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Add your voice, help move the City forward

Add your voice, help move the City forward

Make a difference in your community by becoming a community member.  The City can greatly benefit from your expertise and professionalism.  Get involved and play an active role. You can make a difference.

The City of Ottawa is currently recruiting for:

  1. Ottawa Board of Health (5 members)
  2. Ottawa Police Services Board (1 member)
  3. Ottawa Public Library Board (5 members)
  4. Committee of Adjustment (15 members)
  5. Transit Commission (*4 members)
  6. Built Heritage Sub-Committee (*3 members)
  7. Property Standards and License Appeals Committee  (5 members)
  8. Shaw Centre – Board of Directors (*2 members)
  9. Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (*5 members)
  10. South Nation Conservation (*2 members)
  11. Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (*3 members)
  12. Mohr’s Landing / Quyon Port Authority (1 member)
  13. Accessibility Advisory Committee (*9 – 15 members)
  14. Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee (*9 – 11 members)
  15. Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (*9 – 11 members)
  16. French Language Services Advisory Committee (*7 – 11 members)
  17. Planning Advisory Committee (*12 members)

* Subject to the Term of Council Governance review and/or Nominating Committee process.

The City can benefit greatly from your expertise, enthusiasm and your willingness to serve.  Get involved and play an active role!

Who is eligible?

You must be a resident of the City of Ottawa and 18 years of age or older in order to be eligible for appointment.  Membership will, as much as possible, reflect Ottawa’s diversity and demographics in such areas as gender, official language, geographic representation, race and disability.  Participants may be eligible for re-imbursement of some out-of-pocket expenses.

Note: Employees of the City of Ottawa are not eligible for positions as citizen members on advisory committees, boards or commissions.

For more information: Contact Carole Legault at 613-580-2424, ext. 28934, (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by email at committees@ottawa.ca.

An Open House/Information Session will be held on
Thursday, November 29, 2018
6 pm to 8 pm
Ben Franklin Place, Main Lobby
101 Centrepointe Drive (Ottawa)

How to apply

All applicants are encouraged to review the recruitment information and apply using this online form.  Alternate application formats are available upon request.  All applications must be submitted by Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

Ottawa Board of Health

Do you want to shape the future of public health in Ottawa?
The City is recruiting public members to sit on the Ottawa Board of Health

The City has begun recruitment for five citizen members to fill positions on the Ottawa Board of Health. The deadline for applications is Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

What is the Board of Health?

The Ottawa Board of Health, established in April 2011, is responsible for determining public health policies for the City of Ottawa and to advise Ottawa City Council on issues in its jurisdiction that involve public health considerations.

The Board consists of 11 members; six Members of City Council and five citizen members.  The Board is responsible for the fiscal and administrative oversight of Ottawa Public Health (OPH) programs and services and for ensuring these are delivered in the public interest. OPH programs and services fall under four broad areas; health protection, health promotion, injury and disease prevention, and population health assessment. The Board also ensures a continued ability to anticipate and respond to emerging public health needs in the community.

Who should apply?

You must be a resident of the City of Ottawa and 18 years of age or older. You must not be an employee of the City or its agencies, boards, commissions and corporations.        

If you have a passion for public health and a commitment to ensuring OPH responds to the needs of our community, this is your opportunity to contribute to public health in Ottawa. If you have been involved in public or community services, have strong leadership skills, and the ability to foster effective relationships, we want to hear from you!

In addition to a background or interest in public health, other skills and qualifications that would be assets to the Board include: knowledge, proficiency or experience in policy oversight; governance; finance and administration, including risk management; conflict management and negotiation; communications and public relations. Bilingualism in Canada’s two official languages is also considered an asset.

The City of Ottawa aims to ensure that the most qualified candidates serve on the Ottawa Board of Health. This appointment process also aims to include representation from the two official language communities and reflect the diversity and demographics of Ottawa.

Additional information is available on the Board of Health page on ottawa.ca/health.

Ottawa Police Services Board

CITY COUNCIL SEEKS CITIZEN APPOINTMENT
TO THE OTTAWA POLICE SERVICES BOARD

The City of Ottawa is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as a Citizen Appointee to the Ottawa Police Services Board, for a four-year term coinciding with the term of City Council. 

What does the Board do?

The Ottawa Police Services Board is a provincially legislated body accountable to the Province.  It is responsible for providing governance and oversight to the Ottawa Police Service and for ensuring the provision of adequate and effective police services in the City of Ottawa. 

What level of commitment is required?

The position requires a significant time commitment, an average of 25 hours a month, which includes time for reviewing agendas and other materials. While the time commitment required will vary for each Board member depending on individual level of participation, the committees they serve on, and how busy those committees are, there are between 3 and 7 meetings/events per month (5 on average), some of which are optional.  Monthly Board meetings are held at 4 pm; in addition the Board has four sub-committees that meet during the day.  Board members are expected to serve on at least one committee, attend monthly Board meetings, committee meetings and certain police functions, and are strongly encouraged to participate in ongoing training.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant of land in the City of Ottawa, or the spouse of such a person
  • Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age
  • not a member of the Legislative Assembly, the Senate or House of Commons, nor an elected official of municipal council
  • not an employee of a municipality, a judge, a justice of the peace nor a police officer
  • not otherwise disqualified from holding office or voting
  • not a person who practices criminal law as a defence counsel
  • must be willing to provide authorization for a background check.

What qualifications are required?

A detailed Member Job Description is available that includes a Statement of Qualifications.  See below for information on how to obtain a copy.

What skills or experience would be beneficial to the Ottawa Police Services Board?

Relevant skills include leadership skills, knowledge and experience in the area of board governance, interest or skills in policy and planning, experience in financial management, budget development, risk management/audit, legal matters, labour relations and human resources, skills in conflict management, negotiation and mediation, and voluntary or non-profit sector experience through membership on boards and committees or professional associations.

Additional information is available on the following website: ottawapoliceboard.ca/opsb-cspo/

Ottawa Public Library Board

LIBRARY TRUSTEES NEEDED!
HELP US PROMOTE THE VALUE OF OTTAWA’S PUBLIC LIBRARY

Ottawa City Council is looking to fill between five (5) citizen positions to serve on the Ottawa Public Library Board for a two or four year term.

Who is eligible?

  • To serve on the Board, you must be a resident of the City of Ottawa, a Canadian citizen, and at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Board members reflect, as much as possible, Ottawa’s cultural and demographic diversity and have a demonstrated history of community or public service, an interest in public libraries, skills or leadership abilities, and/or specific knowledge or experience that may be an asset to the Board.

Note: Employees of the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Public Library are not eligible for positions as citizen members on the Ottawa Public Library Board.

What is the level of commitment required?

  • Board members must attend at least one meeting each month and invest the time required to stay informed and be prepared for Board meetings.
  • Members should also be willing to serve on ad hoc committees established by the Board.
  • Represent the organization or participate in community events and outreach.
  • Members have the opportunity to sit on provincial and federal library associations or boards, such as: Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL), Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS), etc.

Additional information is available on the following website: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/opl_board

Committee of Adjustment

HAVE A SAY IN THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR COMMUNITY…
… BECOME A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT!

The City of Ottawa is looking for 15 members to sit on its Committee of Adjustment.

Committee Members consider applications for minor variances to the City’s zoning by-laws and applications for consent to subdivide (sever) property. The Committee is an independent and autonomous body that performs its duties at “arm’s length” from the City administration and operates under the authority of the Province’s Planning Act.

The Committee is divided into three geographic panels – urban, suburban and rural.

Who is eligible?

  • To serve on the Committee of Adjustment, you must be a resident of the City of Ottawa and must be 18 years of age or older.  Employees of the City of Ottawa are not eligible.
  • Committee Members will be selected based on experience with previous Committees of Adjustment as well as their knowledge of the general area and familiarity with basic land-use planning and urban design principles, official plans, zoning by-laws, etc.

What qualifications, knowledge and experience are relevant?

  • Relevant knowledge including planning, municipal and development law, architecture, community development, urban design principles, official plans, zoning by-laws
  • Previous experience with Committees of Adjustment, decision-making, communication and mediation
  • Knowledge of the City’s building, planning and development processes
  • Current or past community involvement with other committees, non-profit groups, voluntary societies and occupational associations
  • Professional designations/memberships may be considered an asset

What is the level of commitment required?

  • Committee Panels meet on Wednesdays 22 times per year with two of the panels meeting during the daytime and one in the evening. This involves a four to five hour commitment.
  • Members are required to access and review materials online in advance of Committee meetings.
  • Terms of Committee Members are concurrent with that of City Council.

Additional information is available on the following website:https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/planning-and-development/committee-adjustment

Transit Commission

What is our mandate?

The Transit Commission is responsible for ensuring the development of a safe, efficient, accessible and client-focused transit system and for providing overall guidance and direction to the Transit Services Department on all issues relating to the operation of public transit, including the O-train and Para Transpo.

When do we meet?

The Transit Commission generally meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

Built Heritage Sub-Committee

What is our mandate?

The mandate of the Built Heritage Sub-Committee (“BHSC”) is to advise and assist Council on matters relating to Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act, and such other heritage matters as Council may specify by by-law or as specified in the City’s Official Plan.  

When do we meet?

BHSC currently meets on the second Thursday of each month, beginning at 9:30 am at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. 

Property Standards and License Appeals Committee

What is the mandate?

The Property Standards and License Appeals Committee (PSLAC) conducts appeal hearings relating to license suspensions, revocations and refusals brought forward by the Chief License Inspector, and conducts hearings for the purposes of considering appeals by property owners or occupants served with an Order under the Building Code Act who are not satisfied with the terms and conditions of the order.

The PSLAC is a quasi-judicial body of citizen members with delegated decision-making powers and responsibilities as set out in the Ontario Municipal Act and the Building Code Act, and in accordance with applicable rules of procedure, current by-laws, and the Statutory Powers and Procedures Act, administrative law, and City policies. PSLAC members will be required to undertake training within six months of being appointed. 

Appeals heard by PSLAC can involve a broad range of issues legislated by the:

Areas of expertise sought on the Committee include land-use planning, Building Code, law, mediation, conflict resolution, licensing and regulation.

When does PSLAC meet?

The Property Standards and License Appeals Committee meetings are called as required, with an average of 1 to 3 meetings per month. Meetings are held during business hours, Monday to Friday.  Meetings usually entail one half-day meeting at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive (Ottawa), although meetings may be held in other locations when necessary. A nominal honourarium is provided to committee members. 

 Requirements

  • Experience, education or expertise relevant to the mandate of the Committee
  • Minimum of two positions will be bilingual members
  • Available weekdays to attend hearings

Shaw Centre Board of Directors

Shaw Centre (formerly Ottawa Convention Centre) is a Crown Agency of the Government of Ontario governed by the Ottawa Convention Centre Corporation Act.  Shaw Centre is operated by a twelve member Board of Directors with nine provincial and three municipal appointees.  Shaw Centre opened as the Ottawa Congress Centre in 1983, was demolished in 2008 and re-opened in 2011.  Its legislated mandate is to “operate, maintain and manage an international-class convention centre in a manner that will promote and develop tourism and industry in Ontario”. 

Shaw Centre is an operational enterprise agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  Shaw Centre is committed to providing excellent, high calibre bilingual customer service, and to ensuring that services are timely, responsive, accessible and accountable.

Shaw Centre’s Board of Directors meets quarterly beginning in February.  Meetings take place the last Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm with some exceptions. 

Shaw Centre’s Vision

Inspired people creating extraordinary events

Shaw Centre’s Economic Mandate

Shaw Centre operates profitably, and in cooperation with our industry partners generates positive economic impact for the National Capital Region, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.

Additional information is available on the following website: http://www.shaw-centre.com/about-us/board-of-directors/

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

What is our mandate?

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is an environmental protection and advisory agency that works with local municipalities, government agencies, special interest groups and the general public. The RVCA strives to protect watershed resources. Our goal is to have clean water, natural shorelines and sustainable land use throughout the Rideau Valley watershed.

When do we meet?

The RVCA generally meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (with some exceptions), at 6:30 pm at the Rideau Valley Conservation Centre, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive (Manotick, Ontario).

Additional information is available on the following website: www.rvca.ca

South Nation Conservation

What is our mandate?

The South Nation Conservation (SNC) jurisdiction encompasses 4,384 square kilometres of eastern Ontario drained by the South Nation River system. It includes naturalized properties, agricultural land and suburban and urban developments. The river flows from tiny headwater streams near Brockville on the watershed's southern boundary. As the South Nation meanders northeast, it gathers water from as far away as Maxville to the east, and the City of Ottawa to the west. By the time the South Nation joins the Ottawa River near Plantagenet, it is a mature, navigable waterway.

South Nation Conservation works closely with its partner municipalities, government, individual landowners and various community groups to maintain and improve the natural resources within the South Nation jurisdiction as well as to ensure that there are healthy accessible forests and recreational areas, abundant fish and wildlife, natural shorelines and enough clean water now and for the future.

The Board of Directors provides direction to SNC programs and services.

When do we meet?

The SNC generally meets on the third Thursday of each month (with some exceptions), at 9 am at the SNC Administration Building (38 Victoria Street, Finch ON).

Additional information is available on the following website: www.nation.on.ca.

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority

What is our mandate?

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is a local, watershed management agency delivering services and programs to help protect and manage water and other natural resources in the Mississippi River watershed. A watershed is the area of land that drains into a common water body. Using an integrated watershed management approach, the conservation authority works with stakeholders in the watershed to balance the needs of the community with the needs of the natural environment.

MVCA owns and operates three conservation areas in the watershed, the Mill of Kintail, Morris Island and Purdon.  Conservation areas are recreational and educational public use areas with environmentally significant features.

When do we meet?

The MVCA generally meets on the third Wednesday of each month (with some exceptions), at 1:00 pm at the MVCA offices in Carleton Place, Ontario.

Additional information is available on the following website:  www.mvc.on.ca.

Mohr’s Landing / Quyon Port Authority

What is our mandate?

It is the Mohr’s Landing / Quyon Port Authority's (MLQPA) mandate to maintain the ferry docks in good operating condition in perpetuity in order to keep this important transportation corridor going.

When do we meet?

The MLQPA generally meets six times a year at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road (Ottawa, Ontario), or the Lion's Club Hall, 2 Onslow Quyon (Quyon, Quebec).

Accessibility Advisory Committee

What is our mandate?

The mandate of the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) is to fulfill the duties of a Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee as outlined in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and to provide advice to Council on programs, policies and services provided to persons with disabilities and seniors.  Some of the duties include:

  1. advise the council about the requirements and implementation of accessibility standards and the preparation of accessibility reports and such other matters for which the council may seek its advice under subsection (5);
  2. review in a timely manner the site plans and drawings described in section 41 of the Planning Act that the committee selects; and
  3. perform all other functions that are specified in the regulations.

When do we meet?

AAC meets quarterly, beginning at 6:30 pm at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee

What is our mandate?

The mandate of the Arts, Culture, Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee (ACHRAC) is to advise Ottawa City Council on policy, programs and service delivery in the area of arts, recreation and culture. 

When do we meet?

ACHRAC meets quarterly, beginning at 6:30 pm at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee

What is our mandate?

The mandate of the Environmental Stewardship Advisory (ESAC) Committee is to provide advice to Ottawa City Council on issues pertaining to policy, programs and service delivery in the area of environmental services, green buildings, fleet, forests, greenspaces, parks, cycling and pedestrian issues.

When do we meet?

ESAC meets quarterly, beginning at 6:30 pm at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

French Language Services Advisory Committee

What is our mandate?

The mandate of the French Language Services Advisory Committee (FLSAC) is to advise Ottawa City Council on issues that impact the implementation of the Bilingualism Policy and its application to the City's services, programs, policies and initiatives.

When do we meet?

FLSAC meets quarterly, beginning at 6:30 pm at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

Planning Advisory Committee

Note: Ottawa City Council appointed the current Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) membership on March 28, 2018 by approving the report ACS2018-CCS-GEN-0007. This report stated that staff would be recommending to the 2018-2022 Council that the current membership be renewed for a further full term.

Accordingly, recruitment for PAC is aimed at candidates who may wish to be appointed if there is a need for additional members, or as reserve members in the event that there are vacancies during the 2018-2022 Term of Council.

What is our mandate?

The mandate of the PAC is to advise Ottawa City Council on planning matters, specifically with respect to the annual work plan of the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development department (PIED).

When do we meet?

The PAC shall meet twice per year: once to review the PIED annual work plan for comment, and once to review the progress against the annual work plan. Meetings are called as needed and begin at 6:30 pm at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.