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Vanier: Culture in Action

Project Status: 
Underway

Project summary

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.

Next Steps

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

September and October 2020
Start of the work of the Working Group
The Working Group is composed of 9 City staff and 9 Vanier Residents. It will prepare the Residents’ Forum in collaboration with the Vanier Community Association.

November 2020
Citizen Forum
Up to 150 Vanier residents and organizations will, online or in person, suggest, discuss and priorize ideas.

December 2020
Develop strategy
The Working Group will take all priorized ideas and develop the Strategy

January 2021
Public consultation
… on the Strategy

February 2021
Strategy review - acceptance
… by all Vanier organizations and City services important to the implementation of the Strategy

March 2021
Presentation of the Strategy and its cost to committee and municipal council

Reference documents

Mapping Vanier, a cultural perspective on its demographics

Vanier District, A District of Arts and Cultures; Study of 8 Cases from Here and Elsewhere… and Other Related Facts