Ottawa’s population has risen significantly since the last major ward boundary review of 2005. Some wards now have significantly more residents than other wards.
For this reason, at City Council’s request, an independent consultant was hired to study viable alternatives that would lead to more equal representation. After public and stakeholder consultations, research and study, the consulting team presented 5 options for Council’s consideration. Council then passed a motion asking the consultants to present a sixth option based on different criteria.
An online survey to receive public feedback is open from August 19 to September 25.
While our ward’s boundaries do change depending on which option is chosen, Old Ottawa South will remain as a single community in all of the options being proposed. This cannot be said for all communities, some of which will be significantly altered depending on which Option is ultimately selected. Project information can be found here:
There is also a map feature on the website that allows you to see what the boundaries would look like under each option. Click on the layers tab at the upper left of the map to see what the ward boundaries would be in each option.
A synopsis of the six options:
- Option 1 increases the number of wards to 25, with 13 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards.
- Option 2 increases the number of wards to 24, with 12 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards.
- Option 3 maintains the current number of wards, 23, and includes 11 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards.
- Option 4 also maintains the number of wards at 23. It also includes 11 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards. The boundaries for each ward are different than those in option three.
- Option 5 reduces the number of wards to 17, with nine urban wards, six suburban wards and two rural wards.
- Option 6 increases the number of wards to 24, with 12 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards. It minimizes ward boundary changes.
Public consultations are also being held online from September 10 to September 23. To register for one of the sessions, link to:
Public comments and inquiries can also be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.