Column: May 7, 2018

Open air fire ban lifted

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) has now lifted the burn ban that was in place in the City of Ottawa. Remember, City of Ottawa residents must obtain an Open Air Fire Permit (Burn Permit) in order to have an open air fire. Prior to setting an open air fire, you must first contact the OFS Communications Centre at 613-580-2880. You can now renew your existing or apply for a new Open Air Fire Permit online, by going to your MyServiceOttawa account. You can also get your permit by mail (via your annual renewal form provided in 2017) or in person at any of the City's Client Services Centres and Rural Administration Offices. In Ward 5, you can purchase your permit at:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Carp Fire Station (475 Donald B. Munro Dr.) between 8:30am and 4pm. Their phone number is 613-580-2424, ext. 32260.
  • Wednesdays at the West Carleton Client Service Centre (5670 Carp Rd.) between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Older Adult Plan 2019-2022

The City is planning for its third Older Adult Plan. Please go and fill out the online survey to tell us what you think is important for older adults living in Ottawa. Residents have until May 20 to respond to the survey.

Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program

May 25, 2018 is the application deadline for the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program. This program was created to recognize the spirit of innovation that thrives in Ontario’s agricultural sector. It encourages the development of rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth. Each year the program recognizes up to 45 innovations across the province. Award recipients will receive $5,000, a plaque, gate sign and various promotional materials. In addition, there will be a Premier’s Award valued at $75,000, a Minister’s Award valued at $50,000 and three Leaders in Innovation Awards valued at $25,000 each.
Primary producers, processors and agri-food organizations are invited to submit applications. Details on eligibility, innovation categories, assessment criteria, and the application and selection process can be found in the 2018 Program Guidebook and Application Form at
Questions can be directed to the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or A description of the award winning innovations by year (2006 through 2017) can be viewed at

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.