Rural Connections - July

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.

Coach Houses Proposal

  • Learn how the City is proposing to permit Coach Houses, small accessory dwelling units in the backyards of residential properties,
  • The City has reviewed and considered all the feedback received during and following the two public consultation outreach sessions: September 14, 2015 to November 6, 2015 and February 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016 and is proposing amendments to the Zoning By-law and Official Plan to permit coach houses.

Read the proposed Official Plan and Zoning Amendments

Send your comments to Tim Moerman ( for consideration in the Staff Report to Committee and Council by e-mail before July 22, 2016.

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

Renée Proteau

Open air fires – Don’t forget your permit

  • Did you know that prior to setting an open air fire you require a burn permit and are also required to contact Ottawa Fire Services at 613-580-2880 to ensure that a fire ban is not in effect?
  • The following client service centres only issue Open Air Fire Permits, one day per week, in accordance with the following schedule.

Area, Hours of Operation


  • Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 8243 Victoria St. 
  • Metcalfe, ON K0A 2P0

West Carleton

  • Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 5670 Carp Rd.
  • Kinburn, ON K0A 2H0

North Gower

  • Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • 2155 Roger Stevens Dr.
  • North Gower, ON KOA 2T0

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.

Rural Fire Administration Offices

Hours of Operation


District 6 

District 7 

  • Vars Fire Station
  • Tuesday - Wednesday
  • 8:30am - 04:00pm
  • 6090 Rockdale Rd. R.R. 1 Vars, ON 613-835-1682

District 8

  • Stittsville Fire Station
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • 8:30am - 04:00pm
  • 1643 Stittsville Main St. Stittsville,
  • 613-580-2424, ext. 32260

District 9 

  • Manotick Fire Station
  • Monday,Thursday and Friday
  • 8:30am - 04:00pm
  • 5669 Manotick Main St.  Manotick, ON
  • 613-692-3301

For more information about open air fire permits and regulations, please refer to the Burn Permit webpage at

Major Fairs and Festivals in Rural Ottawa

Fitzroy Harbour Days

The 9th Annual Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival

  • Date: July 9th – 10th with Education Day on July 8.
  • Time: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Location: 5673 Osgoode Main Street
  • Admission: Adults - $10, Children 12 & under - $6
  • For more information visit,

Kars International Dog Show

  • Date: July 15th - 17th
  • Location: Kars Fair Grounds (1604 Old Wellington Street)
  • For more information visit,

Navan Fair

  • Date: August 11th – 14th
  • Location: 1279 Colonial Road, Navan
  • For more information visit,

17th Annual Garlic Festival

Capital Fair

  • Date: August 19th – 28th
  • Location: 4837 Albion Road, Ottawa
  • For more information visit,

Taste of Manotick

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

Richmond Fair

  • Date: September 15th -18th
  • Location: 6107 Perth Street, Richmond
  • For more information visit,

Carp Fair

  • Date: September 22nd – 25th
  • Location: 3790 Carp Road
  • For more information visit,

Metcalfe Fair

  • Date: September 29th – October 2nd  
  • Location: 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe
  • For more information visit,

2017 Civic Events Funding Program

Can’t Wait to Celebrate!

  • 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.

New In 2017:

  • Events no longer have to take place on a statutory holiday.
  • Also 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. 
  • Information Package and Application Forms are available at or at any Ottawa Client Service Centre.
  • Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact 613-580-2424 ext.14133 or

Farmers' Markets in 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.

Rural Area:

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.


  • 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 pm

Rural Development Applications

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

Ward 19 – Cumberland

810 Wall Road D01-01-15-0020

  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Application File Pending
  • June 23, 2016

1613 Devine Road D02-02-16-0023

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • By-law Passed - In Appeal Period
  • Jun 15, 2016

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

  • Zoning By-law Amendment
  • By-law Passed - In Appeal Period
  • Jun 14, 2016

236 Vanguard Drive D07-12-16-0019

  • Site Plan Control
  • Applicant Concurs
  • Jun 11, 2016

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
  • Comment Period has Ended/Issue Resolution
  • May 17, 2016

1880 Trim Road D07-04-16-0001

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

1880 Trim Road D07-12-16-0009

  • Site Plan Control
  • Application File Pending
  • Mar 24, 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 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