Recreation and cultural program registrations open March 7!

City of Ottawa recreation registration opening soon!

The City of Ottawa is launching registrations for all of its spring and summer recreation programs next week:

Aquatics - Monday, March 7 @ 9pm
All other programs - Wednesday, March 9 @ 9pm

Test out the new registration system early!

Recreation registration page

Since the last registration period in the fall, the City has upgraded its system. To avoid issues signing up next week, perform this simple test:

  1. Visit the City's recreation site.
  2. Click on the green "Register" button.

If the registration page appears, you are all set to be able to register for programs. However, if it doesn't appear, you're encouraged to try on a different device or use a different internet service provider. You can also register by phone by calling 613-580-2588 when registration opens. 

Expect delays during the busy times

Registering for programs when the period first opens always means that phone lines may be busy and the registration site load times may be slow or fail due to the increased traffic. We appreciate your patience as we work to complete registrations for everyone interested. 

Have your information ready to register

Don't forget that you'll need a client barcode, as well as family PIN numbers in order to register for any City of Ottawa programs. If you don't yet have one, you can create a client account here.

Rural Association Partnership Program – Apply now for funding

If you are an Ottawa organization operating rural fairs, rural farmers’ markets or a rural business organization such as a Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7,500 through the City of Ottawa’s Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP).

The first round of RAPP funding is now available with applications being accepted until Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4 pm.

The objectives of the RAPP are:

  • To provide project based funding that supports the main priorities for rural organizations.
  • To contribute to the City’s rural economic health by supporting projects that will assist Ottawa’s rural business organizations, fairs and farmers markets achieve sustainability and capitalize on the proximity to Ottawa’s large urban market.
  • To assist in promoting Ottawa’s rural identity to both residents and tourists.
  • To provide economic benefits to small and medium sized enterprises in Ottawa’s rural communities.
  • Assist rural communities to overcome the business development challenges associated with smaller local population base.
  • To increase the capacity for rural communities to provide a quality visitor experience.

More information, including guidelines and an application form, can be found on the Rural Association Partnership Program webpage at http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/social-services/rural-connections/rural-association-partnership-program.

Prospective RAPP applicants are encouraged to contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 28352 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application.

SnowGo, SnowGo Assist and Snow Angel nominations!

The Snow Go program helps seniors and people with disabilities find a reputable and reliable individual or contractor to clear snow from their private driveway and walkway.  The City of Ottawa partners with the Senior Citizens Council and local home support agencies to deliver this winter program.

Eligible low income seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply for the Snow Go Assist Program and receive financial assistance for snow clearing.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 per cent of the cost of snow clearing, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.  Low income is defined as an annual income of below $25,000 for a single individual and below $32,000 for a household (two or more persons).  An Older Adult is considered any person over the age of 60 years.

NEW: Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition? A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway.

If you know of a resident of Ottawa who is a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!  Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo. To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, please send the City the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how), by contacting communitypride@ottawa.ca or calling 613-580-2424 x13363.

For more information about these programs, please visit ottawa.ca/snowgo or call 3-1-1 (613-580-2400).

Rideau-Goulbourn: winter recreation

If you're looking for some recreational fun in the City of Ottawa this winter, there is an abundance of free/low-cost options for the residents of Rideau-Goulbourn to enjoy both indoors and out!

Community Outdoor Rinks

Outdoor rinks are typically open sometime in December until February 28, 2014. Some sites may extend their season, but this decision may be different from one community to another as it's voluntary. You can find out more about outdoor rink locations and hours of operation by going to the City of Ottawa's outdoor rinks page.

You can check on rink conditions on the Ottawa Rinks site. This site is volunteer built, run and maintained. Users are able to update information on the site about rink conditions in their area.

Public Skating at City Arenas

Fees for public skating sessions range from free access for children 0 - 2 years to $2.50 per individuals 5 years and older or $6.75 per family (maximum 2 adults and their dependants); fees for specialized skating sessions such as shinny/pick-up hockey are $2.50 per child/youth/student or $5.75 for adults/seniors. Public Skating memberships are also available and/or included in the City’s All Inclusive Membership option.

Search for times on Ottawa.ca's public skating page.

Sledding Hills/Tobogganing

There are 56 desginated sledding hills in the City of Ottawa. They are inspected by Staff regularly and information about, location, description, and whether hills are open or closed is posted to the City's Sledding hills page.

Cross-country skiing

The Terry Fox Athletic Facility/Mooney's Bay Ski Centre (2960 Riverside Drive 613-247-4883) features a 5 kilometre loop of trackset and lit trails for classic and skate skiing and offers a ski instruction program. Weather permitting, facility is open from January to early March. The fee to access the trails is $2.65 per day or $33 per season.

The City, through purchase of service arrangements, also supports the grooming of cross country ski trails at Fitzroy Provincial Park, 5201 Canon Smith Drive (West Carleton Nordic Ski Club) and Sheila McKee Park (formerly Riverfront Park), 1730 Sixth Line Road (Kanata Nordic Ski Club). For more information on these trails and access fees, please visit www.wcnordic.com and www.kanataxcski.ca.

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If you have any questions about these or any other City of Ottawa recreational program, please contact 3-1-1 (613-580-2400) or visit the websites listed above.

Community Partnership Major Capital Program - Application Deadline March 1

The City of Ottawa Community Partnership Major Capital Program is an initiative to implement major capital improvements and additions to facilities related to parks and recreation on a cost-sharing basis between the City and community groups.

The project may relate to an asset that is owned by the City, or operated by a community partner who delivers service on behalf of the City or assists the City in the delivery of programs and services.

The funding program applies to major capital programs for new facilities, renovations and expansions. It will only apply to fixed assets. It will not fund other components such as furniture, equipment, feasibility or fundraising studies.

For more information, visit ottawa.ca/funding. Deadline: March 1, 2014.

September 1 is the deadline for the Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups.

Examples include:

  • play equipment,
  • basketball courts,
  • park furniture,
  • tree planting,
  • landscape improvements,
  • minor community facility improvements, etc.

Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible. Deadline: September 1, 2013.

If you'd like to get more information about how to obtain funding through this program, please visit the City of Ottawa's website.

Contacts:

Donna Williams
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23169

Renée Proteau
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26967

Rural Association Partnership Program – Apply now for round-two funding

If you are an Ottawa organization operating rural fairs, rural farmers’ markets or rural business organizations such as Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7,500 through the City of Ottawa’s Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP).

The second-round of RAPP funding is now available with applications being accepted until Friday, August 16 at 4 pm.

The objectives of the RAPP are:

  • To provide project based funding that supports the main priorities for rural organizations.
  • To contribute to the City’s rural economic health by supporting projects that will assist Ottawa’s rural business organizations, fairs and farmers markets achieve sustainability and capitalize on the proximity to Ottawa’s large urban market.
  • To assist in promoting Ottawa’s rural identity to both residents and tourists.
  • To provide economic benefits to small and medium sized enterprises in Ottawa’s rural communities.
  • Assist rural communities to overcome the business development challenges associated with smaller local population base.
  • To increase the capacity for rural communities to provide a quality visitor experience.

More information, including guidelines and an application form, can be found on the Rural Association Partnership Program website.

Prospective RAPP applicants are encouraged to contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 28352 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application.

Household hazardous waste depots help the environment - you can too!

What is household hazardous waste? It’s simple! If it’s corrosive, flammable, or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. Some examples of every day household products we use include oven and window cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, and pool chemicals. It is important that these products never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage, as they will contaminate water and landfills.

As a resident of the City of Ottawa, you can dispose of these products safely at the Household Hazardous Waste Depots offered one day of the month at various City of Ottawa locations. The 2013 dates and locations are listed below. For a complete listing of acceptable household hazardous waste, please visit www.ottawa.ca.

The City of Ottawa also provides five main tips to reduce household hazardous waste:

1. Use a non-hazardous alternative:

Environmentally friendly and safer alternatives are available for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care.

2. Be a wise consumer:

If you must purchase a hazardous product, but only the amount you can use up. Avoid larger quantity, bulk purchases if you don’t need a lot.

3. Read labels:

Ensure that the product you purchase does what you want it to do before you purchase it. Once purchased, follow the instructions on the label for safe use, ventilation and storage. 

4. Give leftover hazardous products to someone who can use them:

Relatives, friends, neighbors, community groups and charitable organizations may be able to use of your leftovers.

5. Avoid aerosols whenever possible:

Much of the aerosol product ends up in the air. Purchase safer alternatives.

In 2012, Statistics Canada conducted a survey of the dispose of household hazardous waste, by province. One of the most common hazardous household products focused on was leftover paint or solvents. Statistics Canada reported Ontario as one of the provinces where over 50% residents took or sent the leftover paint or solvents to a depot or drop-off centre, precisely 63%. Only 4% of residents had put them in the garbage, 5% had returned them to a supplier or retailer, and 34% still had them sitting somewhere in the house or garage. It is great to see majority of Ontarian’s properly disposing of leftover paint and solvent however; to the 34% of residents who still have paint sitting around at home, it is important to know about the expiration of paint.

Professional painters claim that depending on how it is stored, paint can on average last up to two years after being opened. Paint cannot be stored in extreme temperatures such as extremely hot, or frigid cold weather. It is best to keep paint located in a climate where a medium temperature is reached and does not fluctuate. With that being said, it is important to remember that yes, paint does expire after an average of two years if stored properly. For more statistics on household hazardous waste by province in Canada, please visit www.statcan.gc.ca.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot 2013 Dates and Locations

Sunday, June 9, 2013

BFI Canada, 3354 Navan Road

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Waste Management, 254 Westbrook Road

Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

900 Champlain (OC Transpo Park & Ride)

Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

3355 Fallowfield Road (OC Transpo Park & Ride)

Residential Electronic Waste is also accepted at this site.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

100 Constellation (Parking Lot)

Residential electronic waste is also accepted at this site.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Drain All Ltd.

2705 Stevenage Drive, between Hawthorne Road and Russell Road, south of Walkley Road.

Apply for funding from the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program

The City is now receiving applications for its Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP), which provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas.

Landowners completing projects in 2013 may be eligible for up to $15,000 in grants depending on the project they are undertaking. The application deadlines are May 1, 2013 (and September 30, 2013, if funds are available).

Some of the many eligible projects include: buffer strips, grassed waterways, livestock restrictions, land retirement, stream bank stabilization, tile outlet protection, tile drain control structures, and well decommissioning

Funding is also available to decommission wells within the city’s urban boundary.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa and landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must have a completed the third  Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects) or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). 

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa.  Top up grants are also available for projects supported by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (pending program renewal), Green Acres Rural Reforestation program and the RVCA’s Shoreline Naturalization program.  

Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571, toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132. Visit ottawa.ca/cleanwater for a full list of eligible projects and application forms.

It's that time again! Register now to celebrate 20 years of Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from April 15 until May 15.

Spring Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa beautiful.

Register early!

Early bird registration is now open for the event. Volunteers who register their cleanup project during this period, which takes place between March 15 and April 14, have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Regular registration ends May 15th.

Community Projects

Registration is quick and easy. First, select a cleanup location, such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area requiring tidying up. Projects can include litter pickup or graffiti removal. Then go to ottawa.ca to register for the cleanup. Following the event, submit an online cleanup report by May 31 to be eligible for more prizes from our sponsors.

Cleanup starter kits for litter pickup and graffiti removal projects are available to all registered volunteers upon request. Litter pickup starter kits include: disposable vinyl gloves, garbage bags as well as leaf and yard waste bags. Graffiti removal starter kits include graffiti removal wipes and gloves. All kits come with helpful project and safety information to guide your cleanup project.

Building community and volunteerism

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti and litter free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Since the program’s inception n 1994, over 856,000 volunteers have participated in 13,100 cleanup projects throughout the city. As a result, an estimated 1.48M kilograms of waste have been removed from public spaces by participating individuals, student groups, community associations, businesses, friends and families.

Register online at ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Registration is open! City of Ottawa Spring and Summer Recreation Programs

It’s time to check out the thousands of classes the City of Ottawa has to offer in the 2013 Spring-Summer Recreation eGuides. Both the Recreation eGuide and Mon cyberguide francophone des loisirs are now online at ottawa.ca.

  • Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by touchtone phone (613-580-2588) Monday, March 4 at 10 p.m. and in person at City recreation facilities Tuesday, March 5 during regular business hours.
  • Registration for all other classes including summer camps begins online and by touchtone phone Wednesday, March 6 at 10 p.m. and in person at City recreation facilities Thursday, March 7during regular business hours.

High volumes of online registrants are expected throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.

Ottawa residents are encouraged to review the list of classes and summer camps and registration procedures now to ensure they are ready to enrol in their favourite classes in a timely manner. Anyone registering will need a client barcode and a family PIN (Personal Identification Number).

City of Ottawa Rural Association Partnership Program

 

Applications are now being accepted for the City of Ottawa's 2013 Rural Association Partnership Program. Application information and updated forms are available at ottawa.ca/funding.

Deadline: April 12, 2013 at 4pm 

The Rural Association Partnership Program is a funding program with a total budget of $75,000 to support the rural economy by providing funding for rural business organizations, fairs and farmers' markets. Funding is awarded for projects with a defined beginning and end and measurable outcomes. Maximum funding per project will not normally exceed $7,500 to ensure that all rural regions have an opportunity to access the funding.

Eligibility

  1. Rural Business Organizations: Organizations, based in rural Ottawa that are recognized as being active in supporting local retail and service sector businesses, promoting commerce and representing local business needs 
  2. Farmers' Markets: Provide seasonal, multi-vendor, community-driven (not private) organizations selling agricultural, food, art and craft products including home-grown produce, home-made crafts and value-added products where the vendors are primary producers located in rural Ottawa 
  3. Fairs: Present and promote a major agricultural and/or heritage fair that celebrates a distinct aspect of the local Ottawa character.

Objectives

  • To provide project based funding that supports the main priorities for rural organizations.
  • To contribute to the City's rural economic health by supporting projects that will assist Ottawa's rural business organizations, fairs and farmers' markets achieve sustainability and capitalize on the proximity to Ottawa's large urban market. 
  • To assist in promoting Ottawa’s rural identity to both residents and tourists.
  • To provide economic benefits to small and medium sized enterprises in Ottawa’s rural communities.
  • Assist rural communities to overcome the business development challenges associated with smaller local population base.
  • To increase the capacity for rural communities to provide a quality visitor experience.

Visit ottawa.ca/funding for more information, or contact ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca

Annual agricultural burn permit

If you are applying for an Annual Agricultural Burn Permit, you must provide a copy of your Farm Business Registration Number at the time of application. If you are not the owner of the property, you must provide written authorization from the landowner giving you permission to apply for a permit for that location. This permit will allow you to burn windrows fires overnight from Monday to Friday. These types of fires are usually left to burn for days at a time due to their size (i.e. 50 metres in length, 5 metres in width and 3 metres in height) and require supervision at all times.

Find out more about open air fire permits.

Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre intervenor funding available to community groups

Community groups interested in receiving intervenor funding to provide technical expertise to assist with the peer review of the Environmental Assessment process for the Capital Region Resource Recovery Centre, are requested to submit proposals to the City of Ottawa.

A copy of the Application Form can be obtained by contacting Grace.O’Keefe@ottawa.ca or at (613) 580-2424 ext 13147.

The Ministry of the Environment has approved Terms of Reference for Taggart Miller to undertake an Environmental Assessment for the construction of a Resource Recovery Centre which includes both a waste diversion facility and a landfill. The location of a site for this centre will be determined through the Environmental Assessment process.

In order to assist community groups to participate in the peer review of the Environmental Assessment, Ottawa City Council has allocated a maximum of $50,000 in total for interested organizations to obtain technical expertise on the issue.

The completed application form is due by Friday, March 22, 2013 and must include the following:

  • Community group name
  • Group leader and contact information
  • Group mandate information
  • A list with 50 group member names, addresses and signatures indicating they support the application
  • A detailed list of technical experts (engineers, geologists, lawyers, surface water experts, etc.) and estimated costs the group plans to hire with the funds.

City accepting applications for the Better Neighbourhood Program

The program offers assistance to qualified groups for the development of resident-driven improvement projects aimed at addressing identified short-comings in the community or enhancing the community experience. The program is part needs assessment and part project implementation. Selected neighbourhoods will work with City staff to identify opportunities, and to plan and implement projects chosen by the community.
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Rural Association Partnership Program – Apply now for round-two funding

If you are an Ottawa organization operating rural fairs, rural farmers’ markets or rural business organizations such as Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7,500 through the City of Ottawa’s Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP).
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Mayor to present ideas for building a better city at Planning Summit

Residents are invited to attend the City of Ottawa Planning Summit and join in the discussion of the challenges we face in shaping the future of Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson will lead off the discussion and participate in an Open Forum with Planning Committee Chair Councillor Peter Hume.
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