Provincial Election Survey: LRT Stage 3 commitments

LETTER FROM MAYOR JIM WATSON (sent on May 13, 2022)

Dear party leaders and candidates in Nepean, Carleton and Kanata-Carleton,

The fact that you are seeking office in the upcoming provincial election indicates that you are committed to your community and to the residents of Ottawa. I commend you on your commitment to public service, which is a noble calling, and I wish you the best of luck on Election Day.

As the Mayor of Ottawa, I also wish to ask you a question on an issue of great importance to the future of Ottawa, particularly in your ridings, which will all benefit from significant investments in Stage 3 LRT: As the construction of Stage 2 LRT continues to Orléans, Riverside South, the Ottawa International Airport, Algonquin College and Moodie Drive, the City of Ottawa has now approved two Environmental Assessments that set the stage for the extension of LRT to Kanata/Stittsville in the west and Barrhaven in the south.

As part of Stage 3 LRT, the City will bring the comfort and environmental benefits of rail to some of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities. Does your party commit to negotiating with the City regarding funding 50 per cent of Ottawa’s Stage 3 LRT project?

I would appreciate it if you would kindly reply by May 26, so that we can share your responses with residents ahead of the June 2nd election. I look forward to hearing from you.


Jim Watson


City of Ottawa


Dear Mayor Watson,

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we stand in support of the City of Ottawa as the clean-up after the devastating storm continues. Utility workers are working around the clock to get power restored as quickly as possible for the residents of Ottawa.

Thank you for your letter regarding the City of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

Doug Ford and our Ontario PC team appreciate hearing directly from our municipal partners. We are proud of the strong relationships we built with all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities. We will continue to listen to them to hear what tools and resources they need to address local challenges in their communities.

Doug Ford and the Ontario PCs are getting it done and building transit across Ontario, including an investment of more than $1.8 billion to support building the Ottawa LRT.

As recently as November 2019, our Ontario PC team partnered with the City of Ottawa and the Federal Government on Stage 2 of the project. The Ontario PC government provided the City of Ottawa with a maximum of $1.208 billion to build the Ottawa Stage 2 LRT project. This project will add 44 kilometres of new rail and 24 new stations, and consists of three light rail extensions:

· Confederation Line east to Trim Road

· Confederation Line west to Moodie Drive and southwest to Algonquin College

· Trillium Line south to Limebank Road, with a spur to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

We are going to continue to work with the City of Ottawa to ensure Stage 3 of the Ottawa LRT is completed with provincial support in a way that respects taxpayer dollars and provides value for money.

Our team is committed to ensuring the people of Ottawa have a safe and reliable public transit system.


Ontario PC Party Campaign



Yes. New Democrats believes everyone deserves access to affordable, reliable transit that gets you where you need to go safely. The NDP would restore provincial funding for municipal public transit and paratransit systems to 50% of their net operating costs. We will work with municipalities to improve service, reduce wait times and make municipal transit systems more affordable. The NDP is committed to funding Ontario’s share of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit program, including expansion to Kanata and to Barrhaven.

Melissa Coenraad

Candidate - Kanata-Carleton


Yes. The Ontario NDP believes access to safe and affordable public transit is essential. The NDP would restore provincial funding for municipal public transit and paratransit systems to 50% of their net operating costs. The NDP is committed to funding Ontario's share of Ottawa's LRT program, including expansion to Kanata and Barrhaven.

Kevin St. Denis

Candidate - Carleton


Dear Mayor Watson,

Thank you for writing regarding the City of Ottawa’s priorities.

An Ontario Liberal government is committed to expanding public transit and slashing fares to a buck-a-ride until 2024 which will get 400,000 car trips off the road each day.

I’m happy to confirm that our Liberal Plan for Ontario, A Place to Grow, commits to 50% provincial funding for Stage 3 of Ottawa’s regional transit plan, applying the lessons learned from the first two stages. Our plan also commits to working with federal partners to advance High Frequency Rail service between Toronto, Ottawa and Québec.

An Ontario Liberal government will be a true partner with the City of Ottawa to address the impacts of the pandemic and advance accessible and affordable public transit. Our plan also includes commitments to:

● Build new hospitals, including 640 beds in a new Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus by 2028 and a new 1door4care hub at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to serve kids and teens with special needs, medical complexity or facing mental health challenges

● Build 10,000 new affordable homes in Ottawa over the next ten years

● Support 26,000 more seniors in Ottawa with our Home Care First Guarantee Ontario can be a place to grow, if we make the right choices.

We need to rebuild what’s always made us strong. Education. Health care. Public services that support working families. They’re all key to a better future and economic dignity for our families. That’s what motivates our Liberal team to work relentlessly for all of Ontario. That’s what’s at the core of our competent and inclusive plan to deliver for families.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you would like to discuss this further.


Steven Del Duca


Ontario Liberal Party



Accessibility resources for residents affected by severe storm

The City has opened many accessible Emergency Reception Centres where residents can access power and services, such as charging mobility devices. The centres are open today, Tuesday, May 24, from 10 am to 10 pm, and locations and hours are subject to change based on community needs. For the complete list of centres, services and hours of operation, visit

Need help getting to a reception centre? Please contact Para Transpo at 613-560-5000 (TTY: 244-4833). For other disability-related requests for support, please call 3-1-1. Residents in need can also call 2-1-1 for information on government and local community-based health and social services. If your situation is life-threatening, please call 911.

Accessibility is an important commitment for the City of Ottawa. The City of Ottawa's Accessibility Design Standards were used to select the reception centre sites. These standards incorporate considerations of accessibility under the Building Code. Accessibility features include:

  • Door operators
  • Accessible washrooms
  • Ramps
  • Accessible parking
  • Seating for those who cannot stand for long periods
  • Designated Para Transpo drop off/pickup locations, with indoor waiting area
  • Promotion of a scent-free environment
  • Wide corridors and turning radius

Staff will be available at the reception centres to assist residents. Please let staff know what support you require when you arrive.

For updates on the City’s storm response, follow the City on Twitter and visit the City’s Storm Recovery webpage.

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Green bin blitz to augment regular waste and green bin collection

The City will carry out a green bin blitz over the next few days in the neighbourhoods most affected by the storm to ensure organic waste is collected as soon as possible. Many who lost power will need to dispose of food that has spoiled.

Every area of Ottawa has been affected, however the City will focus on the hardest hit areas this week. City crews will provide enhanced collection of organics and residents with storm-related materials in the following wards are advised to set out their green bins for collection:

  • Ward 6 – Stittsville
  • Ward 9 – Knoxdale-Merivale
  • Ward 16 – River
  • Ward 19 – Cumberland

Priority for food waste will be given to most of Stittsville in Ward 6, all communities in Ward 9 that have lost power, the Riverside Park and Mooney's Bay area in Ward 16 and the villages of Navan, Cumberland and Sarsfield in Ward 19.

Collection will take time, so if your green bin is not collected by day’s end, it is recommended to take it in and put it back out at the curb the following morning. Only organic materials are permitted and any non-organic materials, such as food packaging, should be disposed of separately.

The City will also continue with regular garbage and recycling collection, and residents can set out organic waste weekly in their green bin, according to the collection calendar.

Anticipating increased need for disposing of spoiled food, the City is also setting up several sites where residents will have ongoing access to organic waste dumpsters. While more bins will be available in the coming days, bins will be in place by end of day and ready for use on Tuesday, May 24 at the following locations:

  • Navan Memorial Centre at 1295 Colonial Road
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn at 1500 Shea Road
  • Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre at 3320 Paul Anka Drive
  • Howard Darwin Centennial Arena at 1765 Merivale Road 

The City’s landfill at the Trail Waste Facility (4475 Trail Road) is also offering extended hours to accommodate special collections and will waive tipping fees for residents with storm-related materials to support residents with their disposal needs. 

City crews are also working to remove tree branches and yard waste, but it will take several weeks before the cleanup is finished. If such debris is small enough, residents should bring it to curb for collection, provided it does not impede the roadway or pedestrian access.

Stay off roads

All residents are advised to stay off roads unless absolutely necessary. Any damaged area must be avoided. Road closures and traffic impacts are expected due to fallen trees and debris on roadways. Please follow Ottawa Traffic on Twitter for latest updates.

Pool enclosures

Residents who have a damaged fence or wall around an outdoor pool or hot tub are reminded to ensure the pool or hot tub does not present a drowning hazard. Please take reasonable steps to secure the area. You can find more information under the City's construction fencing by-law.

Emergency Reception Centres

The City has opened several Emergency Reception Centres where residents can access power and services. These centres will be open until 10 pm on Monday, May 23, reopening on Tuesday, May 24 from 10 am until 10 pm. Locations and hours are subject to change based on community needs. Please monitor the City’s social media channels for the latest information or visit the Severe Thunderstorm webpage on

The following facilities offer power for charging devices, showers, washrooms, food and Red Cross:

The following facilities offer power for charging devices, showers, and washrooms:

The following facility offers power for charging devices and washrooms:

To support residents on well water who have lost access to drinking water, bottled water is available at the following locations along with access to potable water to fill containers:

  • W. Erskine Johnston Arena, at 3832 Carp Road
  • Howard Darwin Centennial Arena, at 1765 Merivale Road
  • Navan Memorial Centre, at 1295 Colonial Road

To support residents on home oxygen therapy and who are not able to be serviced in time by their current provider, supplier will support residents with Medical Oxygen needs and device recharging at the following reception centres:

  • Howard Darwin Centennial Arena, at 1765 Merivale Road
  • François Dupuis Recreation Centre, at 2263 Portobello Boulevard

Please bring equipment (oxygen concentrator or portable oxygen concentrator) and a copy of your prescription to ensure you know your oxygen delivery litre flow.

For hydro information, consult the Hydro Ottawa website or its Twitter accountFor updates on the City’s response, follow the City on Twitter and check for updates.

Mayor Jim Watson hosts Princess Margriet of the Netherlands to mark the 77th anniversary of the Liberation

Today, Mayor Jim Watson hosted Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband, Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, at City Hall. The day included the unveiling of a plaque for the newly renamed Princess Margriet Park, a private tour of a City of Ottawa Archives exhibit tracking the Dutch Royal Family’s connection with Ottawa, and a luncheon with veterans and residents of Dutch heritage.

 In 1940, after Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands, Queen Wilhelmina sent her heir, Crown Princess Juliana, and her two daughters to Canada. In 1943, Crown Princess Juliana gave birth to her third daughter, Princess Margriet, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital (now known as The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus). The family spent five years in Ottawa and became a part of the community.

After the War, Crown Princess Juliana presented Ottawa with 100,000 tulip bulbs in gratitude for the city’s hospitality and for the important role Canadian forces played in liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in 1945. To this day, the Netherlands continues to send a gift of tulip bulbs to Ottawa each year as a symbol of the ongoing friendship between the two countries. The Canadian Tulip Festival was established in 1953 to celebrate the historic gift from the Dutch Royal Family.

The City Archives exhibitEnduring Bonds: The Story of the Dutch Royal Family in Ottawa, showcases reproductions of the Yousuf Karsh photograph series of the Dutch Royal Family, as well as a historic display outlining events during the war abroad, on the home front, and about the haven that Ottawa provided. Additionally, the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame has a display titled The Netherlands: A Sports Nation.

During an economic development mission to the Netherlands in 2019, Mayor Watson invited Princess Margriet to visit Ottawa in 2020, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. The Mayor also proposed renaming Fairmont Park, near The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus, in her honour. In October 2019, City Council approved the renaming of the park. The Princess’ visit was unfortunately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ottawa’s deep connection to the Dutch Royal Family and the shared history of our two countries is incredibly special.  We share a unique bond that has only deepened over the 77 years since Canadians liberated the Netherlands during World War ll. Her Royal Highness’ presence at City Hall today marks another step forward in our collective journey as nations with a shared past, present and future.”

Ines Coppoolse, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada

“It is an honour to welcome Princess Margriet back to her birthplace to celebrate the 77th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian forces, a mission in which my father took part. Our two countries enjoy a unique friendship spanning decades, and I’m proud that we continue to build opportunities together in culture, education, tourism and economic development.”

Mayor Jim Watson

Dave Kalil and Grace Thrasher receive Mayor’s City Builder Award

Mayor Jim Watson, with Councillors Jeff Leiper and Scott Moffatt, recognized Dave Kalil and Grace Thrasher’s dedication to the community at today’s City Council meeting by presenting them with the Mayor’s City Builder Award. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dave Kalil, also known as Ottawa’s Piano Man, has been holding weekly livestream concerts to connect with his audiences far and wide. Lockdowns had left Mr. Kalil, a musician with more than 40 years of experience, unable to play at his regular venues but he was determined to continue performing and sharing his passion for music.

The popular 90-minute shows, called Take a Break, came to include a charity component, focusing on raising money for a different non-profit organization every week. Since the concerts began, Mr. Kalil has raised over $115,000 for local charities. Beneficiaries of his fundraising efforts include Shelter Moves, Youth Services Bureau, The Ottawa Mission, Shepherds of Good Hope and numerous others.


For over a decade, Grace Thrasher has been volunteering her time in numerous capacities in support of the Manotick community. Early in her volunteering journey, Ms. Thrasher assisted with fundraising and annual events like Shiverfest, the summer picnic and soap box derby. From 2012 to 2017, Ms. Thrasher served as the Treasurer for the Manotick Community Association and was elected President of the Board in 2017, where she still serves.

Ms. Thrasher has had many accomplishments throughout her time in civic leadership and community-building. This includes leading Manotick’s Task Force on Village Core Revitalization, which resulted in extensive improvements in the community, and advocating for the Manotick community to committees and government representatives on topics like the Manotick Secondary Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Ward Boundary Review.

Ms. Thrasher is a loyal community ambassador. She has sat on numerous local committees, championed letters of support for local businesses, organizations and charities, helped create the local David Bartlett Park Dogwalkers’ Association and led numerous initiatives that have had measurable impacts on the community.


The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour, created to recognize an individual, group or organization that, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements.

Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by Members of Council or the public.

Council approves framework for request to help fund new Civic campus

Council approved a financial framework and guiding principles today for developing a response to The Ottawa Hospital’s request for a one-time City contribution of up to $150 million, to support development of the new Civic campus.

Many Ontario municipalities have made such voluntary contributions to the local cost shares of their community hospitals and staff will report back in the next term of Council with options for the City’s portion. That report will include a background study and a proposal for a special area development charge to fund future services required for the new campus.

Council approved measures to help conserve and commemorate the heritage of a Carlington North community. The City will establish the Veterans’ Housing Character Area to protect the heritage character and built form of the neighbourhood south of Carling Avenue, between Fisher Avenue and Merivale Road, built at the end of the Second World War to house war workers and veterans. The designation recognizes the collective value of the area and comes with a set of design guidelines to help guide new construction or renovations.

Council also approved a motion to recapitalize the Better Homes Ottawa loan program with an additional $30 million in loan capital. The program offers loans for home energy efficiency retrofits and supports residents seeking to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through long-term loans that are tied to the property. The initial pilot was so successful that all allocated funding has been used.

Parking availability and restrictions during Rolling Thunder event

As announced Tuesday, the Ottawa Police Service, with the support of the City of Ottawa, has created a motor vehicle exclusion zone in the downtown area, as shown on the attached map. This zone and other measures coming into effect Thursday April 28 at 8 pm are intended to maintain business continuity and ease the flow of traffic while ensuring public safety and security above all.


What does ‘motor vehicle exclusion zone’ mean?

  • At this time, the only exclusions to this area are motor vehicles taking part in a demonstration, event, protest or rally.Barricades, heavy equipment or police officers and vehicles will be at various access points surrounding the exclusion zone to filter lawful traffic onto those streets.The roads are not closed - normal traffic circulation is permitted. Motor vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, protest or rally, and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enter and exit the zone.
  • There is no on-street parking or stopping anywhere on roads in the zone area coloured purple (see map), ensuring roadways remain clear for all traffic.
  • On-street parking is available in the zone area coloured yellow (see map) for vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, rally or protest, such as for business patrons and local residents.
  • Any motor vehicles failing to observe road signs will be ticketed and/or towed.


Where is parking permitted downtown?

  • Parking within the zone is available in parking lots and garages. These may be busy, so plan your travel times appropriately.
  • On-street parking is available in the zone area coloured yellow (see map) for vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, rally or protest, such as for business patrons and local residents.
  • Public transit is an excellent choice for travel into and out of the core April 29 through May 1.


Are there parking restrictions outside the exclusion zone?

  • There may be temporary no-parking and no-stopping areas marked with signage, mostly in neighbourhoods surrounding the downtown core and where congestion is anticipated.
  • By-law and Regulatory Officers will be patrolling streets to enforce parking regulations.
  • Any motor vehicles failing to observe road signs may be ticketed and/or towed.
  • On all other roads, the regular signed parking bylaws will be enforced. For example, any motor vehicle parked for longer than two hours in a two-hour zone may be ticketed.


The City of Ottawa is committed to ensuring business continuity; however, public safety and security are its top priority.


Please keep in mind that delays should be expected and that regulations may need to change over the coming days. For the latest updates and status on the City’s event management on April 29 and 30, visit this webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Residents can check our online traffic map and the City of Ottawa’s traffic Twitter account for up-to-date information on traffic delays and disruptions.


OC Transpo plans to operate on its regular schedules. Stay up to date on the latest transit information by visiting, calling 613-560-5000 or following OC Transpo’s Twitter account.

Council makes organic waste diversion mandatory for multi-residential properties

Council approved a strategy to get more multi-residential properties to divert organic waste. The strategy will make organic waste diversion mandatory for all multi-residential properties that receive City waste collection services. Staff will continue to introduce green bins on a voluntary basis for the remainder of 2022, and will require all new multi-residential properties beginning City collection service as of June 1, 2022 to participate in the program. Staff will bring forward a plan in 2023 to onboard all remaining multi-residential properties.  

In addition to mandatory organics diversion, the City will increase promotion and education, pilot new waste technologies, incorporate building design best practices to encourage participation in recycling and organics diversion programs, and update its collections contracts. This is one of several City projects designed to support the City’s new Solid Waste Master Plan, to be completed in 2023. It also aligns with the Province’s Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement to reduce food waste from multi-residential properties by 50 per cent by 2025 and require those properties to provide food and organic waste collection to their residents. 

Council received an update on the status and next steps for the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, including its new governance structure. The new structure includes community leadership action teams to develop and implement detailed plans for each priority, an advisory committee to provide strategic direction, a Councillor sponsors group to champion the plan and to guide strategy, and staff to support the entire initiative and coordinate with participating agencies.

The City will begin recruiting for these bodies in Q2 2022, and will include a broad range of community agencies, institutions, businesses, and individuals with lived experience of the priorities being addressed. A financial strategy and performance measurement and evaluation plan will be brought forward in Q1 2023.

Council approved a zoning amendment that would help the National Capital Commission to revitalize Westboro Beach. This amendment allows construction of a new pavilion that would permit a variety of new uses to help revitalize the beach, including restaurant, bar, patio, farmers’ market and recreational facility. Parking will move east of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the existing lot will be turned into park space. To facilitate construction, Westboro Beach will remain closed for the 2022 season. 

Ottawa Police Service and City staff updated Council on preparations to ensure public safety during the Rolling Thunder event this coming weekend.

City marks progress on Stage 2 East Extension with start of track installation

Today, Mayor Jim Watson and Transit Commission Chair Allan Hubley joined the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Orléans, representing the Government of Canada, to celebrate the start of track installation on the O-Train East Extension. This is a significant progress milestone for Stage 2 LRT.

The O-Train East Extension will travel mainly within the OR 174 median, between Blair Road and Trim Road, adding 12.5 kilometres of new rail and five new stations. The extension connects 95 percent of residents in the communities of Orléans, Blackburn Hamlet and Beacon Hill within five kilometres of rail.

Construction on the O-Train East Extension is well underway, and all 25 kilometres of track installation will be complete by the end of 2022. A 240-metre test track west of Jeanne d’Arc was installed in December 2021, and the main line track installation began in April, near the future Jeanne d’Arc Station. Construction of all O-Train East Extension stations are in progress.

Stage 2 LRT will transform travel in Ottawa as it expands the reach, comfort and convenience of light rail transit. It will connect communities, as well as Ottawa’s major employment centres, postsecondary institutions, shopping and recreation destinations, and arts and culture hot spots. When Stage 2 is complete, LRT will ultimately be capable of carrying 24,000 people per direction per hour at peak capacity. The O-Train network will relieve congestion, reducing approximately one sixth of Ottawa’s total vehicle kilometres travelled and save commuters time and money. The project will also reduce greenhouse gases by 110,000 tonnes and contaminants such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and sulphur oxides by 3,000 tonnes over a 25-year period.

The Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project is a $4.66 billion project, jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. Stage 2 supports healthy transportation, gives residents more options for how they move around, including biking to destinations. Ottawa is integrating the city’s pathway network with all light rail developments in support of mixed-mode travel.

O-Train East Extension quick facts:

  • Approximately 32,000 concrete ties across 12.5 kms of the O-Train East Extension will be installed.
  • Concrete ties are installed as they get delivered. Each tie weighs 600 pounds.
  • Approximately 90,000 tonnes of ballast will be installed. Ballast is composed of granite rock that comes from Wakefield, Quebec.
  • Steel clips are set in place by specialized temper machinery.
  • Crews will begin installation between Montréal and Jeanne d’Arc stations and continue west. Final installation will be from Blair Station to Montréal Station.



Ensuring Canadians have access to safe and efficient public transit is a priority for our Government. The O-Train East Extension will cut pollution and transform transit service for thousands of residents in Ottawa’s east end, making their trips to work, to school and across the city easier, greener and faster.

The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

Stage 2 LRT will forever change the way we move around Ottawa by extending the benefits of the O-Train network farther south, east and west. The new O-Train East Extension will be a simple and convenient travel option for residents in Ottawa’s rapidly growing eastern communities. It will also provide transit improvements to major centres of employment, shopping and education and improve connectivity to encourage more active transportation.

Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

Council approves cultural protocol with Anishinabe Algonquin Nation

Council approved a new protocol to frame the City’s relationship on cultural matters with the Anishinabe Algonquin Host Nation. The protocol will guide partnerships and shared action in the areas of arts, heritage and culture.

An Anishinabe Algonquin Nation Consultative Culture Circle will be established in 2022, with representatives of the 11 federally recognized Anishinabe Algonquin First Nations. The Circle will gather two to three times per year to monitor implementation of the civic cultural protocol and implementation plan and to respond to specific questions from various City of Ottawa departments.  

Council also approved a plan to ensure respite and physical distancing centres continue to operate. The centres were established as part of the COVID-19 emergency response. The City will also continue supporting agencies that provide day programing and related services. The estimated cost to continue these services for the rest of the year is $13.6 million.

Council approved a plan to establish a High-Performance Development Standard for new Ottawa developments, to further curb greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in Ottawa. Using a series of metrics to help determine how effective new building projects are at advancing sustainable and resilient design, the new standard will ensure all Ottawa builders are meeting the same minimum targets for projects that require a site plan control application or a plan of subdivision application.

Council approved a new secondary plan to guide proposed development in Manor Park. The plan sets area-specific policies, land-use designations and maximum building heights for lands that will eventually house about 3,800 residential units along with commercial and park space. The applicant has also signed a memorandum of understanding that commits them not to displace current residents of 650 townhouses proposed for redevelopment.

Council approved updates to the Rain Ready Ottawa pilot program, which encourages property owners to reduce the harmful impacts of rainwater runoff on our streams and rivers. A new online course will help residents assess eligibility for the existing rebate program and will provide an alternative to that popular home assessment program, which currently has a long wait list. This would help residents qualify sooner for rebates to start their own yard improvement projects.

Council also approved phasing out the use of City-owned gas-powered lawn and yard equipment, to be replaced with electric alternatives where operationally feasible. The aim is to reduce air and noise pollution generated by gas-powered equipment, such as leaf blowers. The phase-out will begin this summer and staff will report back with a detailed plan to reduce emissions and the environmental impacts of equipment later this year.

Council also appointed Councillor Catherine Kitts to the Ottawa Public Library Board.