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Arts, heritage and culture

Assist an arts instructor, give tours at a museum or volunteer at a festival or one of our theatres. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to suit your interests and location. Get involved in your cultural community today.

Recreation

Volunteers 14 years of age or older can participate in a wide variety of programs in:

  • Aquatics
  • Special events
  • Sports and recreation
  • Before and after school programs
  • March Break/Holiday Camps

Volunteer at a facility in your neighbourhood

Ottawa Police Service

You can help keep our community safe. Become an important part of a unique organization: become a police volunteer.

Committee of Adjustment

Current Recruitment

Although the recruitment process is now closed for most of the Committees and Boards, the City of Ottawa is recruiting for the following Committee of Adjustment position:

  • One vacancy on Panel 2 (suburban)

All applicants are encouraged to review the recruitment information and apply using this online form (link is external).

The Committee of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial tribunal appointed by City Council and is independent and autonomous from the City Administration. It derives its jurisdiction from the Ontario Planning Act and its mandate is to consider applications for minor variances to the City’s zoning by-laws and applications to divide (sever) property.

The Committee is divided into three geographic panels – urban, suburban and rural.

Skills and abilities

  • Committee members will be selected based on experience with previous Committees of Adjustment as well as their knowledge of the general area and familiarity with basic land-use planning and urban design principles, such as official plans and zoning by-laws.

What is the level of commitment required?

  • Each Committee Panel meets about 22 times per year. This involves a four- to five-hour commitment, plus pre-meeting and reading of material.
  • Terms of Committee members are concurrent with that of City Council, which will end on November 14, 2022.

When do we meet?

The Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Panel 2 meetings begin at 6:30 pm. Meetings are held at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa.

Who is eligible?

You must be a resident of the City of Ottawa and must be 18 years of age or older in order to be eligible for appointment. Employees of the City of Ottawa are not eligible.

Membership will, as much as possible, reflect Ottawa’s diversity and demographics in such areas as gender, official language, geographic representation, race and disability.

How are members compensated for their time?

City Council has approved an honorarium schedule for committee members as follows:

  • Chair $270 per meeting to a maximum of $6,500 per year
  • ViceChairs - $250 per meeting to a maximum of $6,000 per year
  • Members $230 per meeting to a maximum of $5,500 per year

How to apply

All applicants are encouraged to review the recruitment information and apply using this online form (link is external). Alternate application formats are available upon request. All applications must be submitted by Monday, July 22, 2019 at 12 pm (Noon).

For more information: Contact Carole Legault at 613-580-2424, ext. 28934, (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by email at committees@ottawa.ca.

Committee of Adjustment

What is our mandate?

Members of the Committee of Adjustment consider applications for minor variances to the City’s zoning by-laws and applications to divide (sever) property. The Committee is an independent and autonomous body that performs its duties at “arm’s length” from the City administration and operates under the authority of the Province’s Planning Act.

What qualifications, knowledge and experience are relevant?

  • Relevant knowledge including planning, municipal and development law, architecture, community development, urban design principles, official plans, zoning by-laws
  • Previous experience with Committees of Adjustment, decision-making, communication and mediation
  • Knowledge of the City’s building, planning and development processes
  • Current or past community involvement with other committees, non-profit groups, voluntary societies and occupational associations
  • Professional designations/memberships may be considered an asset

What is the level of commitment required?

  • Committee Panels meet on Wednesdays 22 times per year with two of the panels meeting during the daytime and one in the evening. This involves a four to five hour commitment.
  • Members are required to access and review materials online in advance of Committee meetings.
  • Terms of Committee Members are concurrent with that of City Council.

When do we meet? 

The Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, with Panel 1 at 1 pm and/or 3 pm, Panel 2 at 6:30 pm and Panel 3 at 9 am. Meetings are held at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive (Ottawa).

 

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Pathway Patrol

Are you a cyclist? Walker? Runner? Inline skater? Do you enjoy using any of the pathways around your neighbourhood?  Join the Pathway Patrol Volunteers!