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Rural event guidelines

Does your event qualify?

To be eligible, an event should:

  • Be organized by a not-for-profit community group or association.
  • Have a strong agricultural or rural focus and/or be primarily directed at residents of rural Ottawa.

Events may include fairs, festivals, leisure activities, fundraisers, public meetings or cultural and recreational events.

Rural special event resources

Find out more about planning a special event in your community.

Fall 2020

City of Ottawa 2021 Budget

In November, the draft budget is presented to Council, and the public. In the weeks following, the budget is reviewed by the Standing Committees. Each Standing Committee reviews part of the City budget. Citizens have the opportunity to register and make a presentation at any of the Standing Committee meetings.

The draft budget, and the schedule for the standing committee meetings are published on

Christmas Farmers’ Markets in Rural Ottawa

Farmers' markets in rural Ottawa are offering special market days for Christmas. 

Metcalfe Farmers' Market - Christmas Market

Saturday, November 21 (9 am to 4 pm) and Saturday, December 19 (9 am to 4 pm)
Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive

Carp Farmers' Market - Christmas Market

Saturday, November 7 (8:30 am to 1 pm) and Saturday, November 14 (8:30 am to 1 pm)
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Road

Cumberland Farmers' Market - Christmas Market

Dates TBA
R.J. Kennedy Community Centre (Cumberland Arena), 1115 Dunning Rd
Ahmadiyya Community Centre, 2620 Market Street
St. Andrew’s Church Hall, 2557 Old Montreal Road
2655 Old Montreal Road

Lansdowne Farmers Market

From November to April, every Sunday (9 am to 3 pm)
Held inside the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne
Ottawa Farmers' Market

Area X.O – Ottawa Smart Farm

On Tuesday, October 13, Area X.O was officially opened as a smart city facility in the geographic heart of Ottawa. Area X.O is a joint project between Invest Ottawa, and partners including Accenture, BlackBerry QNX, the City of Ottawa, Ericsson, Hexagon | AutonomouStuff, InDro Robotics, Kongsberg Geospatial, Microsoft, Nokia and TÜV SÜD.

Our facility is home to the Ottawa Smart Farm – an agritech innovation playground. Whether you’re looking to develop, test, validate, demonstrate or commercialize smart agriculture solutions or Best Management Practices, this is the place to do it.

Carp Hills Communications

The City will be working with local partners to close the unauthorized hiking / biking trail on municipal lands north of the Thomas Dolan Parkway. This closure is due to the environmental sensitivity of the area and the potential for negative impacts from continued public use. Signs will be posted to indicate that the lands north of Thomas Dolan are a Nature Reserve. Local hunters and authorized groups can continue to use the area. The snowmobile trail is authorized under an agreement with the club and will not be affected by the closure of the footpath.