Column: February 9, 2017

Help shape services for children, their families and caregivers

The City of Ottawa is planning for the new Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs) and wants to hear from parents, grandparents and caregivers of children six years of age and younger.

In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the province will become part of one unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These new OEYCFC centres will offer programs and services for children, from newborn to six-year-old. Public consultations are ongoing and the remaining sessions are noted below. If you would like to attend, please register at ottawa.ca/en/early-years.

  • Sat., Feb. 11, 1-3pm, Johnny Leroux Centre, 10 Warner-Colpitts Lane (English)
  • Mon., Feb. 13, 7-9pm, Peter D. Clark Place, 255 Centrum Blvd. (English)
  • Wed., Feb. 15, 7-9pm, Peter D. Clark Place, 255 Centrum Blvd. (French)
  • Sat., Feb. 18, 10am- noon, Walter Baker Sports Centre, 100 Malvern Dr. (French)
  • Sat., Feb. 18, 1-3pm, Walter Baker Sports Centre, 100 Malvern Dr. (English)

An online survey will be available sometime in February for those who can’t attend a consultation. Additional information about OEYCFCs is available at ottawa.ca/early-years.

Seniors Community Grant Program

As part of the Action Plan for Seniors, Ontario introduced the first grants program dedicated to assisting seniors across the province by helping them enjoy 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. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2017. Projects must not start prior to June 15, 2017 and be completed by March 31, 2018. For details email seniorscommunitygrant@ontario.ca, call 1-844-724-2017 or visit seniors.gov.on.ca/en/srsorgs/scgp.php.

Summer Student Employment Program  

Students interested in summer employment with the City of Ottawa can apply online until February 28, 2017. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and insight into today's workforce! More information including eligibility criteria and how to submit an application is provided on ottawa.ca.

March Break Activities

The City of Ottawa has lots of March Break activities available for your kids with active and interesting camps that will keep them busy all week. For more information and to register visit ottawa.ca.