Improving Road Safety in Ottawa

As we look forward to the beginning of the new school year, I want to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of our teachers, administrators and the entire community, who have been working to ensure the safety of students and staff returning to schools across the city.

At this time of year, particularly as more residents return to the office for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the number one concern for parents and educators is road safety in school zones and in residential neighbourhoods.

I’m pleased to share an update on the steps being taken by the City of Ottawa through our Road Safety Action Plan (RSAP) to address issues of speeding and reckless driving.

Two years ago, the City launched an Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) pilot project. Today, fourteen cameras can be found in Community Safety Zones where speeding is a risk to our most vulnerable road users, our children.

Data from the pilot period shows that ASE has a positive impact on reducing speeding and increasing safety in school zones in Ottawa:

  • 200 per cent increase in compliance with the speed limit
  • 72 per cent decrease in drivers traveling at 15 km/h over the speed limit

As of January 2022, over 125,000 tickets have been issued, generating approximately $8.1 million in revenue, which is all reinvested into the City of Ottawa’s road safety initiatives. Working with our partners at Safer Roads Ottawa, we are using education, engineering and enforcement to promote greater road safety for all users.

Additionally, the City has equipped nearly 75 intersections with red-light cameras to reduce aggressive driving behaviours. Studies have shown that dangerous red light running can decrease by as much as 42 percent within a few months of a camera being installed. I am confident that we will see some further reductions in dangerous driving as we expand these initiatives across Ottawa in the years to come.

I hope this shines a light on how seriously we have to take road safety in every community, and particularly in school zones – and how essential photo-radar and red-light cameras will be in addressing some of this dangerous behaviour. I’d like to wish all those returning to school and work a safe and enjoyable fall!

For more information regarding the City’s road safety initiatives, please visit:


City of Ottawa supports Capital Pride Festival

Capital Pride Festival(link is external) is on until August 28, and the City of Ottawa is showing  its pride and support throughout this year’s festivities. There will also be road closures to accommodate the annual parade and street festival.

The City held a flag-raising and proclamation ceremony(link is external) yesterday, on Monday, August 22 at City Hall. The Pride flag has also been raised at the following locations for the week:

  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Drive
  • OC Transpo headquarters, 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service headquarters, 2465 Don Reid Drive
  • Ottawa Fire Services headquarters, 1443 Carling Avenue
  • By-law and Regulatory Services headquarters, 735 Industrial Avenue

The Pride Parade(link is external) will take place on Sunday, August 28 at 1 pm and several City departments will participate. Please note the parade has a new route this year and will start at Kent Street and Somerset Street West.

Road closures

The following roads will be closed on Sunday, August 28 from 1 to 4 pm for the Pride Parade(link is external):

  • Kent Street, from Somerset Street West to Laurier Avenue West
  • Laurier Avenue West, from Kent Street to Nicholas Street
  • Elgin Street, from Laurier Avenue West to Gladstone Avenue
  • Gladstone Avenue, from Elgin Street to Bank Street
  • Bank Street, from McLeod Street to James Street

The egress out of the Ottawa City Hall garage will be maintained. Motorists will be required to turn east on Laurier Avenue.

Additionally, Kent Street, from Gladstone Avenue to Somerset Street West, will be closed on Sunday, August 28 from 6 am to 4 pm for parade staging. Please note that cross streets intersecting with the parade route will be closed to facilitate parade crossing. Local access will be maintained.

The following roads will be closed from 3 pm on Friday, August 26 to 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 28 for the Capital Pride Street Festival(link is external):

  • Bank Street, from James Street to Slater Street
  • Somerset Street, from Bank Street to O’Connor Street

Visit the Capital Pride website(link is external) for a full list of events happening throughout the week.

Reminder: Highway 417 to close between Metcalfe and Carling August 11 to 15

Residents are reminded that starting tomorrow evening, a section of Highway 417, between Metcalfe and Carling/Kirkwood, is scheduled to fully close in both directions starting at 8 pm on Thursday, August 11 and slated to reopen at 6 am on Monday, August 15, resulting in significant traffic impacts.

Lane reductions and ramp closures are scheduled to start at 7 pm on Thursday, with the full closure of Highway 417 scheduled to be in place by 8 pm. The closures are required to replace the bridge over Booth Street.


The following on-ramps will also close:

  • O’Connor westbound
  • Lyon westbound (ongoing)
  • Bronson westbound (ongoing)
  • Rochester westbound
  • Parkdale westbound
  • Maitland eastbound
  • Carling/Kirkwood eastbound
  • Parkdale eastbound


In addition, several municipal road closures are required for this construction:

  • Booth Street is closed between Daniel McCann Street and Arlington Street. It is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, August 25.
  • Raymond Street is closed between Lebreton Street North and Rochester Street. The segment between Lebreton Street North and Booth Street is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, August 25. The segment between Booth Street and Rochester Street is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, October 30.
  • Raymond Street westbound will be closed at Bronson Avenue from 6 pm on Thursday, August 11 to 6 am on Monday, August 15.
  • Rochester Street will be closed between Gladstone Avenue and Aberdeen Street from 6 pm on Thursday, August 11 to 6 am on Monday, August 15.


The following detours will be in effect during the closure: 

Westbound detour for Highway 417 closure

  • Westbound motorists must exit the highway at Metcalfe
  • Continue westbound on Catherine Street
  • Turn left on Bronson
  • Turn right on Carling Avenue
  • Take Highway 417 westbound on-ramp from Carling Avenue

Eastbound detour for Highway 417 closure

  • Eastbound motorists must exit the highway at Carling/Kirkwood Avenue
  • Continue eastbound on Carling Avenue
  • Turn left on Bronson Avenue
  • Turn right on Chamberlain Avenue
  • Continue onto Isabella Street
  • Take Highway 417 eastbound on-ramp at Metcalfe Street

Brooke Henderson tees up the Key to the City of Ottawa

Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Brooke Henderson at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club today. The honour recognizes her accomplishments as a golfer and three-time Canadian Press athlete of the year, and for the impact she has had on Ottawa and its image on the national and international stage

The event was held at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club where details of the Ottawa stop on the LPGA tour were provided. The CP Women’s Open will be played at the club from August 22 to 28 and is the only Canadian stop on the tour. The stop will provide fans a chance to watch Brooke Henderson compete on home soil.

Brooke Henderson was born in Smiths Falls in 1997. She learned to play golf from other family members at an early age and quickly started amassing tournament victories, including three events on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. She was named the top-ranked female amateur golfer in the world.

In December 2014 at the age of 17 she became a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She won her first major in Seattle, Washington as an 18-year-old, making her the youngest ever winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She also won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2018 at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, becoming the first Canadian in 45 years to win on home soil.

She also serves as a role model, especially to other young, female golfers, motivating them to take up the sport. Her impact is expected to result in growth of golf at the grassroots level for years to come.


“Brooke Henderson is a remarkable golfer and an inspirational young woman. Whether you’re a golfer or not, people from Ottawa, Canada, and around the world marvel at her accomplishments. She is an ambassador for the game and for healthy living. It is my honour to present Brooke Henderson with the Key to the City on her one and only Canadian stop on the LPGA Tour.”

Mayor Jim Watson


Key facts

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious award.
  • The Key to the City was first presented in 1902 by His Worship Fred Cook to Lady Minto.
  • Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
  • The Key to the City was last awarded to the Ottawa Citizen
  • The Key to the City is being presented to Brooke Henderson in recognition of her accomplishments as a golfer and three-time Canadian Press athlete of the year, and for the impact she has had on our city and its image on the national and international stage.


Biography – Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson was born and raised in Smiths Falls, Ontario. She started golfing as a child and had several family members as her early teachers, including her parents, who were both experienced players – her dad who is still her coach to this day, and her older sister Brittany, who was a top junior and college golfer.In 2013, Brooke won the Canadian Women’s Amateur golf tournament and in 2014, she was the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament.While still an amateur, Brooke won three events on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, tied for 10th place at the U.S. Women’s Open, and was the top-ranked female golfer in the world.In December 2014, at the age of 17, Brooke made the decision to turn pro. Just one year later in 2015 she was named the Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year, an honour she earned again in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Brooke won her first major as an 18-year-old, making her the youngest ever winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. In 2019, ESPY named her the Best Female Golfer; Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame gave her the People’s Choice Award; and she was named the winner of the 2019 Founders Award by a vote of fellow golfers on the LPGA Tour.Brooke continues to rack up tour wins year after year as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour and consistently holds a position in the Rolex Rankings as one of the top ranked golfers in the world.  Despite all her glory, Brooke hasn’t forgotten her roots. Her tremendous accomplishments and conduct in the sport of golf have had a remarkable impact on other young athletes and have inspired many young girls to pick up a golf club.  She is a true Ambassador for the sport, and has made her hometown very proud.

City to celebrate historic Aberdeen Pavilion milestone with community festival

On Saturday, July 2, the City of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Central Canada Exhibition Association, will host a community festival at Lansdowne Park to celebrate 30 years since Ottawa City Council resolved to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion.

The Aberdeen Heritage Festival will kick off at 9:30 am with an opening ceremony in the Aberdeen Pavilion, followed by exciting activities throughout the day. This includes:

  • Local live entertainment and archival exhibits
  • Buskers, Ottawa Farmers Market, 613flea and petting zoo
  • Vintage vehicle displays
  • Local food vendors, trucks and Lansdowne restaurants
  • Ottawa REDBLACKS, Ottawa 67’s and Ottawa BlackJacks Fun Zone and Ottawa Senators Experience

For more information on the festival’s activities and site information, visit the Aberdeen Heritage Festival webpage on

The Aberdeen Pavilion was built in 1898 and served as the central exhibition hall for the Central Canada Exhibition until it closed for public use in 1987. On July 2, 1992, Ottawa City Council passed a resolution, put forth by then Councillor Jim Watson and former Councillor Peter Hume, to invest in the building’s restoration and reopen it to public use.

Since the passing of the resolution, the Aberdeen Pavilion and Lansdowne Park have been revitalized and transformed into an integral part of the city where residents and visitors go to live, work and play.


“The Aberdeen Pavilion is an integral part of our city’s history, and I am thrilled to be celebrating this important milestone in its continued legacy. Since putting forth the resolution to restore the Aberdeen Pavilion 30 years ago, I have seen the building and surrounding area transform into a vibrant community hub where residents and visitors alike can enjoy arts and culture, sports, food and entertainment.”

Mayor Jim Watson

Foundation set for Ādisōke

At an event today, Mayor Jim Watson, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board (on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage), Councillor Matthew Luloff, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, Grand Chief Savanna McGregor, Algonquin Anishinābeg Nation, and Councillor Dan Kohoko (on behalf of Chief Wendy Jocko, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation), celebrated the setting of the foundation for Ādisōke, the new Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada joint facility.

In honour of National Indigenous History Month, the Ādisōke Project Team highlighted the meaningful and respectful partnership with the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation. The project partners placed a token of significance into a concrete slab that will become part of the facility’s foundation. This is a historic and important ceremony that builds on the spirit of relationship building, active listening and reconciliation.

Built to achieve a Net-Zero Carbon standard and LEED Gold designation, Ādisōke will be an environmental leader that showcases sustainable infrastructure design and contributes to a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations. It will pave the way for other federal and municipal infrastructure projects and enable the City to achieve its goal of transitioning Ottawa into a clean, renewable, and resilient city by 2050. 

Set to open in 2026, the modern and iconic facility of Ādisōke will become a landmark destination located on the traditional territory of the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation, in what is now known as the National Capital Region. Ādisōke will deliver a vibrant customer experience through public services, exhibitions and events that showcase Indigenous stories and histories, as well as our rich Canadian heritage. The joint programming and services will make this a truly unique offering in Canada.

The site for Ādisōke is located on the unceded, traditional territory of the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation, who have occupied the area since time immemorial. Elders and members of the Host Nation have been key partners in influencing the design of the facility, as well as the selection of the name Ādisōke, which refers to the telling of stories in the Anishinābemowin Algonquin language.

For more information on the Ādisōke project, visit


“Today is an exciting day as we celebrate the laying of the foundation for Ādisōke, bringing us one step closer to opening the doors of this word-class facility in 2026. Ādisōke will be an important hub in our city and a cornerstone of our community. It will be a welcoming, inspiring and inclusive space that will be enjoyed by Ottawa residents, Canadians, Indigenous Peoples and visitors from around the world for generations to come.”

– Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa


“What is coming to life before our eyes is much more than a concrete foundation. We are laying the groundwork for a project that is unique in Canada: an innovative federal-municipal partnership, an environmentally exemplary building, and a construction site that contributes to economic development and the growth of our culture. Most importantly, Ādisōke is an example of respect, understanding, collaboration, and commitment to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.”

 The Hon. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage


“Today we officially set the foundation of Ādisōke, and more than that, we also celebrate the unique collaboration that is the base of this once-in-a-generation project. In working together to advance reconciliation, respect, sustainability, and innovation, the collaboration between Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada and the Anishinābe Algonquin Nation points the way forward for all of us.”

– Councillor Matthew Luloff, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board

“Sweet Grass is one of the medicines that the Algonquins use in ceremonies; it grows wild along some rivers and streams in the Algonquin Territory. Sweet Grass is braided; three groupings of strands come together in the braid. Each strand on its own is not very strong, but when braided, together they become very strong. This for us symbolizes our relationship with the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada.  The Algonquins are represented by the first strand, the city and your citizens are represented by the second strand, and Canada, our country is represented by the third strand. Together we are all very strong like the Sweet Grass Braid. The partnership we have formed with Ottawa Public Library, Library and Archives Canada, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg is a strong partnership for the future.”

–  Councillor Dan Kohoko, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

Ottawa Citizen receives the Key to the City

Last night, Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to the Ottawa Citizen, in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments serving generations of readers by sharing news and information in Canada’s capital for over 175 years. 

Since 1845, the Ottawa Citizen has covered stories that are now woven into the nation’s history. Beginning as a four-page weekly publication, the Citizen underwent changes to its ownership, its technology and its own name to become Ottawa's leading media outlet and oldest continuously operating business.

In a global, media-rich environment, the Ottawa Citizen remains a trusted source for news and entertainment that helps make sense and meaning of a complex world.



“Today, I was honoured to recognize the Ottawa Citizen by presenting them with the Key to the City. The Ottawa Citizen’s longstanding dedication to sharing news and information with our residents has had a tremendous impact on our city and our country. As one of Ottawa’s longest-serving businesses, I commend the Ottawa Citizen for their many years of coverage and keeping our community informed.”

Mayor Jim Watson

Key facts

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s highest and most prestigious award.
  • The Key to the City was first presented in 1935 by His Worship Stanley Lewis to Lord Tweedsmuir, Governor General of Canada, and his wife Lady Tweedsmuir.
  • Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
  • The Key to the City was last awarded to Dr. Vera Etches and Ottawa Public Health.



The Ottawa Citizen: Trending since 1845

The Ottawa Citizen has been telling the story of Canada’s capital for 175 years. Beginning as a four-page weekly publication, the Citizen underwent changes to its ownership, its technology and its own name to become Ottawa's leading media outlet and oldest continuously operating business.

Over the decades, the Citizen has covered stories that are now woven into the nation’s history: from Queen Victoria’s choice of Ottawa as the capital in 1857 to the assassination of Thomas D’Arcy McGee, a Father of Confederation, in 1868 to the October Crisis of 1970. Its journalists have covered key milestones in the evolution of the city: the construction of the National Gallery, return of NHL hockey, 1998 ice storm, 2018 tornadoes and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the Citizen’s reputation for fair-minded coverage of local institutions – city hall, the courts, education and health care – underpins a rich variety of web, social media and print products. In a global, media-rich environment the Citizen remains a trusted source for news and entertainment that helps make sense and meaning of a complex world.

Not only has the Ottawa Citizen described the character of our city, but it has also helped define it.

Mayor Watson presents Key to the City to Dr. Vera Etches and the entire team at Ottawa Public Health

Last week, Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, as well as another Key to the whole Ottawa Public Health team, in recognition of Dr. Etches’ leadership and the health unit’s exceptional work during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Etches’ calm, clear and thoughtful public leadership not only reassured residents, but also led to Ottawa’s success in controlling outbreaks and achieving high vaccination rates. Dr. Etches credits her dedicated staff at Ottawa Public Health with making these outcomes possible.

Hindia Mohamoud, Director of the Ottawa Local Integration Partnership, and Dr. Etches’ parents, Dr. Duncan Etches and Dr. Nora Etches, each shared memories and remarks about Dr. Etches’ career and character. The Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health, Councillor Keith Egli, provided comments on the work of Ottawa Public Health staff. The Key was accepted by Robyn Muzik, Co-Chair of Ottawa Public Health’s Employee Engagement and Wellness Committee.

The event included a video montage of the team’s work over the past two years, as well as messages from a range of well-wishers, including Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario, actor/comedian Colin Mochrie, actor Ryan Reynolds and Stewart Reynolds (a.k.a. Brittlestar, ‘the Internet’s favourite dad’).


“Dr. Etches inspired control, confidence and calm in our residents through the darkest days of the pandemic. As a result of her always thoughtful, humane and science-based efforts, Ottawa has been a leader in the fight against COVID-19. I am honoured to present the Key to the City today to our very own public health hero, Dr. Etches, and her remarkable support team at OPH.”

Mayor Jim Watson

"Our city is so fortunate to have the steady hand of Dr. Etches guiding us throughout the pandemic. In the earliest days, she emerged as a reassuring and trusted voice advising residents and continues to guide us all as we learn to live with COVID. Her leadership, both of the pandemic response and of the hundreds of employees at OPH, no doubt saved lives. We are also very fortunate to have a team of dedicated professionals working at OPH. Throughout the pandemic, they have faced every challenge with professionalism, thoughtfulness, kindness, empathy and compassion. The residents of Ottawa have been well served by the OPH team.”

Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health

About Dr. Etches

Dr. Vera Etches was appointed Medical Officer of Health for Ottawa Public Health in April 2018, having served as Deputy Medical Officer of Health for three years and Associate for five years before that. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.

Prior to joining Ottawa Public Health, Dr. Etches served as Associate Medical Officer of Health, Acting Medical Officer of Health and Director of Clinical Services for the Sudbury & District Health Unit. In 2005, she completed specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Etches is passionate about preventing illness and injury and working with partners to support people’s wellbeing, with a focus on priority populations. She is committed to public health work addressing inequities in health status stemming from racism and colonialism.

About Ottawa Public Health

The goal of Ottawa Public Health is to keep people healthy, safe and well. Ottawa Public Health works with the community and partner agencies across many sectors on both programs and policies, serving people across their lifespan. The organization’s areas of focus include prenatal, parenting, baby and maternal health, healthy aging, mental and dental health, substance use, nutrition, and injury and disease prevention.

Ottawa Public Health was on the front line of the local pandemic response. It led the largest vaccination campaign in Ottawa’s history, which to date has achieved 92% full vaccination coverage (at least two doses) for the population aged 12 and older.

About the Key to the City award

  • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious municipal award.
  • The practice of presenting a key can be traced back to medieval times, when admission into a city was hampered by many legal restrictions, as well as by walls and locked gates. The key symbolized free entry and is now used to recognize accomplished Canadians who have had an impact on the city and its image on the national and international stage.
  • Previous Key to the City recipients include author Margaret Atwood, photographer Yousuf Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and retired hockey player Daniel Alfredsson.
  • The most recent recipient was the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean in recognition of her illustrious and distinguished career as a journalist, 27th Governor General of Canada, UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and third Secretary General for La Francophonie.

Don't miss the Aberdeen Heritage Festival on July 2 + CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

After decades of being nothing more than a parking lot surrounded by crumbling infrastructure, we revitalized Lansdowne Park and made it a real people place with new sports teams, retail, restaurants – not to mention a tremendous amount of greenspace, trees, gardens – and even an apple orchard.

Lansdowne is a jewel in Ottawa’s crown – and it’s in no small part because of the wonderful heritage buildings we have preserved on that site and once again made available to the public.

Both the Aberdeen Pavilion and the Horticulture Building have become very popular venues.

The Aberdeen Pavilion is a one-of-a-kind structure that dates back to 1898, when it was built to welcome the Central Canada Agricultural Exhibition.

In the following years, it also served as a meeting point for soldiers heading to combat in the Boer War and World War I – but also as an ice pad where the original Ottawa Senators won the Stanley Cup in 1904.

That building has seen it all – and it remains today the only unsupported building of its kind in North America.

Unfortunately, after decades of neglect in the second half of the 20th century, the Aberdeen Pavilion was abandoned and taken over by thousands of pigeons before being condemned for demolition.

On July 2nd, 1992, Council voted to reverse that decision and to invest the funds required to save the building and to restore it to its former glory.
I was pleased to work with councillors Peter Hume and Joan O’Neill to put together a package to save and restore the pavilion.

I am proud that we’ve worked with the Central Canada Exhibition Association and a number of key partners to mark the 30th anniversary of that important day on July 2nd this summer.

For the occasion, we will host an old-fashioned exhibition at Lansdowne that will undoubtedly bring back some good memories for many residents who enjoyed the Ex – and probably create some new ones for those who weren’t around at the time.

This one-day event promises to be a great time for guests of all ages, with a number of attractions that will be available free of charge.

These include an Ottawa Archives exhibit on the Ex, live entertainment in English and French throughout the day, buskers, local fair booths and food vendors, a classic automobile demo, a farmers’ market, a petting zoo, and a TD Place “fun zone” that involves locker room visits with local athletes and mascots… and much more!

I hope to see many of you out on July 2nd to celebrate the history of Lansdowne Park and the Aberdeen Pavilion from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., beginning with a Freedom of the City ceremony at 9:30 a.m. featuring various dignitaries.

Please visit for more details ahead of this fun exhibition!


The Recreation, Culture and Facility Services Department is currently recruiting volunteers for the Aberdeen Heritage Festival.

Volunteers will be required for two shifts during this event. Shift one would require an arrival time at 7:30 am and volunteers should be prepared to assist until 12:30 pm. Shift two would require an arrival time of 12:00 pm and assistance until 5:00 pm, or until tear down and clean-up is complete.

In compliance with Ontario law, all volunteers must have completed their AODA training to volunteer for an event.  If you have not already completed this training, you can do so online. The training only takes a few minutes to complete.  All volunteers under the age of 18 require the signature of their parent / guardian.   The Parent/Guardian Consent form can be downloaded from our online application.                                                           

If you, your colleagues, family or friends are interested in volunteering, please apply online at:

Storm recovery update

On Saturday, May 21, Ottawa was the victim of yet another natural disaster that devastated nearly every corner of our city. A powerful and violent storm swept through the region with high winds, heavy rains and lightning, resulting in extensive damage to our hydro infrastructure, including downed power lines and over 300 broken poles – not to mention hundreds of large trees that snapped or were uprooted.

Experts have now determined that this storm was the most severe weather event in the last 30 years – worse than the ice storm of 1998 and the tornado of 2018, as more than 725 different outages affected nearly 180,000 households across Ottawa. Work to restore power and clean up the city began immediately and continue around the clock until every last issue is resolved. This was a very complex and highly sensitive operation that in many cases required significant infrastructure repairs, far beyond a simple reset of the grid.

I commend the teams at Hydro Ottawa and Hydro One, City staff, the crews from the Ministry of Northern Development Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, and all our partners for their tireless efforts over the last couple of weeks, for not only restoring power, but also keeping people safe.

During the Emergency Operations Centre response, more than 67,000 meals were delivered throughout the city to residents in need. Thousands of wellness visits were conducted thanks to multiple teams of Ottawa Public Health nurses, the Ottawa Fire Service, the Canadian Red Cross, youth volunteers from the Fire Venturers Program, and many more.

I also want to recognize the tremendous efforts of my Council colleagues who were on the ground at all hours to speak to their constituents and ensure that all were taken care of.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank all residents who experienced power outages for their patience over those few weeks. While many had to endure long periods without power, we saw neighbours helping neighbours and strangers lending a helping hand to those in need, once again showing the compassion and generosity across all communities during a crisis. We are a resilient community and we consistently come together to help each other out in times of need.