The Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 is meant to establish boundaries that can be used in at least three municipal elections (2022, 2026 and 2030) and, perhaps, a fourth municipal election in 2034.

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

The project includes two rounds of public consultation. Residents and businesses are able to share their thoughts through surveys and discussions. Round 1 ended April 3rd, 2020 and collected changes stakeholders would like to see to the current boundaries.

Round 2 ends September 25, 2020 and is looking to receive feedback on 6 new boundary options that were produced by the consultant team. All of the proposed boundary configurations have considerable impact to Osgoode Ward and will change rural representation on City Council.

If you are currently a rural business or resident in Osgoode Ward, or surrounding wards, these facts are worth considering:

  • All proposed options see the amalgamation of Osgoode and the majority of Cumberland ward into a much larger ward with almost triple the population.
  • All proposed options reduce the rural representation on Council from 4 Rural Councillors to 3.
  • The new amalgamated super-ward will be almost 800 km2 – about the size of the entire city of Calgary
  • Many budgetary items funded by the City are funded per Councillor, not by ward area or population. For items like community funding or traffic calming measures, greater needs will have to be met with no increase in funding.

Here is a helpful tool to see the proposed options overlaid in a map format. The project website contains more information on the OWBR as well as the reports and background on the process.

If you feel strongly about these options or want to see more choice for Osgoode Ward, now is the time to make your voice heard.

Businesses and residents are asked to provide feedback in 2 ways:

1. Online Survey
2. A series of Public Meetings (virtual). Registration is here.

This is an important development for Osgoode Ward, and all rural wards, to address.