Rural Affairs Office
Your resource for everything rural in Ottawa
Getting your flu shot in Ottawa has never been easier
- The seasonal flu vaccine is safe and the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. The vaccine is available at doctors’ offices, walk-in clinics, local participating pharmacies, Ottawa Public Health clinics and workplace immunization clinics.
- Ottawa Public Health rural flu vaccine clinics are listed below. Residents can visit ottawa.ca/flu for a complete list of OPH clinics and participating pharmacies offering the flu vaccine or visit the Ontario flu locator at ontario.ca/flu to find the nearest location offering the flu vaccine.
Snow Go Program
- Need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter?
The Snow Go Program can help you! This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service. The two programs are as follows:
- The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
- The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per Term.
Check ottawa.ca/snowgo to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.
Manotick Secondary Plan and Mud Creek Subwatershed Study – Public Meeting
- City planning staff will be presenting an updated version of the Manotick Secondary Plan1, along with the Mud Creek Subwatershed Study2, for review by the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Thursday December 10 at 6:30 pm at the Manotick Community Centre Hall, 5572 Doctor Leach Drive. There will be an opportunity for members of the public to speak to the Committee after the staff presentation. The report will be available on ottawa.ca one week prior to the meeting date. For more information, contact Rose Kung at Rose.Kung@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 13124.
Review of the All Terrain Vehicle Trail Network Pilot Project in Osgoode Ward
- In 2013 the City of Ottawa approved Temporary By-law 2013-1991 to allow for a pilot project for all terrain vehicles (ATV) usage on selected municipal roads and road allowances in Osgoode Ward. This by-law expires on November 30, 2015.
- City staff will be presenting a report on November 5 at the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) on this project. The report recommends that the by-law expiry date be extended until November 30, 2017 to allow for a proper review of the impacts as the trail network has not had extensive use by club members during the initial pilot stage. In addition, staff is recommending that the City’s by-law be amended to permit additional types of vehicles (including “two-up” ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and utility terrain vehicles) on the approved ATV trail network, following changes made in provincial legislation.
- There will be an opportunity for members of the public to speak to the Committee after the staff presentation. The ARAC meeting will be held on November 5, starting at 10 am, at Ben Franklin Place (Chambers), 101 Centrepointe Drive. Comments can also be submitted in writing to ATVNetwork@ottawa.ca. To review the staff report, please visit ottawa.ca.
Discharging a firearm and hunting in the City of Ottawa
- During the fall, residents may from time to time see or hear hunters active in the rural areas. The City of Ottawa does not regulate hunting; it does however regulate the discharge of firearms within the boundaries of the city under By-law No. 2002-344 (Discharge of Firearms By-law). In accordance with the by-law, a firearm means: “gun or other firearm including a shotgun, rifle, air-gun, spring-gun, long-bow or cross-bow”.
- The by-law identifies the areas in which firearms may be discharged and the required setbacks from certain types of buildings/facilities. Maps showing areas where discharge of firearms is permitted are included with the by-law.
- The Discharge of Firearms By-law provides for a number of exemptions including one for “a farmer or his or her agent, in order to scare or destroy animals that are found in the act of killing or injuring livestock or poultry and wildlife destroying his or her property” in accordance with provincial and federal regulations.
- The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry regulates hunting activity (e.g. open seasons, required licenses, etc.). For more information on hunting regulations, visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca.
- For more information on the City’s discharge of firearms regulations, visit ottawa.ca or contact the Rural Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing needs of older adults in Ottawa’s rural area
- As part of the City of Ottawa’s Older Adult Plan, staff has completed a report on the housing needs of older adults in rural Ottawa. To view the report, please visit ottawa.ca.
- To learn more about the Older Adult Plan, visit ottawa.ca/seniors.
Christmas Farmers’ Markets in rural Ottawa
Farmers' markets in rural Ottawa are offering special market days for Christmas. For more information on these and other rural activities in Ottawa, visit ottawa.ca/rural.
- Metcalfe Farmers' Market – Christmas Market
Saturday, November 7 (9am to 2pm) and Saturday, December 12 (9am to 2pm)
Greely Legion, 8021 Mitch Owens Road
- Carp Farmers' Market - Christmas Market
Friday, December 4 (3 to 8 pm) and Saturday, December 5 (8 am to 2 pm)
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Road
- Cumberland Farmers' Market - Christmas Market
Saturday, December 5 (9 am to 4 pm)
R.J. Kennedy Community Centre (Cumberland Arena), 1115 Dunning Rd
Ahmadiyya Community Centre, 2620 Market Street
St. Andrew’s Church Hall, 2557 Old Montreal Ro
- North Gower Farmers' Market Annual Christmas Sale
Saturday, December 5 (9 am to 3 pm)
Alfred Taylor R.A. Community Centre, 2300 Community Way, North Gower
Savour Ottawa – Networking Event on November 23
- Ottawa-area farmers, and local restaurant owners interested in buying more local food, are invited to join Savour Ottawa (www.savourottawa.ca) members at a business-to-business fall networking event on Monday, November 23 from 1pm to 4pm.
- The event takes place in the Panorama Room at the National Arts Centre, where Executive Chef John Morris from le café will create some tasty canapés for everyone to enjoy, with food sourced from local farmers and producers.
- RSVPs are required – please visit this website to confirm your attendance:
The agenda will include ample opportunities for networking, and:
- a presentation by local craft brewers in the Ottawa region interested in purchasing more products from local farmers, and a discussion on the creation of a Savour Ottawa craft brewery category
- a discussion on the value-chain of grain production
- an update on the Ottawa Food Hub including brief remarks about the processing ‘kitchen’ and ‘workshops’
- a brief presentation on Savour Ottawa program accomplishments in 2015 and new opportunities in 2016
Funding for this business-to-business networking event has been provided by the Agri-Food Management Institute.
Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2016
- Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OOYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession.
- Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the regional recognition award and title of Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmer as long as they meet the following program eligibility requirements:
· Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
· Be farm operators
· Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming
- Nominations for the 2016 Award are due by December 2, 2015 and are available at: http://www.oyfontario.ca/nominations.html.
Rural Development Applications
Please see below for recently updated development applications in rural Ottawa, subject to public consultation. More information at http://www.ottawa.ca/devapps
Ward 19 – Cumberland
- 100 Entrepreneur Crescent
Site Plan Control
Oct 21, 2015
- 2725 Old Montreal Road
Site Plan Control
Oct 1, 2015
- 5341 Boundary Road
Official Plan Amendment
Appealed to OMB
Aug 7, 2015
- 255 Wall Road
- 261 Wall Road
- 2635 Mer Bleue Road
- 2643 Mer Bleue Road
- 2659 Mer Bleue Road
Plan of Subdivision
Jun 22, 2015
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