Yesterday, Council approved a new Official Plan for Ottawa – the City’s most comprehensive planning document. It marks the first time that Ottawa has adopted a new Official Plan since 2003.

The new Official Plan will guide growth and redevelopment in Ottawa for the next 25 years and is framed around five big policy changes:

  • Growth – encouraging more growth through intensification and providing more affordable housing
  • Mobility – promoting sustainable transportation and encouraging complete streets.
  • Urban Design – ensuring intensification happens in ways that benefit the streets and communities involved
  • Resiliency – bringing environment, climate and health considerations to the forefront of planning
  • Economy – establishing a strong relationship between land use and economic development

 The new Official Plan is designed to help Ottawa become a city of connected, green, inclusive and walkable communities, with greater density of housing, employment and services around rapid-transit hubs and along transit corridors. 

Council approved an additional funding of $28 million for the Ottawa Public Library portion, $36 million for the City portion and $10 million for the parking facility for Ādisōke, the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. The extra funding was required due to price escalation in the Ottawa construction market. Given the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on labour and material supply, the project schedule has been modified and the facility’s official opening has been pushed back by one year to summer 2026.

Council received an update on the Climate Change Master Plan and heard that greenhouse gas emissions generated across Ottawa decreased by 15 per cent between 2012 and 2020. To meet Council-approved targets, the community will need to decrease emissions by five to six per cent each year over the next five to 10 years. The City’s corporate emissions decreased 43 per cent between 2012 and 2020, mainly due to efficiencies at the Trail Waste Facility. This puts the City ahead of its short-term target to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2025.

Council approved the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, which sets out strategies and outcomes to address the root causes of crime, social disorder and ill health, and to improve the safety and well-being of everyone in Ottawa. The plan addresses local risks to safety and well-being at the community level in six priority areas: 

  • systems and strategies to address discrimination
  • marginalization and racism
  • financial security and poverty reduction
  • housing
  • mental well-being
  • gender-based violence and violence against women

The plan complements City work underway that addresses these priorities, including the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, the Anti-Racism Secretariat and the Women and Gender Equity Strategy.

Council approved a renewed five-year strategic plan for Long-Term Care Services. The plan emphasizes a person-centred approach to care that focuses on the emotional needs and choices of residents, with consistent staffing in a household-style setting. Person-centred care enriches quality of life for residents, empowers staff, and fosters collaborative relationships. Staff will develop a customized approach and report back with a plan to implement it.

Council also moved to extend the transfer window on OC Transpo buses by 60 minutes while R1 replacement-bus service remains in effect. Staff will update Council on timing for implementation.