Monday, 29 May 2017

City of Ottawa - Summer Programming

Make a Splash this Summer!

Great Leaders Make the Difference in Your City's Summer Camps!

Our leaders are multi-talented and well trained, so parents can have confidence that their camper will have a rewarding experience.  Our leaders have often been campers themselves and bring their unique expertise to the programs. Happy parents report: 'My son had another amazing year and thoroughly enjoyed his experience. He met friends, learned new ideas and skills, experienced a variety of activities and just plain old had a fun time.'

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Looking for courses available at a specific facility? 

You can search JoinOttawa for programs near you.

Francophone Summer Camps

The City of Ottawa is offering this summer a large variety of francophone summer camps for children aged between 4 and 12 years old. Bring all your energy to camp for days of adventure and making friends. Sports, games, crafts, special events and much more! It's now possible for you to register to all our summer camps so please visit our cyber guide at for more information. Register quickly as spaces are limited!

2017-18 After School program registration now open

Games, sports, crafts, quiet homework time and much more. Our After School programs offer opportunities for your child to make new friends and be active and qualify for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit. We are a HIGH FIVE® organization, which is Canada's only quality assurance standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12. We are committed to implementing safety and quality measures for our children's recreation and sport programs, focusing on healthy child development. Contact the location nearest you for details.

Ottawa Fit 150

In order to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, participating recreation centres across Ottawa will be hosting 150 special fitness events. These 150 special events and programs will run from June 3 to December 31, 2017. Find out more about events near you! 

Celebrate National Health and Fitness Day – Saturday, June 3

Come join us on June 3, 2017 to celebrate National Health and Fitness Day and kick off our Ottawa Fit 150 celebrations in honour of Canada's 150th birthday!

Participating recreation facilities will be hosting open houses on June 3 during their regular hours of operation. Join us to receive:
  • 2 for 1 passes for fitness classes*, weight room or pool access**
  • A tour of the facility, a chance to meet the staff
  • Giveaways and swag
  • More information about membership features and opportunities

Get Water Wise – Save Lives

As temperatures rise, we look forward to our favourite summer activity, swimming. Whether it's in the pool, at the beach or cottage, or getting wet at the local wading pool, we think about the fun, but not always the safety. From June to September, at least one person will drown every two weeks within Canada. The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition is committed to raising public awareness of water safety with drowning prevention tips for parents and caregivers. Remember, adult supervision is essential no matter how well your child swims. Now is a good time to learn to swim. We have swimming lessons for all ages. 

Doors Open Ottawa - June 3 and 4

Explore Ottawa's culture, history, and architecture for FREE June 3 and 4, 2017! During the first full weekend in June, over 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada's 150th birthday! From Carp to Cumberland, over 80,000 visitors will explore some of the city's most interesting places, and you're invited! If you're interested in the downtown sites, take a ride in the Free Ottawa Citizen Doors Open Ottawa shuttle bus. 

Get Fired up this Summer!

Going on vacation? Need to accommodate your busy schedule? Try out Flex it handbuilding and wheel studios this summer! Flexible pottery allows you to pay for individual studio slots and build a schedule that suits you. View the guide and register today.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Reminder - Community Input Meeting, May 29

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m  (Note Change in Time)

A reminder to all interested community associations that there will be a Community Input Meeting about the Alta Vista/Hunt Club Accommodation Review on Monday, May 29th, 2017 at Ridgemont High School, Cafeteria, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Childcare will be available. 

This meeting will explain why an accommodation review is planned and how the review process works. It will also be a chance for parents and community members to share information about their school and community. Your input will be used to develop the initial report and options.

Here is the agenda for the meeting:

I.   Welcome and Introductions
     a.  What brought you here?

II.  Presentation - Supporting Student Learning through Accommodation Reviews
III.  Your Thoughts About the Review Process - Activity
      a.  What are some things you'd like the district to hear about the review process?
IV.   Tell Us What Matters to You
       a.  What is important to you about your school?
       b.  What factors/unique things about your community do you think need to be                 considered?
       c.  How can we best engage you through this process?

V.   Insights and Questions

VI.  Wrap-up and Closing

We hope to see you on May 29th. You can learn more about the accommodation review process and read our frequently asked questions on our website.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Get Ready For Rail!

The City wants to help you Get Ready for Rail by equipping you with all the information you need to take your journey on board the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.

At the April 19 Transit Commission meeting, a new information and education campaign – called
Ready for Rail – was unveiled. The Ready for Rail campaign aims to answer the questions that people may have about the new system, things like: "Where will it go?", "How often will it come?", "How will I get to it?" and to provide information about how the system is "Built for Accessibility."

Here is just some of the information from the campaign to help you get Ready for Rail:

Where will it go?

The 12.5-km O-Train Confederation Line will connect 13 stations from Tunney's Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east, replacing current bus service through downtown Ottawa.

Most customers will use the Confederation Line on a daily basis in their transit trips, to get to and from downtown. Through downtown, the Confederation Line travels underground in a 2.5-km tunnel that stretches from LeBreton Flats to Waller Street near the University of Ottawa.

When you arrive at one of the downtown stations — Lyon, Parliament or Rideau — you will be protected from the elements as you exit the train onto a modern, underground platform. Escalators and elevators provide an easy and accessible connection to street level.

As well, the east-west running Confederation Line will connect with the north-south running Trillium Line at Bayview Station, and integrated bus loops at major transfer stations – including Tunney's Pasture, Hurdman, St-Laurent and Blair – will make it easy for customers on buses to connect to the Confederation Line.

Built for Accessibility

The O-Train Confederation Line stations will be fully accessible, with features including:

Tactile wayfinding tiles;
• Audible and visual service announcements and passenger information displays;
• Tactile warning strips and inter-car barriers will keep everyone safely away from the platform edge;
• Two elevators at all stations;
• Accessible ticket machines featuring Braille, raised text, and audible voice instructions via speakers or headphone jacks;
• Accessible fare gates; and
• Public washrooms at the four major transfer stations at Tunney's Pasture, Bayview, Hurdman and Blair.
The Alston Citadis Spirit trains will also be fully accessible, with features including:

• 100% low-floors with entrances that are level with platforms;
• Audible and visual on-board next stop announcement systems;
• Cooperative seating areas with flip-up seats directly beside the train doors;
• Slip-resistant, heated and low-glare floors;
• Bright yellow grab bars easily reached from all positions; and,
• Door controls and intercoms on the trains at heights accessible to all.

Please keep a look out for information across the city on bus shelters, bike racks, within city facilities, and online as Ottawa continues to get "Ready for Rail".

For more information on Ready for Rail, please visit

If you need more information on accessible transit, contact the Access OC Hotline at
613-842-3625 (TTY: 613-741-5280) or e-mail your questions to

For all other questions, please contact OC Transpo at
613-741-4390, the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 or TTY at 613-741-5280.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Community Development Framework (CDF) Learning Forum 
Celebrating a Community Where We All Belong

Join us for a celebratory evening of community engagement! Learn about resident-driven activities from across the city and explore what belonging means to you. Light refreshments and exciting entertainment will be provided.

Spread the word! We strongly encourage you to bring a new friend or neighbour who hasn't had the chance to get involved in the community yet.

Free registration

Date and Time


City Hall / Hôtel de ville
110 Laurier Ave. W / 110 Ave. Laurier Ouest
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Hockey Eastern Ontario Busary Program and Silent Auction

Bursary Program:
Hockey Eastern Ontario is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted to our 2017 Bursary Program.  The Bursary Program is available to all HEO Players, Coaches & Referees pursuing their post-secondary education.  To apply or get more information please click here
Silent Auction
Hockey Eastern Ontario is proud to present “The Great Sports Experiences” Silent Auction with great prizes for every type of Ottawa Sport Fan.  Prizes include:
  • Toronto Hockey Road Trip – 2 tickets to a Sens 2017-2018 game in Toronto, 2 Via Train Tickets, 1 night Hotel Stay in Westin Harbour Castle and 2 Sens Jerseys
  • Habs vs. Sens 2017-2018 Club Bell Tickets, with Parking Pass
  • Signed Brad Sinopoli Jersey and 4 tickets to the home opener
  • Opening Weekend passes to the Roar of the Rings
  • 67’s Replica Jersey and 2 Flex Packs
  • Ottawa Fury 4 Pack
All funds raised will go to the Equipment for Kids program that recirculates used hockey equipment and provide new helmets to help kids play who financially have a hard time affording them.
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Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO )
Financial Coordinator
Richcraft Sensplex
Hockey Eastern Ontario
Suite 201-813 Shefford Road, Ottawa, ON K1J 8H9
Tel:         (613) 224-7686 /Fax:  (613) 224-6079
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Seniors can get tickets for a Canada Day breakfast with the Mayor / Les aînés peuvent obtenir des billets pour un petit-déjeuner avec le maire à l’occasion de la fête du Canada

Ottawa – Tickets are now available for the Mayor's Canada Day Celebration for Seniors, which will take place on Saturday, July 1 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.
The sponsored event with Mayor Jim Watson, includes breakfast, served until 10 a.m., as well as door prizes and live entertainment. Please note that there is no reserved seating, and tickets are required for entry.
Free tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 21245, or by emailing by Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last, with a limit of two tickets per person.
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available to couples celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. These tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 21245.
For additional information about the event, call 3-1-1 or visit

Ottawa – Les billets pour le Petit-déjeuner du maire avec les aînés à l'occasion de la fête du Canada sont à présent disponibles. Ce petit-déjeuner aura lieu le samedi 1er juillet, de 8 h à 10 h 30, au pavillon Aberdeen du parc Lansdowne. 

Cet événement parrainé qui se déroule en compagnie du maire Jim Watson inclut un petit-déjeuner qui sera servi jusqu'à 10 h. Des prix de présence et divertissements sont également au programme. Il convient de noter qu'aucune place assise n'est réservée, mais qu'un billet d'entrée est requis pour assister à l'événement. 
On peut obtenir des billets gratuits en appelant la Ville d'Ottawa au 613-580-2424, poste 21245, ou en envoyant un courriel à, d'ici le mercredi 21 juin 2017. Les billets, limités à deux par personne, sont distribués selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi.

Quelques billets VIP sont également mis à la disposition des couples célébrant leur 50e anniversaire de mariage en 2017. Les personnes intéressées peuvent se procurer ces billets en appelant la Ville d'Ottawa au 613-580-2424, poste 21245.

Pour obtenir plus d'information sur cet événement, composez le 3-1-1 ou consultez

Safety Tips for Vacationers

The May long weekend is here. For many people this is the first weekend of the summer traveling season. Whether you are taking trips up to the family cottage or traveling around the world, it is important to remember a few tips to avoid identifying your home as a potential target for robberies when you are away.

Here are some tips from the Ottawa Police to make your home appear occupied:

·         Don’t post on social media that you are going away. Also, avoid posting those amazing vacation photos until you have returned home.

·         Have someone take care of outdoor tasks as needed (shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing the grass) and collect the mail

·         Take out the garbage

·         Set some lights on timers (set the timer to random, if possible)

·         If you’ve purchased valuables like electronics, cut up the boxes so as not to advertise that you have these expensive items.

For neighbours who are staying at home for these vacation weekends, if you see anything suspicious going on in the community – especially around the home of a neighbour who you know is away on vacation – contact the Ottawa Police.
They have set up a new non-emergency telephone number - (613) 236-1222. You can call this number to report any suspicious behaviours, harassment, thefts, or other non-emergency problems. When in doubt, call the number and report.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

OCDSB Board of Trustees Comprehensive Evaluation Questionnaire

The Board of Trustees of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the Board and they are seeking your valued input. The goal is to listen to the opinions, suggestions and observations of key stakeholders and community members regarding the work of the Board of Trustees in order to improve the effectiveness of Board governance. The comprehensive evaluation is conducted once every term of office.

The evaluation questionnaire is anonymous and confidential. It contains a number of questions related to the major responsibilities of the Board. The results of the questionnaire will be consolidated and a summary report will be shared with the members of the Board of Trustees for their consideration.

Each question has a four-point scale on which you are to indicate your rating. 1 rating represents "strongly disagree" and 4 rating represents "strongly agree".

Please click on the link below to complete the questionnaire. The questionnaire will be available May 16 to June 9.  Your completed questionnaire will be returned in confidence.  If you have any questions about the questionnaire or the evaluation process, please contact Michèle Giroux, Executive Officer, Corporate Services at 613-596-8211 ext. 8607 or

Friday, 12 May 2017

Cycling in the City

May is Bike to Work Month

The beginning of May marks the start of Bike to Work Month. The City of Ottawa is proud to be a core partner of this fun and engaging commuter cycling campaign. Bike to Work Month celebrates commuter cyclists and gives them a chance to win over $10,000 in great prizes from local businesses. There are many ways you can participate, visit to find out more and sign up, or contact the Bike to Work team at or 613-656-0100 ext. 120.
Note: You can join the Bike to Work Month team in launching the campaign at the 'Bike-in Breakfast', at the corner of Bank Street and Laurier Avenue West on Thursday May 4 from 7am to 9am.

Mackenzie Avenue Cycle Track 

The finishing touches, including applying the green pavement markings, are currently being applied to the MacKenzie Avenue cycle track, which is planned to be completed later this month. This segment of MacKenzie Avenue is part of a long-term goal to complete a cycling facility around Confederation Boulevard, in partnership with the National Capital Commission and City of Gatineau. The MacKenzie Avenue facility, a two-way cycle track on the east-side of the street, will help to improve the connectivity of the NCC's Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway and will also connect to recent improvements along St. Patrick Street to the north. 

Main Street Renewal

Through May and June a number of items remain to be completed on the Main Street renewal project including construction of the retaining walls and sidewalks at Lees Avenue, installation of the demarcator stones between the cycle track and sidewalk, and installation of the public art. While the northern segment of Main Street (from Clegg Street to Harvey Street) was completed and opened to traffic late in 2016, the cycle tracks south of Clegg Street will remain closed until they are completed later this spring.
A joint road re-opening event and Old Ottawa East community festival is planned for June 17 to celebrate the completion of this project. Look out for more details in the local press.  

Construction starting in 2017

Construction on a number of new active transportation projects is anticipated to begin later this year. This includes new multi-use pathways along the western bank of the Rideau River through Old Ottawa East and along the route of the Trans-Orléans pathway. A number of significant roads will be resurfaced, with paved shoulders added for cyclist-use where feasible. This includes Prince of Wales Drive (from Barrhaven to Hunt Club Road), Bearbrook Road (Centrepark Drive to St. Joseph Boulevard), and Navan Road (Blackburn Hamlet to Pagé). An additional stimulus-funded project in the east-end will add paved shoulders to sections of Old Montreal, Cox Country, and Dunning roads to improve access to Wilhaven Drive as an alternate east-west route for travel to and from Cumberland village.
In the west, the City is also undertaking stimulus-funded improvements along March Road at both Carling Avenue and Herzberg Road. Improvements planned for this area include adding bike lanes through the March Road and Carling Avenue intersection, with a two-stage bike box to accommodate left-turns. The Herzberg Road and March Road intersection is being planned as a 'protected intersection', integrating the bike lanes along Herzberg and March roads with the pathway connection from Penfield Drive. 

Beechwood Avenue Bike Lanes

The annual Bruce Timmermans Awards were announced at Transportation Committee this morning (May 3). For his commitment to positive community building, Gareth Davies, President of Citizens for Safe Cycling since 2015, received the Individual Award. Gareth is recognized for his work in bringing different parties together to collaborate and make cycling safer and better for all.
The Ottawa Safety Council received the Bruce Timmermans Organizational Award. In 2016 the Ottawa Safety Council's Bike Rodeo Program provided over 2,000 young cyclists across Ottawa the chance to learn safe riding skills and the rules of the road. Through fun activities and demonstrations, the rodeos helped children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 4 learn about safe and responsible bicycling. In addition to the Bike Rodeo Program, the Ottawa Safety Council also supports children's mobility through its Adult Crossing Guard, Walking School Bus Leader Training and Pedestrian Safety Presentation programs.

Take the Scenic Route on Your Next Cycling Adventure

Ottawa's large rural areas are great cycling destinations, crisscrossed by quiet country roads and a network of trails. The City has mapped out an initial set of six urban and nine rural cycling routes that have a lot to offer for recreational cyclists. Routes comprise primarily of rural roads and trails to provide a safer environment that minimizes interaction with motor vehicle traffic. The routes are available in a variety of different lengths, degrees of difficulty and differing road surfaces. The accompanying maps show the points of interest, rest areas and other features for each route.
These trips explore different parts of the city and include attractions such as conservation areas, lookouts and historic sites, with country stores, historic wineries, farms and markets located along the way. You can find out more information about these routes by visiting the City's website where you can also download the directions to a mobile GPS device, such as a smartphone.

Get Ready for Rail!

The O-Train Confederation Line will transform OC Transpo's current bus-centered system into a multi-modal transit system, and will completely change the city's landscape and the way people get around. The City wants to help prepare you so that you have all the information you need to take your future journey on board the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. At the April 19 Transit Commission meeting, a new information and education campaign – called Ready for Rail – was unveiled. The Ready for Rail campaign aims to answer the questions that people may have about the new system, things like: "Where will it go?", "How often will it come?", "How will I get to it?" and "Where will I buy my fare?"
Of particular interest to many residents will be the integrated cycling features that have been built into the O-Train Confederation Line.  For example, all stations will have cycling connections, bike parking, and bike "runnels" to easily walk bikes up and down the stairs. Cyclists will also be able to take their bikes on the train with them as trains will be able to accommodate bikes in the co-operative seating areas inside each door when they are not occupied by customers who need priority seating. Over the next year, please keep a look out for information across the city on bus shelters, bike racks, within city facilities, and online as Ottawa gets "Ready for Rail". 

Coming Soon - 2017 Bike Map, Bike Corrals and Sunday Bike Day News!  

The 2017-2018 Official Cycling Map for Ottawa-Gatineau and the Outaouais Region is now available online, with printed copies expected to be available by mid-May. The printed maps can be picked up at City of Ottawa client service centres in Nepean, Kanata, Barrhaven and Orléans, as well as downtown at City Hall. Residents can call 3-1-1 to confirm availability.
Also later this spring, the popular on-street bike parking corrals will be returning. The City, in partnership with Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) representing Wellington West, the Glebe and Bank Street, is looking forward to the three brightly coloured bike racks providing additional bike parking for customers arriving on two wheels to these destinations.
On May 21, the NCC will launch the 47th season of Nokia Sunday Bikedays. To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, Confederation Boulevard will be car-free for a one-time event from 9 am to 1 pm, which includes Wellington Street in Ottawa, Laurier Street in Gatineau, as well as Portage and Alexandra bridges. This special loop will connect to Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Colonel By Drive, allowing residents and visitors to take in the heart of the Capital Region's rich history and natural beauty. 

Winter Cycling Network 2016/2017 

Ottawa Police Service (OPS) in association with Safer Roads Ottawa (SRO) is leading a pilot scheme using a sonar device on OPS bikes. The device measures the distance from the cyclist's handlebars to the passing car.
With the January 2016 update of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) drivers must now pass cyclists with a distance of at least 1 metre between their vehicle and the person riding the bike. In order to increase awareness of the new law and show how drivers can be compliant, the sonar device will be used as an educational tool across the city during the summer months. The device is intended to let drivers know about the new law regarding passing cyclists and the potential $110 fine, rather than being used to charge drivers at this time. 

Projects Wrap-up


Together with the recent construction of new types of cycling infrastructure (such as raised cycle tracks and two-way bikeways) the City has produced a number of short videos to help educate residents about these topics. The videos, produced by Safer Roads Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service, are aimed at ensuring that residents using these facilities or driving are educated on how to navigate the new infrastructure safely. The topics covered by the videos include information on how to correctly use some of the features, such as bike boxes, as well as guidance for motorists on how to safely turn or cross two-way cycling facilities. By better educating cyclists and road users on how to share the road safely the City can help reduce car-bike collisions. Please share these videos with your friends and family.