City of Ottawa Ward Boundary Review

From the City of Ottawa website:

"The City of Ottawa is reviewing its ward boundaries. The last major review was completed in 2005 and established the city’s 23 wards.

Ward boundaries must be reviewed periodically to balance population numbers and achieve other components of “effective representation,” as established by the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly the Ontario Municipal Board).

Since the last major ward boundary review 15 years ago, Ottawa has seen considerable population growth, especially in suburban wards outside the Greenbelt. Some wards are growing twice as fast as others, creating population imbalances. Barrhaven (Ward 3)’s population is now 43 per cent above the average ward population of 44,000, Gloucester-South Nepean (Ward 22)’s population is 23 per cent above average and Cumberland (Ward 19)’s population is 17 per cent above average.

Based on direction from City Council, an independent, third-party consultant team is conducting the Ward Boundary Review 2020 to ensure it is objective and impartial. The team will consult the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.

Round 1 of public consultation is now closed."

More information is available online at 

MVCA's Response

MVCA is concerned that the review will result in a reduction of the number of rural wards, which currently sit at 4 wards. We have submitted comments to the consultants managing the consultation emphasizing the importance of having a strong rural voice at the Council table and the need to maintain four rural wards in the City. You can read our submission HERE

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