Your responses to the online questionnaire

Building a liveable ottawa 2031: focus on rural issues online survey

One hundred and fifty one (151) rural residents answered the online survey. All of the questions were mandatory for each respondent. The results of the survey are summarized and represented graphically below. For ease of reference, the questions have been grouped into the following topics:

  • Demographic Information
  • General Questions
  • Residential Development Strategy
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation

Demographic information

Pie chart illustrating responses to the question: What is your current age?

Pie chart illustrating responses to the question: Gender.

Pie chart illustrating responses to the question: How do you travel around the City most of the time?

Respondents were asked to indicate their postal code. This information indicates what part of the rural area the responses originated.

 Village or respondent area Responses
Ashton 8
Burritts Rapids 1
Carlsbad Springs 2
Carp 4
Cumberland 7
Dunrobin 7
Edwards 1
Fallowfield 6
Fitzroy Harbour 2
Galetta 1
Gloucester - Rural 1
Greely 9
Kanata - Rural 12
Kars 2
Kemptville ** 1
Kinburn 2
Manotick 27
Metcalfe 6
Munster 2
Navan 5
North Gower 8
Osgoode 5
Richmond 6
Sarsfield 2
Smiths Falls ** 1
Vars 2
Vernon 1
Woodlawn / Constance Bay 5
Urban
Kanata 3
Nepean 2
Ottawa 5
Gloucster 1
Other
Doesn't exist 2
K0A general rural 1
Not Ottawa 1
TOTAL RESPONSES 151

** these towns are not in Ottawa, however, some residents living on the Ottawa side of the border have Kemptville or Smiths Falls addresses.

General questions

  • What is your favourite part of the rural area and why?
  • What is the most important factor, besides cost, that influenced where to live in the rural area?

For these two questions, the most common themes in the responses were:

Most popular, with 132 separate mentions:

    • Nature, beauty of landscapes, open space, rivers, and waterfront.

Second most popular, with 63 mentions:

    • Peace, quiet, and tranquility.

Themes with between 20 and 50 mentions:

    • Villages.
    • Sense of community, neighbours, and knowing everyone.
    • Privacy, lot size, low density, or ability to construct a custom home.
    • Relaxation, no congestion, not busy.
    • Rural lifestyle, country feel.
    • Recreational opportunities.
    • Heritage, character, uniqueness of a particular area, or having grown up there.
    • Agriculture.

Themes with fewer than 20 mentions:

    • Living close to employment.
    • Proximity to the urban area.
    • Shops and services, village economic viability.
    • Clean, healthy, fresh air.
    • Schools, safety, a good place to raise a family.
    • Transportation and transit.

Residential development strategy

Respondents were asked to rank their level of support for specific policy directions on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is "support" and 5 is "oppose".

Bar chart illustrating responses to the question: Do you support or oppose limiting rural growth to the boundaries of existing villages?

Bar chart illustrating responses to the question: Do you support or oppose the elimination of the creation of any new rural estate lot (or country lot) subdivisions?

Infrastructure

Respondents were asked to rank their level of support for a specific policy direction on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is "support" and 5 is "oppose".

Bar chart illustrating responses to the question: Do you support extending City water and wastewater services to those villages that currently don’t have them?

Residents were asked, "what infrastructure projects (e.g., roads, transit, pipe services or recreation facilities) should the City undertake to make Ottawa a more 'liveable city'?" Respondents were able to list any number or type of project in their answers.

In their responses, residents listed improvements to and maintenance of existing rural roads as their top priority, with 56 individual mentions. Other priorities, with between 15 and 30 mentions, include water and sewer system upgrades, particularly to avoid sewer overflow into rivers; transit improvements; community centres, recreation complexes, and libraries; and cycling and pedestrian infrastructure such as paved shoulders, pathways, and sidewalks.

Fewer than 10 respondents listed each of the following as priorities: increased recreational opportunities in natural areas, extension of light rail transit service, improved garbage collection service, environmental protection, not expanding the boundaries of villages or the urban area, and other City services.

Transportation

Respondents were asked to rank their level of support for a specific policy direction on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is "support" and 5 is "oppose".

Bar chart illustrating responses to the question: Do you support or oppose delaying transportation projects to minimize the need to raise new revenues?

Bar chart illustrating responses to the question: Would you be able to slightly change your travel time to and from work to avoid or reduce the City’s need to build new roads or expand existing ones?
Column chart illustrating responses to the question: In your opinion, where should funds for transportation projects be spent in the next five years?

Pie chart illustrating answers in the ‘Other’ category to the question: In your opinion, where should funds for transportation projects be spent in the next five years?

Residents were asked to select their top priorities for transportation. Respondents were able to select up to three options from a list, or add their own priorities in the 'other' category.

Column chart illustrating responses to the question: What are your top three priorities for transportation?

Pie chart illustrating answers in the ‘Other’ category to the question: What are your top three priorities for transportation?