Rural Connections - February

February 2016

·         City of Ottawa Coach Houses

·         Alcohol Community Engagement Project

·         Hauled Liquid Waste Program

·         Free Exercise Program for Adults 65+

·         Business Ambassador Service for Food Establishments

·         March Break Activities

·         City of Ottawa Summer Student Employment Program  

·         Replacement of Damaged Mailboxes by a Snow Plow

·         Green Bin Winter Tip

·         Seniors Community Grant Program

·         Statistics Canada is hiring staff for the 2016 Census

·         Ice Hut Registration Required on Area Lakes

·         Anglers Encouraged to Stay Safe on the Ice

·         Rural Development Applications

City of Ottawa Coach Houses

  • Have your say on the coach house policy recommendations before February 29, 2016.
  • Learn how the City is proposing to permit coach houses at , otherwise known as secondary dwelling units, in the backyards of residential properties throughout the city.
  • Read the latest recommendations paper at , and send your comments to before February 29, 2016. Or, phone Emily at 613-580-2424 extension 23463.

Alcohol Community Engagement Project

  • Ottawa Public Health is seeking public feedback: When does excessive alcohol use become a community problem?
  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) wants to hear about the impact of excessive alcohol use in Ottawa.
  • February 1 to 29, the public can share their views:
  • Online at to access the short bilingual survey
  • Call the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).
  • E-mail at
  • In Ottawa, alcohol continues to be the most used substance and causes a greater burden of illness and deaths than other drugs, whether illegal or prescription.

Alcohol use is commonly seen as an individual choice and the consequences of excessive use, which affect the community at large, are often ignored. One-third of Canadian adults say that in the past year they experienced one or more types of harms resulting from others’ drinking.

For additional information, visit or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hauled Liquid Waste Program

The City of Ottawa’s Hauled Liquid Waste program ensures wastewater discharged to the City’s wastewater treatment plant is safe and suitable for treatment, including septic and holding tank waste hauled from rural homes and businesses.

Recently, the City reviewed its Hauled Liquid Waste program. The review examined operational hours, fee structures and types of liquid waste received. Two key issues were identified:

1.     Oversight: A portion of the hauled liquid waste is being discharged without oversight, representing a potential risk to plant operations, City staff, and the environment.

2.     Full Cost Recovery: While current hauled liquid waste rates have been adjusted annually for inflation, a thorough cost review has not been conducted since 2004.

  • Consultation information will be posted on to address possible questions from waste haulers, as well as rural residents and businesses.
  • For additional information regarding the program review and the proposed options, please contact the City’s Sewer Use Duty Officer at 613-580-2424 x23326.

Free Exercise Program for Adults 65+

Better Strength, Better Balance! is a fall prevention exercise and education program for people aged 65+.

This is a beginner level program for those wishing to improve their strength and balance. Strong muscles, strong bones and better balance will make you more mobile and less likely to fall.  Better Strength, Better Balance! classes are unsuitable for people who are very active.

The program is offered in the winter, spring and fall

  • January 11 to April 1, 2016
  • April 4 to June 24, 2016
  • September 19 to December 9, 2016

First time participants can register for the next available session at any time.

Returning participants can register after these dates:

  • Spring 2016 registration begins February 29, 2016
  • Fall 2016 registration begins August 15, 2016

To register or for more information, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656) or visit

Business Ambassador Service for Food Establishments

Assistance available to entrepreneurs opening food establishments in Ottawa.

Are you planning to open a café, bakery, butcher shop or another type of food establishment in the city?

The City of Ottawa, through the assistance of a designated City of Ottawa Business Information Officer (BIO), can help entrepreneurs understand everything you need to know before starting your food establishment. The BIO will be your single point of contact to help you navigate all the information you need including:

  • How to apply for all licences and permits pertaining to your new food establishment
  • Outlining estimated time and costs
  • Creation of a personalized roadmap for your startup, and;
  • Connecting you with the right departments throughout the process

Go to the business section of; fill out the Business Ambassador Service Online Questionnaire (available 24 hours a day) and the BIO will follow up with you.

March Break Activities

From crafts to sports, the City of Ottawa has lots of activities for your family during the week of March 16-20 in recreation and culture facilities, pools and arenas. Find active and interesting camps in your neighbourhood or a specialty camp for the athlete or artist. For more information visit:

City of Ottawa Summer Student Employment Program 

Students interested in summer employment with the City of Ottawa can apply online. The Summer Student Employment Program is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insight into today's workforce, discover a career path, showcase skills and enhance academic goals. Positions are available in the many different areas.

For more information including eligibility criteria and other requirements, visit The 2016 Summer Student Employment Campaign will be open from February 1 to February 29, 2016.

Replacement of Damaged Mailboxes by a Snow Plow

Occasionally rural roadside mailboxes are damaged or destroyed by snow plows. Mailboxes will be repaired or replaced as determined by the City of Ottawa Roads Department Supervisor. Mailboxes damaged by the snow that comes off the wing of the snow plow will not be eligible for repair or replacement.

Mailboxes will be replaced by something basic; do not expect to receive your original mailbox. Damaged posts will be replaced by a temporary post with permanent repairs undertaken in the spring after the frost is gone. To report a damaged mailbox, call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 or report online at

Green Bin Winter Tip

Spray your green bin with cooking oil in the winter to minimize the risk of items freezing to the bin and ensure easy removal of waste. For more tips on using your green bin, visit

Seniors Community Grant Program

As part of the Action Plan for Seniors, Ontario introduced the first grants program solely dedicated to helping seniors across the province.

For the third year, the Seniors Community Grant Program is helping more seniors have a better quality of life by providing opportunities to be more socially active, volunteer and continue their learning in areas like technology and financial literacy.

This grant program will make $2 million available for projects across Ontario that will help more seniors become socially engaged and feel part of their communities.

Contact the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat at:



Toll free: 1-844-SCG-2016 (1-844-724-2016)

TTY: 1-800-387-5559

Statistics Canada is hiring staff for the 2016 Census

Are you interested in working in your community?

Looking to make a lasting contribution to Canada, its communities and its people? Canada’s next census will take place in May 2016 and Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 35,000 employees across the country to work on the collection phase of the 2016 Census.

Staff are required for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory positions between March and the end of July 2016.

If you’re interested in working directly in the community, meeting new people or earning supplementary income, then this kind of work is right for you! Apply online at

Ice Hut Registration Required on Area Lakes

Registration and Removal of Ice Huts

To protect the environment and ensure safety, anglers must register new or previously unregistered ice-fishing huts on area lakes.

Registration is free and helps discourage anglers from abandoning their huts, which can end up in waterways and washed up on shorelines when the ice thaws.

  • Huts must be registered in Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 12, 18 and 20 in Kemptville District. To register your ice hut, visit and register your hut electronically.  Once registered, an ice-fishing hut can be used anywhere in Ontario.
  • Anglers must remove ice huts from the waters of FMZ 12 and 18 by March 15th.  Huts in FMZ 20 must be removed by March 1.
  • Ice huts must be removed from lakes before ice break-up, even if it is before the specified removal date. It is an offence under the Public Lands Act to leave an ice hut after ice break-up.
  • Additional permits or authorizations may be required for those planning to use an ice fishing hut in a provincial park.

Learn more about ice fishing and ice hut removal at  . 

Anglers Encouraged to Stay Safe on the Ice

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding anglers to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish.


  • Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across most lakes and rivers. This can be hazardous at the start of the winter season when near-shore ice is often much thicker and safer than ice further out. Check thickness regularly with a spud bar or auger as you move further out on the ice.
  • Not all ice is created equal. Ice that has formed over flowing water, springs, pressure cracks, old ice holes or around the mouths of rivers and streams can be weaker than surrounding ice.
  • Clear blue ice is the strongest. White or opaque ice is much weaker.  Ice that has a honeycombed look, common during thaws or in the spring, should be avoided.
  • Travelling on frozen lakes or rivers with snowmobiles or vehicles can be dangerous and precautions must be taken. At least 20 centimetres (eight inches) of clear blue ice is required for snowmobiles and 30 centimetres (12 inches) or more is needed for most light vehicles. This thickness should be doubled if the ice is white or opaque.
  • Heavy snow on a frozen lake or river can insulate the ice below and slow the freezing process.
  • Check the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary or contact your local ministry office for registration requirements.
  • If you’re heading out on a snowmobile, make sure you’re being safe and responsible.  

Rural Development Applications

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

Ward 19 – Cumberland

6210 Corduroy Road

D02-02-15-0065     Zoning By-law Amendment

Comment Period in Progress

Jan 13, 2016

5985 Frank Kenny Road

D02-02-15-0062   Zoning By-law Amendment

Comment Period in Progress

Dec 11, 2015

3455 Milton Road

D07-16-14-0019 Plan of Subdivision

Draft Approved

Jan 29, 2016

5574 Rockdale Road

D07-12-14-0007   Site Plan Control

Application Reactivated

Nov 17, 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