St Laurent Transit Improvements

In September 2016, the City of Ottawa will begin construction in your neighborhood. This work is being done to improve infrastructure in your neighborhood.
WHO: The City of Ottawa Contractor, Ottawa D Squared Construction Limited, will complete the work.
WHY: The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction in order to improve transit reliability, cycling safety, and improve traffic operations and safety at the Industrial/Innes/St. Laurent Blvd. Intersection.
WHAT: Work will involve the widening of St. Laurent Blvd. between Industrial Avenue/Innes Road intersection and Smyth Road, resurfacing of St. Laurent Blvd. from Innes Road/Industrial Avenue to south of Smyth Road, watermain, new cycle tracks, sidewalks, traffic signals, street lighting and landscaping within the project limits.
WHEN: Work is expected to begin September 26, 2016. Final completion is anticipated by end of November 2017.
WHERE: St. Laurent Blvd. between Industrial Avenue/Innes Road and Smyth Road.

Night Work
As part of the construction activity, the majority of the construction will be taking place during the overnight periods. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possible vibration. Every effort will be made to minimize disruptions to local residents/businesses.

Jobs, population and housing – future forecasting to 2036

According to a recent report, Ottawa has more land set aside for employment than it needs. Combined with about-to-be-released growth projections for housing, population, and jobs, residents may live, work and play very differently in 2036 than 2016. Interested? Attend our upcoming information session:

Thursday, September 29, 2016
6:30 to 8 p.m., presentations at 7 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall, Main floor, Festival boardroom, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Register today to attend this public information session on how these two factors – employment land supply and 2036 growth projections – inform the City’s Official Plan.

2017 Budget Consultation Town Hall

As you know, the City of Ottawa conducts city budget-related consultations every fall. Councillor Cloutier will again host a town hall in partnership with Councillor Brockington & Councillor Deans:

2017 Budget Consultation Town Hall

Thursday, October 6th, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, 1265 Walkley Road

This year, the Corporate Services Department has developed new tools on to enhance the public’s understanding of the budget process, and how decisions impact their individual property taxes.  These enhancements also include a cleaner navigation through the Budget pages on, brief explanatory notes on each tool available, and simplified language

The new resources are available in the Understanding Your City Budget section of and include:

1.     How your City Budget Works.  A four-minute doodle video that uses plain language and easy-to-understand cartoon-style graphics to describe the development of the City budget.

2.     Get Involved in the Budget Process:  The City of Ottawa’s Budget Process Made Simple. A printable info-graphic that describes the budget and consultation process and highlights when and how citizens can have their say; and

3.     Budget Planning Tool:  Citizen Budget Consultation.  This interactive software tool provides residents with the opportunity to play the role of a politician or administrator by determining how they would prioritize budget funding for each category.  To show the impact of their decision, it will also show how it would affect the budget rate and their individual property taxes. The budget simulator tool will remain live until the budget is tabled on November 9.  After which time, the data will be collected and a report will be made available to Council with the consolidated results.


Bookmark the Core meeting

The public will learn nothing more about the central library until December when a final recommendation on the site and other project details will be brought to the OPL Board and then to City Council – for a final decision. Secrecy will shroud the whole project for the next four months. For a public project of this scale and public importance, secrecy
is simply unacceptable.

Please join us on Monday September 19th at the Dalhousie Community Centre located at 755 Somerset St. (corner of Somerset and Empress) at 7pm to find out how you can help.
You can find more information on this important project by contacting:

Healthy Trees – Healthy City: A Celebration of National Tree Day

Speaker, Professor Marc Berman, University of Chicago

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Horticultural Building, Lansdowne Park
6 p.m. Healthy Communities Expo
7 p.m. Opening remarks and Presentation

Register before September 19, 2016. Admission is free.

Ottawa’s trees clean our air, improve the health of our residents, beautify our communities, and improve our quality of life. You are invited to learn more by attending this event which includes displays by organizations focused on environment and healthy living and a presentation by Professor Marc Berman. His study, conducted by a team of researchers from the United States, Canada, and Australia, researched the implications of an increase of urban trees in Toronto and residents feeling healthier.

The event will feature the opening of PhotoSynthesis 2, a Tree Fest Ottawa photography exhibit. Be one of the first to tour the exhibit.

The event is brought to you in partnership with Tree Fest Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health.