Column: July 18, 2019

2020 Civic Events Funding Program

The City of Ottawa invites local not-for-profit organizations, such as community groups and recreation associations, to apply for up to $3,000 in funding to deliver community events that take place in local, geographic communities and neighbourhoods in the City of Ottawa. These family-friendly events must include family entertainment and activities that appeal to members of the geographic community where the event is being held. The deadline to submit to the program is October 9, 2019 by 4pm. If you are unsure of your eligibility or have any questions, please contact the Funding, Partnerships & Agreements Unit at or 613-580-2424 ext. 14133. More information on the Civic Events Funding program is found at Information is also available at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.

Open Air Fire Permit

Open Air Fire Permits can be obtained online by going to If you already have a MyService account, login in. If you do not have an account, follow the easy steps to create one. Online payment options include MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Interac Online, MasterCard Debit and Visa Debit. Fire permits can also be acquired at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. To apply or renew in person in West Carleton-March, the Client Service Centre at the West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Rd.) issues Open Air Fire Permits, on Wednesdays only from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Permits can also be obtained at the Rural Fire Administration Office at the Carp Fire Station (475 Donald B. Munro Dr.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am to 4pm. For a complete listing of all locations where permits can be obtained throughout the city, go to

Backyard pool safety

Sadly, ever year a number of Canadians drown in backyard pools. These deaths are preventable. The City’s Pool Enclosure By-law is designed to increase the safety of all pools and hot tubs. While requirements vary, the following rules apply regardless of when your pool enclosure was constructed:

  • All gates in a pool enclosure must be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching device and a lock located inside the enclosed area;

  • All pool owners must ensure every gate around the pool in closed and locked at all times, except when the pool area is in use;

  • Pool enclosure gates adjoining public spaces like parks or public pathways must be locked at all times, except when the gate itself is in use; and

  • Portable and blow up pools that hold water at a depth of two feet or more are a potential safety hazard and require a compliant pool enclosure.

If you are planning to install a pool this summer, please remember to obtain your pool enclosure permit for everyone’s safety. For more detailed information about pool enclosures and permits, please visit