Old Ottawa South Community Association

Ottawa South 1911 Census Demographics

- 1911 CENSUS DATA for Sub-District Ottawa South -

Data from Archives Canada (30 pages total, each page as one file, with 50 records maximum per page).


Data in both original (hand-written) format and transcribed format:


Note that a few fields of interest are missing from the transcription, such as address, occupation, religion, nationality.

However, here are summary stats for Ottawa South provided by Statistics Canada.

From the Archives: Community Programs 1947-style

From the Archives: Community Programs 1947-style

September 1947 marked the start of a new season at the Ottawa South Community Center, housed at Hopewell Avenue Public School. The recreation center's theme urged residents of Ottawa South to take a chance on 'Childhood Preferred' and invest in a boy or girl in order to get a great man or a great woman.

From the Ottawa Citizen, Friday September 26, 1947:

Ottawa South Invests in ‘Childhood Preferred’

Ali, Emad, and Ghassan reunited with their mother, Sawsan, and sister, Sara.

Three Brothers and a Baby! OSCRS Unites Families

Members of the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Sponsorship (OSCRS) hosted a welcome party for brothers: Ali, Emad, and Ghassan on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Joining them was their mother, Sawsan, and sister Sara. Sawsan beams, recollecting how much it means to have her three sons by her side. Based on her looks of pure joy, it’s easy to see how delighted she is to be with her sons again.


From the Archives: Tells About Conditions in Ottawa South in 1909

Old Time Stuff, by Earl G. Wilson, was a regular feature of the Ottawa Citizen for many years. This O.T.S. article transcribed here is from the Ottawa Citizen June 16, 1939.

Tells About Conditions In Ottawa South Back in 1909

Some of the people presently residing in that thickly populated section of Ottawa South west of the Bank street, between Sunnyside and Cameron, will hardly credit the statement that thirty years ago a road ran across country from the corner of Sunnyside and Seneca to Billings Bridge. This interesting fact is divulged by Mr. William Kippen, who has resided on Seneca street, near the corner of Sunnyside since 1909.


From the Archives: Whither "Ottawa South"

In the 1990s the burgeoning development of South Ottawa, in areas such as Hunt Club and Greenboro,  triggered a move to distinguish Ottawa South from other parts of the the city by changing the neighbourhood name to 'Old Ottawa South'.


Ottawa South Property Company

Brewer Park and Carleton University are key landmarks for Old Ottawa South, but in the early 1900s they didn’t yet exist; the property was farm land, fallow and undeveloped or swamp. But starting in 1910 a group of land speculators led by two Ottawa lawyers bought up title to these properties and incorporated as the Ottawa South Property Company, with the intention of subdividing the land and selling building lots.


Marking the 100th Anniversary of Annexation to Ottawa

December 16, 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of Ottawa's South's annexation to the City of Ottawa. Today, as we find ourselves once again in a heated debate over municipal budgets, it is timely to reflect upon the decision residents of our community took 100 years ago, when they chose to join Ottawa. Then, as now, citizens had cause to consider the merits of Ottawa and its services. They weighed the costs and the benefits of being a part of Ottawa. It was a debate that featured soothing promises from local politicians, and fear and suspicion on the part of some residents.


Digging up the Dirt on 'Old' Ottawa South

pa008805_smallAsk anyone who lives in Old Ottawa South and they are sure to say we live in the best darn neighborhood in Ottawa. Our unique homes, shops, school, community and recreation facilities, and natural features, all make our community a very attractive place to live. But, if you could travel back in time 100 years, what would you see? A charming, quiet rural community of farms, dirt roads, and a few shops and homes. Incredible changes have taken pace within a very short time. How did all these changes come about? What traces of the “old” Ottawa South can still be seen today?

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