Column: August 30, 2019

Labour Day schedule changes

Residents can expect schedule changes to some City of Ottawa services on Labour Day (Monday, September 2). Of note, there will be no green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Labour Day. Pick up will resume on Tuesday, September 3. Collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. A full listing of changes to services can be found on

Five Big Moves for Ottawa's future

We are rewriting Ottawa’s Official Plan – the strategic document that describes how the city will grow over time, where we will place major infrastructure, and what policies will be in place to support economic growth and guide the development and evolution of communities. Following initial consultations with the public and stakeholders on a series of wide-ranging discussion papers, we are proposing to make a number of significant policy changes, known as the Five Big Moves:

Growth: By 2046, achieve more growth by intensification than by greenfield development. This growth will provide a variety of affordable housing options for residents.

Mobility: By 2046, encourage the majority of trips in Ottawa to be made by sustainable transportation.

Urban Design: Improve our sophistication in urban and community design and put this knowledge to the service of strong development at all scales, from the largest to the very small.

Resiliency: Embed public health, environmental, climate and energy resiliency into the framework of our planning policies.

Economy: Embed economic development into the framework of our planning policies.

We want to know what you think about these changes. Learn more and share your thoughts about the Five Big Moves at until September 16. Your feedback will help us develop a set of comprehensive policy directions that City Council will consider in late 2019.