Column: March 23, 2017

Community Environmental Projects Grant Program

Are you looking for an opportunity to put your environmental ideas into action? The City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP).  For details on funding eligibility criteria, profiles of past projects, the application process and an online application, please visit or contact Jen Brown at 613-580-2424 ext. 27914. The deadline to submit an application is March 31.

New Grants Available through the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Landowners completing projects in 2017 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is May 1, 2017.

Grants are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa.  

Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Committee of Adjustment applications available online

The Committee of Adjustment holds regular public hearings to consider the applications that fall within its mandate, such as Minor Variances and Consents to Sever. The meetings are open to the public and any interested party can appear before the Committee to present their views in support of or in opposition to an application. Public hearings are held in the Council Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

For more information on presenting to the Committee of Adjustment or attending a hearing, or to find out about the applications under review please visit: (Public Hearings Tab). Rural applications can be viewed by selecting the Panel 3 link.

Column: May 19, 2016

Constance Bay Community Market
The Constance Bay Community Market (CBCM) website is now up and running and they are ready to accept vendor applications! Applications can be submitted online at CBCM will start reviewing applications soon. Due to public health regulations, they must first focus its attention on recruiting vendors selling food and other agricultural products before reviewing applications from all other vendors.
Community Environmental Projects Grant Program deadline approaching
Non-profit organizations interested in improving their local environment are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP) is Wednesday, June 1 at 4pm. CEPGP provides funding for small-scale, community-based initiatives that support the City of Ottawa’s environmental stewardship priorities. Examples of projects are:
•        Stream protection and rehabilitation
•        Invasive species removal
•        Species-at-risk/ecosystem monitoring or protection
•        Environmental awareness and education
•        Recycling or composting
•        Energy or water conservation
•        Renewable energy
•        Cycling, walking and sustainable transportation
Visit for eligibility criteria and an online application form. Questions can be emailed to
Green Acres - Ottawa's Rural Reforestation Program
The City of Ottawa's Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. The program provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their property. Landowners must be rural property owners in the City of Ottawa, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation.  The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. For more information contact, LandOwner Resource Centre at,, 613-692-3571 or 1-800-387-5304.
Victoria Day schedule changes
As a reminder there will be some changes to City services on Victoria Day (Monday, May 23).  One change of note is that there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Victoria Day. Pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 24. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of May 23. A full listing of all changes for the holiday can be found on

Column: Mar. 12, 2015

Older Adult Plan Consultation & Celebration

Mayor Jim Watson will host a consultation event to help shape the City’s Older Adult Plan 2015-2018 and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the current plan since it was adopted in 2012. The consultation is taking place on Wednesday, March 18, from 10am to 3:30pm at Ottawa City Hall. To register for this consultation go to or call 3-1-1.
The Older Adult Plan was adopted in October 2012, reinforcing Ottawa’s commitment to becoming an age-friendly and caring community. Among the accomplishments:

  • Improved accessibility of buildings and outdoor spaces
  • Improved access to support for vulnerable older adults who have low incomes or are socially isolated
  • Additional programming for older adults in fitness, computer literary and CPR training
  • Enhanced communication, including an older adult portal on and printed guides of City programs and services

Feedback acquired at the March 18 event will be used to update the plan and ensure it continues to meet the current and long-term needs of Ottawa’s older adults. The updated plan will go to both the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council for approval later in 2015.

Applications for Camp FFIT

Women between the ages of 15 and 19 can apply for a position in Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training), an annual camp designed to educate young women about a career in firefighting.

Participants will experience such tasks as search and rescue, aerial ladder climb, auto extrication, forcible entry, high-rise operations, as well as wearing full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and fighting simulated fires. Applications are available at and the deadline to apply is May 22, 2015.

Apply now for a City environmental grant

The City is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations interested in enhancing and improving our shared environment. Through the Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP), the City supports neighbourhoods and environmental stewardship projects, specifically those that aim to improve stormwater management, enhance and protect natural areas and reduce our overall environmental impact. Application deadline is June 1. Visit for details about the program, eligibility criteria and an online application.