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February 8, 2018
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If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!

Now in its ninth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.

Since its inception in 2010, the program has involved more than 1,922 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 22 years, working on 67 projects across the city, supported by an average project grant of $5,000. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in reducing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.

Applications for the 2018 Paint It Up! program are available on the Crime Prevention Ottawa website or by calling 3-1-1. The deadline for applications is April 3 at 4 p.m. Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth, in a constructive learning process, to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

 For more information about the Paint it Up! program and how to apply, applicants are encouraged to register for a public information session by calling 3-1-1 or e-mailing

Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

Date: Monday, February 26

Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Place: City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West

2nd floor Colonel By Room


Date: Wednesday, February 28

Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Place: St-Laurent Complex

525 Coté Street

Claude Aubry Room



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