through their My ServiceOttawa account.
  • If you need that extra bit of assistance, the Business Information Officer is also available to lend a hand with information on how to:
  • Apply for applicable licences and permits and follow up as required
  • Outline estimated time and costs
  • Create a personalized roadmap for your new food establishment
  • Connect you with the proper City departments throughout the process

Interested in meeting with the Business Information Officer?  Fill in the questionnaire and book an appointment through

Testimonial from Deb and Danny Mallett, owners of Danbys Roadhouse:

“The City’s Business Information Officer is invaluable, especially if you are opening a small business for the first time. Bylaws change regularly, so even if you are an existing business owner and expanding the information you are able to attain is key. The Information Officer contacted us regularly and helped us with all paperwork required and made us a timeline grid to follow outlining the entire process of who to contact and where. The Information Officer also has the ability to work on our behalf from the inside, making opening super smooth.  We highly recommend utilizing this service as there is no cost to the owner and our opening was seamless.”

Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR)

  • Who should be following this update?
  • Landowners in or adjacent to lands already designated as Agricultural Resource Area on Schedule A of the City’s Official Plan.

Why is the City updating LEAR? 

  • The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton identified the existing Agricultural Resource Area in 1997 using a Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR) system. Key components of the LEAR system are soil capability for agriculture, land use and parcel size. New soils mapping and changes in land use and the size and nature of farms in the city over the last 20 years warrant re-examining and updating the existing LEAR system.  The Ontario Municipal Board has also directed the City to complete this update. 

Study Objectives

  • Review and update the 1997 Ottawa-Carleton LEAR assessment criteria
  • Produce new LEAR mapping that incorporates the updated land use data and the most recent Canada Land Inventory soil mapping
  • Determine if the Agricultural Resource Area boundary in the City’s Official Plan should change to reflect the updated LEAR findings 

Next Steps/Schedule

  • The LEAR Working Group is finalizing the changes to the LEAR system. Over the summer and early fall, field verification of the findings will be undertaken.
  • Recommendations on possible changes, if any, to the Agricultural Resource Area will be made and notice of changes will be sent to all affected land owners
  • A draft Official Plan Amendment will be advertised, circulated and presented to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Planning Committees in November 2016 and Council in December 2016/ January 2017


Please complete this form to be added to the project mailing list. Contact Information

Bruce Finlay


Planning and Growth Management

City of Ottawa

110 Laurier Avenue West

613-580-2424, ext. 21850


Rural Association Partnership Program

If you are an Ottawa organization operating a rural fair, a farmers’ market or a rural business organization such as a Chamber of Commerce or 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 second-round of RAPP funding is now available with applications being accepted until Friday, August 19 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. 25488 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application.

Site Alteration By-law Development

The City of Ottawa is developing a site alteration by-law to regulate activities such as the clearing and grading of land, including the removal of topsoil and the dumping of fill.  Staff have produced a Discussion Paper to:

  • Present some basic background information on site alteration and site alteration by-laws in Ontario, and the current situation in Ottawa;
  • Explain the guiding principles under which Ottawa’s site alteration by-law is being developed;
  • Consider the circumstances under which site alteration may or may not be appropriate; and,
  • Identify some potential minimum standards / best practices for site alteration.

After reading this paper, we hope that interested stakeholders and members of the public will join the discussion and help define appropriate parameters for site alteration activities in Ottawa.  

For more information on the project, check out the City’s web page, beginning July 8 at Please provide your feedback by August 5 for consideration during the development of the draft by-law. 

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.

How does the program work?


Donna Williams

Recreation Planning and Facility Development

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23169

Renée Proteau

Recreation Planning and Facility Development

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26967

Major Fairs and Festivals in Rural Ottawa

Navan Fair - Date: August 11th – 14th

17th Annual Garlic Festival - Date: August 13th – 14th  

Capital Fair - Date: August 19th – 28th

Taste of Manotick - Date: Saturday, August 20th

2016 Canadian Plowing Championships  - Date: August 24th – 27th

  • Location: Anderson Links Golf Club (4175 Anderson Road)
  • The CPC-16 four-day challenge will include VIP and media ploughing, social events and a tour of Ottawa, wrapping things up with an awards banquet on Saturday evening.
  • Full details on the competitions, special events, the Saturday outdoor market and display area, sponsorship opportunities and hotels are available at For the Ottawa Carleton Plowing Match please visit

Picnic-in-the-Park 2016 & the 6th Annual Soapbox Derby - Date: Sunday, August 28th

Richmond Fair - Date: September 15th -18th

Carp Fair  - Date: September 22nd – 25th

Metcalfe Fair - Date: September 29th – October 2nd  

Rural Development Applications

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

Ward 19 – Cumberland

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

  • D02-02-16-0022
  • Zoning By-law Amendment - By-law Passed
  • In Appeal Period
  • Jul 27, 2016

215 Hepatica Way
218 Hepatica Way
370 Hepatica Way
375 Hepatica Way
600 Aubepines, Promenade Des
602 Aubepines, Promenade Des
603 Aubepines, Promenade Des
604 Aubepines, Promenade Des
605 Aubepines, Promenade Des
606 Aubepines, Promenade Des
607 Aubepines, Promenade Des
608 Aubepines, Promenade Des
609 Aubepines, Promenade Des
610 Aubepines, Promenade Des
611 Aubepines, Promenade Des
613 Aubepines, Promenade Des
615 Aubepines, Promenade Des
617 Aubepines, Promenade Des
619 Aubepines, Promenade Des
621 Aubepines, Promenade Des
623 Aubepines, Promenade Des
633 Aubepines, Promenade Des
635 Aubepines, Promenade Des
637 Aubepines, Promenade Des
639 Aubepines, Promenade Des
800 Decoeur, Promenade
2333 Mer-bleue, Chemin De La
2336 Tenth Line Road
3024 Brian Coburn Boulevard
3100 Brian Coburn Boulevard

  • D02-02-16-0042
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Comment Period has Ended/Issue Resolution
  • Jul 27, 2016

1880 Trim Road

  • D07-12-16-0009
  • Site Plan Control
  • Application Reactivated
  • Jul 22, 2016

3400 Old Montreal Road

  • D02-02-16-0045
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Comment Period in Progress
  • Jul 13, 2016

3400 Old Montreal Road

  • D07-12-16-0081
  • Site Plan Control
  • Comment Period in Progress
  • Jul 13, 2016

4000 Canaan Road

  • D02-02-16-0044
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Comment Period in Progress
  • Jul 7, 2016

1613 Devine Road

  • D02-02-16-0023
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Zoning By-law in Effect
  • Jul 5, 2016

3930 Dunning Road
3940 Dunning Road

  • D02-02-16-0024
  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • Zoning By-law in Effect
  • Jul 4, 2016

810 Wall Road

  • D01-01-15-0020
  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Application File Pending
  • Jun 23, 2016

1880 Trim Road

  • D07-04-16-0001
  • Plan of Condominium
  • Application File Pending
  • Apr 14, 2016

4405 Innes Road
4409 Innes Road

  • D07-12-15-0161
  • 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

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