Greenfield Residential Land Survey

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Greenfield Residential Land Survey - mid 2021

The city of Ottawa recently adopted a residential growth management strategy (RGMS) for the new Official Plan (OP) with a planning period from July 2018 to July 2046.  The RGMS divides the urban area into two categories: a “built-up area” and “greenfield area”. This new Greenfield Residential Land Survey (GRLS) report replaces the former Vacant Urban Residential Land Survey (VURLS) and monitors the residential land supply within the greenfield portion, as of July 1, 2018, of the urban area.

In addition to monitoring only greenfield lands, this report changes the 12-month reporting period from a calendar year to a mid-year to mid-year period, being July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, and land supply as of July 1, 2021.

Key Findings for mid-2021 include:

Land Supply

As of July 1, 2021, there were 1,587 ha of greenfield residential land in Ottawa, with a total estimated development potential of 69,078 units.

Unit Consumption

From mid-2020 to mid-2021, 5,131 units started construction, higher than the five-year average of 4,008 units and a 17.9 percent increase from mid-2019 to mid-2020. Orleans led all areas with 25.1 percent units developed, followed by Kanata-Stittsville at 24.8 percent. Orleans experience the greater year-over-year increase.

Area Consumption

From mid-2020 to mid-2021, land consumption totalled 132.1 ha. Kanata-Stittsville led all areas with 25.1 percent of lands developed, followed by Orleans at 22.4 percent. Orleans experienced the greatest year-over-year increase.


Overall, the supply of land for new housing in Ottawa at mid-year 2021 met all policies of the Official Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement for greenfield residential land. Ottawa’s greenfield residential land supply of 1,587 ha had an estimated potential for approximately 69,078 dwelling units.

Development Status (mid-2021) - Kanata-Stittsville [ PDF 1.405 MB ]

Development Status (mid-2021) - Leitrim [ PDF 368 KB ]

Development Status (mid-2021) - Orléans [ PDF 716 KB ]

Development Status (mid-2021) - Riverside South [ PDF 769 KB ]

Detailed Parcel Listing (mid-2021) [ PDF 1.137 MB ]

Greenfield Residential Land Survey Report [ PDF 8.200 MB ]