May 162020

A General Meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held by videoconference on Wednesday May 20 from 7 pm. Member associations are invited to have delegates participate and observers are welcome.

Note that you must register in advance to participate in the May 20 meeting. Instructions for registration are found in the background information attached to the draft agenda. Register by sending an e-mail to

The draft agenda is found at

May 092020

We have added a new resource page on the Growth Management Strategy.

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the City of Ottawa will a Joint Planning Committee and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Special Meeting on the Ottawa Growth Management plan. They will consider the recommendations from staff on the 3 visions of growth management. After their meeting, their recommendation will go to the full council for discussion at the end of May.

The Urban boundary line will guide how the city manages development decisions over the next couple of decades. The official FCA position is that No Boundary Expansion best satisfies the objectives of our Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). City staff have recommend the 3rd option which will add a large area of land as within the urban boundary for future development.

The FCA position is shown on that page. You can find the presentation we will be making at the meeting. You can also find letters from other community associations on this issue and some videos from various events around the city. We also included links to the key city documents for this meeting.

Apr 172020

A General Meeting of the FCA-FAC will be held Wednesday April 22, 2020 using teleconferencing tools. A draft agenda for the meeting is found at Member associations are invited to have representatives participate. Observers are also welcome.

Please note that you must register in advance to participate in the April 22 meeting. Instructions for registration are found in the background information attached to the draft agenda. Register by sending an e-mail message to

Keep safe and continue to follow the advice from Ottawa Public Health.

Feb 282020

Crime Prevention Ottawa, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, offers funding for outdoor mural projects that support graffiti prevention, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The Paint it Up! Program empowers youth through community arts.

Since its inception in 2010, Paint it Up! has involved more than 2,673 youth aged 12 to 25. There have been close to 82 mural projects across the city supported by an average grant of $5,000. 

  • How to apply: To find out more about the program, download the guidelines and the application form.
  • Application deadline: All applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or received by 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 2020.

More information over at:

Feb 282020


The Public Health Agency of Canada is actively monitoring the outbreak which originated in Hubei Province, China. To effectively respond locally, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) continues to be in enhanced operations to increase support and sharing of information to residents in addition to community and health systems partners. 

As of noon Sunday March 15, Ottawa Public Health is asking all residents to avoid unnecessary contact with others. Please confirm you are required to go to work before heading in. They are asking for all public gatherings to be cancelled.

General advice:

Please remember best practices to reduce the spread of viruses in our day to day lives:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. Make sure to wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just washed your hands with soap.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • It is still recommended to get your flu shot if you haven’t already as the flu virus is still circulating in the community.

If you receive questions from members of the public or from partners, point them to the Ottawa Public Health webpage on novel coronavirus:

For social media, you might find this quick link easier to share:

Feb 282020

City of Ottawa Press Release:

The City is inviting all residents to help shape our new Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. The plan will outline strategies and actions aimed at fostering inclusive communities, where everyone in Ottawa feels safe, and supported by a robust social safety net.

We will seek public input on crime and safety, including on the root causes of these issues, examining factors such as education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression. City staff will present the final Community Safety and Well-Being Plan report to Community and Protective Services Committee and Council in the fall of 2020.

You can find more information on the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan online. Starting on Tuesday, March 3, residents will be able to provide input through an online survey at The survey will remain open until Friday, April 3.

You can also register to attend one of four in-person public-engagement sessions across the city. Space is limited, so please register early. Sessions run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and doors open at 6 pm.

  • Tuesday, March 10 – Nepean Sportsplex (Hall A), 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
  • Wednesday, March 11 – Ottawa City Hall (Jean Pigott Place), 110 Laurier Avenue West
  • Tuesday, March 24 – Richelieu Vanier Community Centre (Kiwanis Hall), 300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue
  • Thursday, March 26 – Kanata Recreation Complex (Hall A), 100 Charlie Rogers Place