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Culture in action

Rich in heritage, culture and creativity, Vanier is at a key moment in its history. Through Vanier: Culture in Action, you have a chance to help shape the future of this Ottawa neighbourhood.

Vanier: A Historic Neighbourhood Reinvents Itself

­­­Named for Canada’s first French-Canadian Governor General, Georges-Philéas Vanier, Vanier is one of Ottawa’s oldest and most vibrant neighbourhoods. Home to Ontario’s first bilingual public school, Vanier, previously known as Eastview, has historically been a francophone hub and remains an important bastion of Franco-Ontarian culture. For decades, the neighbourhood has welcomed new Canadians from across the world, and today it is home to Canada’s largest concentration of indigenous urban households. Once an industrial centre, Vanier is now home to thriving artistic and cultural communities. This diverse and culturally rich neighbourhood is poised to become an Ottawa arts and culture district.

Did you know?

Culture and creativity have been at the heart of the revitalization of some of the world’s most innovative neighbourhoods. From the Bronx and Soho in New York to Saint-Roch in Quebec City, the work of artists, creators and cultural organizers—supported by innovative municipal initiatives—has been the catalyst for growth that has transformed their communities. Like these places, Vanier is full of rich possibilities for growth through artistic and cultural activity. Now is the time to discover how best to build on these capacities for the benefit of Vanier’s community members.

Call to Action

At every point in Vanier’s history, its residents have been at the forefront of change. As the City of Ottawa develops its new Official Plan, and Vanier prepares for the future, the City is asking residents to play an active role in shaping the cultural landscape of the neighbourhood by sharing their ideas about what the future could be. The result will be a new Vanier Community Revitalization Strategy. The strategy will be written and owned by people from all walks of life that share a common bond residing in Vanier.

Project Update

The City of Ottawa is launching online engagement activities to illuminate Vanier’s cultural landscape and collect ideas for how cultural life of residents can be revitalized.

Please note that due to the pandemic all planned next steps have been delayed. However, this list of next steps has been updated. Updates are now made each month. stay tuned!


Start of the work of the City Working Group

The Working Group is composed of 9 City staff. It will prepare the Citizen’s Forum in partnership with the Vanier Community Association.

February 2021

Citizen Forum

Up to 150 Vanier residents and organizations will, online, suggest, discuss and priories ideas.

Dates of the Citizen Forum : May 25, June 15 and June 29 between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm

If you want to register, click here: or please contact us by email.

Develop strategy

The City Working Group, in full collaboration with the Vanier Community Association and a group of participants from the Citizen Forum (Community Working Group) will take all priories ideas and develop the Strategy.

Summer 2021

Public consultation

… on the Strategy

Fall 2021

Strategy review - acceptance

… by Vanier Community Association, Community Working Group and City services important to the implementation of the Strategy

Early Winter 2021

Presentation of the Strategy and its cost to committee and municipal council

Reference documents

Mapping Vanier, a cultural perspective on its demographics

Mapping Vanier in 2019

A Cultural Perspective to Its Demographics

With these 13 maps, we want to show, in the Vanier district of the city of Ottawa, the density variations of each of this neighbourhood’s 13 demographic characteristics. The maps represent the Vanier district and its immediate surroundings, the limits of which are: to the west, the Rideau River, to the north, Beachwood Road, to the east, Saint-Laurent Boulevard and to the south, Highway 417. We also divided the neighborhood into several zones. For example, this division of the neighborhood allows us to present the areas of the neighborhood where more Francophones live. Each zone of each map is covered by a more or less dark variation of a colour. The portions of the neighborhood showing a dark variation of this color signify a greater density of residents whose demographic characteristics are indicated at the bottom left of the map. At the top left, we show the same color or density variations, but this time for all of central Ottawa. Environics has provided us with the data used for these maps created by Jing Feng.