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.