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Rural residents

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The City of Ottawa’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services branch offers a wide range of recreation programs and services to keep residents active and engaged in their communities.

Sign-up to the Rural Connections newsletter and stay informed about City services, public consultations, funding opportunities and other topics affecting rural Ottawa.

Buildings and roads

The Ontario Building Code(link is external) requires that property owners obtain a building permit prior to commencing construction (including renovations) or demolishing all or part of an existing building.

Agriculture, business and tourism

Livestock and animals

Dogs in rural areas often take on a working role including predator control, livestock guardians and the home security system. Cats can be found in the barn keeping the rodent population under control.

Traditional livestock such as dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats and poultry are mixed with more unique farm animals like llamas, alpacas, emus, deer, elk, rabbits and waterfowl.

Access information and resources to deal with wild animals near your home or on your property.