Trees in Trust Program

Many of us have lost our beautiful Ash trees in the past few years.  To help replace these trees please consider contacting the City and requesting a new tree for your front lawn.  Below you will find the details of the free tree replacement program. A tree will increase the value of your home and beautify your street!

Plant a tree by your home

The City’s Trees in Trust program needs your help to find suitable locations for street trees. Street trees are available by request on a first come, first served basis. If your City-owned street frontage lacks a tree and you have the time and commitment to help care for one, please contact us.

  • There will be no charge to the homeowner (supply and planting will be provided by the City).
  • The program applies only to homes with street frontage (the space between your property line and the roadway).
  • The property owner must pledge to assist with the proper tree care (watering) for the first three years of the tree’s life. Instructions will be provided.
  • Trees will be a minimum size of 50 mm diameter, or 2 to 3 meters in height.
  • Limit of one tree per single fronting household or two trees per corner lot.
  • The proposed location must meet the Trees in Trust program criteria.

Program criteria:

The following criteria will be used to assess potential planting sites:

  • Is there enough space? (other trees or obstacles must be a minimum of 7m away)
  • Are there overhead or underground utilities?
  • Does the soil quality appear to be acceptable for tree growth?
  • Are there any conflicting uses on the planting site?
  • Has the request been made by the homeowner? (i.e. the person who pays taxes on the property)
  • Is there an obvious conflict with traffic safety requirements or City maintenance (i.e. sightlines or snow removal operations)

Request a tree (link is external)

Requests will be received on an ongoing basis and placed in the next available planting season (spring or fall). Should you require additional information, please contact 3-1-1 or


Urban Camping comes to Ottawa for Canada Day 2017

This Canada Day, visitors from across Canada and around the world will arrive in the Nation’s Capital to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. In order to create extra accommodation space to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the Canada Day festivities, Ottawa is offering a unique short-term Urban Camping experience in select City parking lots and green spaces for tents and RVs as a family-friendly option for accommodations.

Visitors can book a spot to park a camper or pitch a tent from June 29 to July 4. There are many locations to choose from across Ottawa, where campers will have access to washrooms, showers and other site amenities. Early bird registration for Urban Camping will begin on Monday, January 16, 2017 at 9 a.m. A limited number of Voyageur (five-night) packages will be available for sale on at a reduced rate. Regular registration for both Voyageur (five-night) and Portage (three-night) packages will begin on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

This initiative is being offered in collaboration with Ottawa 2017. Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital: visit and follow @2017ottawa on Twitter (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).  You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Phoney sales pitches prompt City warning

February 7, 2017 The City of Ottawa is warning residents to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about the quality of City drinking water.

The City has received complaints from residents who have been contacted by vendors selling water-filtration or treatment systems and providing incorrect information about water quality. The City reminds residents that Ottawa’s drinking water undergoes rigorous, ongoing testing to ensure it is completely safe and of the highest quality.

Residents are reminded that:

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services.
  • Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff are scheduled in advance.
  • Residents are provided with advance notice of projects that may impact them.
  • All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards.

Residents who are directly contacted by individuals claiming to be City employees for City business are advised to check identification and, if concerns remain, contact the City prior to allowing access. The City asks that residents report any suspicious, unsolicited calls or visits to the Ottawa Police Service.

The drinking water delivered to City residents exceeds all federal and provincial health-based water-quality guidelines and standards. Ottawa’s drinking water has already been rated by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as being among the safest in the world. The results of the City’s extensive drinking water quality analysis program are posted on

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Registration for the Planning Primer II: Development Review and Implementation

February 18 and 21, 2017 (Offered in English)

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Colonel By Boardroom, Second Floor    
8:30 a.m. to noon

February 27, 2017 (Offered in French)

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Colonel By Boardroom, Second Floor    
8:30 a.m. to noon

You can register for the course online until February 17, 2017. Seating is limited to 40 residents per session.

The Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department offers the Planning Primer Program to help residents become more aware of, and more involved in, the land-use planning process.  The program is a series of half-day courses.  Please see our schedule for other Primer courses.The content of these Primer courses is the same as those offered in previous years.

Coach Houses in Ottawa – update


As many of you know, the Coach House project was approved by Council on October 26, 2016. The City has just updated its website to provide residents with some implementation information regarding Coach Houses. Please copy and paste the below link into your browser and click on “adding a coach house”:

This new page contains a document titled “How to Plan Your Coach House in Ottawa.” This document provides a high level overview of many of the considerations for planning coach houses.

Please also note that the City has not yet updated the online consolidated Official Plan and Zoning By-law to include the Coach House provisions. This piece is coming and may take some additional time. In the mean time, the approved by-laws are attached. Inquiries are to be sent to:

Emily Davies, MES-Plan, MCIP RPP

Planner II

Policy Development and Urban Design Branch

City of Ottawa | Ville d’Ottawa

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Mayor to host annual Christmas celebration at City Hall

 Mayor Jim Watson will host the Mayor’s 16th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 3 at Ottawa City Hall in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

Date: Saturday, December 3

Time:  2 to 6 p.m.

Location: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Admission: a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank

Families are invited to join the fun at this eagerly anticipated event, celebrating Christmas in a wonderful winter setting. Fun-filled outdoor activities will include ice skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza with plenty of hot chocolate, BeaverTails, roasting marshmallows and maple taffy.

Indoors, City Hall will be transformed into a wonderland. Children will be excited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and make a craft in Santa’s Workshop. Live performances will be part of the fun as families enjoy chocolate treats from Lindt and fresh fruit from Farm Boy.

The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration is made possible by the generosity of the many corporate sponsors. In the spirit of giving and to help those in need, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.