Column: March 24, 2016

Early birds can register 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 to register. The new online interactive map assists with the registration process.
  • 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 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.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Service to Seniors Award 2016

As part of the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s 40th anniversary in 2015, the City of Ottawa marked the year with a new award to recognize those who share values of making a difference in the lives of seniors in Ottawa. The Service to Seniors Award will publicly recognize individuals who have volunteered their time to make a difference in the lives of seniors in the Ottawa community in a variety of ways. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 4, 2016. For questions, please call Lise-Michelle Bouchard, (613) 789-3577 ext. 11, or Sarah Bercier, (613) 789-3577 ext. 16,

Rural Association Partnership Program

If you are an Ottawa organization operating a rural fair, a farmers’ market or a rural business organization such as 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 8, 2016 at 4 pm. For more information, including the objectives of the program, guidelines and application forms, visit the Rural Association Partnership Program webpage at