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City of Ottawa

Service animal registration

You may know that the City of Ottawa requires that cat and dog owners register their pets, but did you also know that service animals are required to be registered as well? Registration ensures the City has the necessary information to help reunite you with your pet if it becomes lost.

Registrations can be done online at My ServiceOttawa, or in person at one of the City’s Client Service Centres. Fees vary for different pets, but service animal registration is provided free of charge. New in 2020: Get a FREE $25 Ren’s Pets Coupon with each pet registration. More information is available on

AccessAbility Day 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Event Details

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 precautions, AccessAbility Day, which was to be held on May 28, is cancelled. We will be celebrating in alternate ways this year and look forward to celebrating with you in-person when it is safe to do so.

Municipal Accessibility Plan Consultations

In keeping with the provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the City consulted with people with disabilities on the development of the 2020 - 2024 City of Ottawa Municipal Accessibility Plan (COMAP) in the Spring of 2019. People with disabilities, agencies that support people with disabilities, their caregivers, friends, family members and the general public were invited to share information about the barriers faced by people with disabilities and suggestions about how to reduce those barriers with respect to the use and benefit of City services, programs, goods, facilities and information. This included several in-person consultations at locations throughout the City, an online survey, and a community toolkit to host a consultation without City staff present. The consultation process and online survey is now closed.

The Public Engagement Feedback Report is available for viewing on Engage Ottawa.

Accessibility Award

What is the Accessibility Award?

This award is sponsored by the City of Ottawa, in partnership with the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The award was originally created to recognize an architectural or interior design that increased accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Event organizers have since broadened the category to include accessible projects and/or individual efforts that enhance accessibility, independence and inclusion for people with disabilities. This award now seeks to recognize accessible buildings, interior or outdoor spaces, as well as technology or services.

Who is Eligible for the Award?

A person, team and/or organization in the architecture, interior design, real property, technology or service field that has made a significant, innovative contribution to accessibility. The following individuals or groups will be considered eligible:

  • An individual, team, company or organization living and/or working in Ottawa or involved in an initiative that directly benefits the citizens of Ottawa
  • Those who have completed the project or delivered a service within the past three years
  • Those who have designed and implemented a project for a building, interior or outdoor space, technology, product or provided services in ways that eliminate barriers and enhance access for people with disabilities.

Information about the nomination process and how to apply for nomination will be posted when available.

How is the Award Winner selected?

The Selection Committee is comprised of individuals from the Celebration of People Steering Committee and may include other invited individuals. The Selection Committee chooses the finalists for each award from amongst the nominations received by considering the following:

  • The degree to which the nominated project or achievement exceeds building code requirements, AODA standards, or web content and technology guidelines
  • Creativity and innovation
  • The impact of the project and/or achievement
  • Adherence to principles of accessibility and/or Universal Design

Accessibility Award Winners

The organization who championed the Celebration of People event no longer hold an award dinner. The City of Ottawa would like to honour those who have received this very important award. Stay tuned for changes and updates on this event.



A construction company that provides accessible design, renovation and consultation to ensure custom structure modifications are built to clients’ individual needs. It also works alongside healthcare professionals to support funding of motor vehicle accident claims and partners with a variety of agencies to offer accessibility education and support.


Kim Kilpatrick

Kim is a strong advocate for accessible services, technologies, and built environments for blind/visually impaired individuals in Ottawa. She has made contributions to numerous groups and associations, testing tools and technologies and speaking at conferences across Ontario.


OC Transpo

OC Transpo introduced an innovative, customer-focused procurement process that allowed customers to be directly involved in shaping the design specifications of a new Para Transpo mini-bus fleet.


Travis Iverson

Travis developed a new line of clothing for people with varying mobility requirements. The clothing line focuses on both fashion and functionality. It incorporates adaptive features and uses specialized materials to prevent discomfort.


Yih Lerh, Saint-Vincent Hospital, Bruyere Continuing Care

Yih volunteered alongside a team of professionals at Saint-Vincent Hospital. Together, they adapted conventional technology to assist patients with disabilities to better communicate and maintain their independence.


SkiAbility Ottawa

This program helps persons of any type or level of disability enjoy waterskiing and wakeboarding. It uses different kinds of adaptive equipment and techniques to provide all individuals with a safe, successful and fun watersport experience.


Karen Coffey

Karen co-authored the Integrated Accessibility Standards Tool Kit for Ontario Colleges. The kit was designed to help colleges in Ontario meet the requirements of the Integrated Accessibility Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


Jim Middaugh, AXS Inc.

Jim designed an accessible residential dwelling for the Christian Horizons Therapeutic Respite Centre for Children and Youth. This house was innovatively designed to meet the accessibility needs of the 9 young people who reside there, and includes a sensory room, a ball pit, and an exercise room.


André Marcoux, Project Manager, Cleland Jardine Engineering
Vladimir Popovic, Architect, Popovic Routhier Architects Inc.

André Marcoux and Vladimir Popovic transformed a small 50 year old house into a fully accessible 2300 square foot home for six full time residents with developmental disabilities and high physical needs. Through strategic planning and careful consideration of the principles of Universal Design, André and Vladimir addressed the special needs unique to each resident and created a beautiful, fully functional environment to call home.


Delcan Corporation - Sylvain Montminy, Ronald Fournier and Ken Smith

Delcan Corporation was the lead consultant for the planning, design and construction of the Corktown Footbridge, winner of several design awards. Linking Centretown and Sandy Hill across the Rideau Canal, the footbridge meets the highest standards of accessibility, and includes barrier-free integration with the recreational pathways and an innovative switchback ramp. The bridge has made the Rideau Canal even more accessible to all.


Watson MacEwen Architects - Allan Teramura, Matt Siemers, Mike Sirois, Louise Meagher, Catherine Laforce

Watson MacEwen Architects and the Supreme Court of Canada collaborated to bring a new level of barrier-free accessibility to the highest court in the land. The Courtroom Modernization Project included a redesign of the lectern where counsel present to the Justices, so it can be adjusted by hydraulic lift to accommodate the needs of counsel with a disability.


Barry J. Hobin & Associates Architects

The award recognized the firm’s architectural innovation for the renovation of the Glebe Community Centre. The project preserved the unique character of the building while creating an inclusive feel to the space from the front entrance to the top floor. The design provides a single, universally accessible main entrance and with the aid of an elevator, the rationalization of floor levels, and one ramped corridor, access is now provided to all levels of the building while preserving its heritage character,”


EMA Architects Inc. - Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews of EMA Architects Inc. was presented with the award for architectural excellence and innovation in the design of the international ice surface and field house at the Bell Sensplex, Ottawa's first barrier-free multi-sport facility.