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: April 2, 2015

Better strength, better balance

The "Better Strength, Better Balance" fall prevention group exercise program is starting in April for adults 65+. This is a beginner level class and provides participants with instruction by a certified fitness instructor to increase muscle strength, balance and coordination. Ottawa Public Health nurses will also provide education on preventing falls. Registration can be done by calling 613-580-6744. The program begins on April 7 at the following West Carleton locations:

  • Carp Memorial Hall (3739 Carp Rd.), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:30pm
  • St. George's Anglican Church (176 Shirreff St), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am

Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Applications for the 2015 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program will be accepted until April 10, 2015 at 5pm. The program recognizes innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. Eligible applicants could receive a Premier's Award ($75,000), a Minister's Award ($50,000), a Leaders in Innovation Award (3 awards available at $25,000 each) or a provincial award (45 awards available at $5,000 each). For more information about the awards and the application process go to

Take advantage of grants for clean water projects

Ottawa continues to support rural landowners working to improve water quality through its Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program. Applications are now being accepted for projects to be completed in 2015. The deadline for applications is May 1. Grants of up to $15,000 are available, covering 50 to 90 per cent of costs for eligible projects, including:

  • Buffers, windbreaks and land retirement
  • Livestock restrictions from watercourses
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Well decommissioning
  • Education initiatives
  • Controlled tile drainage and outlet protection
  • Chemical/fuel storage
  • Clean water diversion
  • Manure/washwater storage and treatment
  • Nutrient management plans
  • Precision farming

Grant applicants must own a farm or a property in rural Ottawa to be eligible. Landowners within Ottawa’s urban boundary who are seeking to decommission a well are also eligible, as are not-for-profit groups requesting funds to help with education initiatives that promote best management practices. Visit for more details about the program, eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.

The program is done in cooperation with local conservation authorities. For more information, contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132.