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Human services plan

Read about the City’s plan to increase access to services and facilities for Ottawa’s diverse communities and citizens.

Infrastructure Master Plan

A growth-focused plan for Ottawa’s water resource systems

The purpose of the City of Ottawa's Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) is to support the overall city-wide Official Plan (OP) goals of creating more vibrant, healthy and complete neighbourhoods across the municipality while ensuring long-term affordability for both the City government and residents.

Efficient management, responsible operation and judiciously targeted growth of water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure play a major role in the pursuit of these goals. The IMP supports the OP by ensuring there is enough infrastructure capacity in the right areas of the municipality at the right service levels at the right time to accommodate development and redevelopment until 2031 when the City of Ottawa population is expected to reach 1.14 million.

Chapters 1 to 4 [ PDF 1.5 MB ]
Chapter 5.1 to Section 5.3 [ PDF 6.7 MB ]
Chapter 5.4 to Section 5.6 [ PDF 7.6 MB ]
Chapter 6 to 9 [ PDF 206 KB ]
Annex A.1 [ PDF 221 KB ]
Annex A.2 [ PDF 4.1 MB ]
Annex A.2 Wastewater Project Sheet [ PDF 5 MB ]
Annex A.3 Schedules 1 to 4 [ PDF 4.2 MB ]
Annex A.3 Schedules 5 to 7 [ PDF 3.5 MB ]
Annexes B to D [ PDF 224 KB ]

If you have questions regarding the Infrastructure Master Plan, please contact:

Christopher Rogers 
Program Manager
Infrastructure and Water Services
110 Laurier Ave West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 27785
Email: christopher.rogers@ottawa.ca

Official Plan Amendment #150

This amendment implements changes to various parts of the Official Plan as recommended by the comprehensive 5-year review, required by the Planning Act, and undertaken by the City in 2013.

Official Plan Amendment (OPA) #150 was approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on April 24, 2014. Notice of the Approval was given on April 30, 2014. Appeals to all and to parts the Amendment were received. In considering the appeals of the whole of the Amendment the Ontario Municipal Board determined that the City needed to complete additional reviews related to Employment Areas, the Agricultural Resource Area and the planning timeframe of the Official Plan. Further changes to address these issues were made through Official Plan Amendment #180.

OPA #150 is available in English PDF only at this time. When Amendment #150 comes into full force, it will be translated and formatted to be included with other Official Plan amendments.

Amendment 150 (Approved by MMAH; Appeal Period Pending)

The legal amendment adopted by Council and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Some parts of OPA 150 have been repealed by OPA 180 adopted by Council on the January 25, 2017 and approved by the Minister on the August 8, 2017.  

On November 8, 2017, parts of Official Plan Amendment #150 came into effect and those changes have been consolidated into the online Official Plan.

Schedules to Amendment 150 (and Annotated Official Plan)

The following maps, which remain under appeal, show changes to land uses for individual or groups of properties or replace and update maps in the official plan.

Schedule S35 Natural Corridors [ PDF 3 MB ] 

Schedule S36 Natural Corridors [ PDF 3 MB ] 

Schedule S37 Natural Corridors [ PDF 3.8 MB ] 

Schedule C Primary Urban Cycling Network [PDF 1.2 MB]

Schedule E Urban Road Network [PDF 1.9 MB]

Schedule J Primary Rural Cycling Network and Scenic Entry Routes [PDF 1 MB] 

Official Plan Amendment #180

Growth Projections, Employment Lands and Agricultural Lands (LEAR) Review

This Official Plan Amendment forms part of the Comprehensive review  of the Official Plan undertaken in 2013 resulting in the adoption of Official Plan Amendment #150.  The purpose of Official Plan Amendment #180 is to implement the recommendations of three reviews requested by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The Employment Area review, the LEAR and Agricultural Resource Area review and the potential extension of the planning timeframe of the Official Plan to 2036. The OMB required these reviews to be completed prior to consideration of the exiting appeals to Official Plan Amendment #150 (OPA 150).

 Official Plan Amendment 180 was adopted by By-law 2017-19 on January 25, 2017 and modified and approved by Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on the August 8, 2017. Parts of OPA 180 came into force on November 9, 2017 and form part of the Official Plan. This amendment is appealed. However, parts of this amendment came into force on November 8, 2017 when some appeals were withdrawn or scoped to specific matters.

What does the draft amendment address?

The topics addressed in this amendment:

Growth Projections:  The adopted changes will extend the timeframe of the Official Plan from 2031 to 2036. This change results in new projections for future population, households and employment, text changes to the plan and an assessment of the supply of land to meet anticipated housing and employment demand.   

 Employment Lands: Proposed changes include the conversion of excess urban employment lands to non-employment designations, the re-designation of Enterprise Areas, a new Rural Employment Area designation and amended policies and land use permissions.

Agricultural Land: Proposed changes result from an update to the Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR) system and recommend changes to the Agricultural Resource Area designation in some areas, along with updates to the terminology of the Official Plan to reflect the changes in the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement.

Official Plan Amendment #180

Official Amendment #180 is available on this site in the legal form adopted by Council. This document is available in English PDF only at this time but will be translated and formatted to be included with other Official Plan amendments when it comes into full force.

Official Plan Amendment #180 [ PDF 285 KB  ] is the legal document adopted by the City through By-law 2017-19 and modifies the policies of the existing Official Plan and amends Official Amendment 150. In some cases, changes originally proposed by OPA 150 may be repealed. Policies and schedules, which come into force on November 8, 2017, have already been incorporated into the online version of the City’s Official Plan.

Direct your written submissions and/or questions to:

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

General Enquiries 

Robin van de Lande, Planner
tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 43011
fax: 613-580-2459
e-mail: planning@ottawa.ca

Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR)

The Province of Ontario requires municipalities to protect prime agricultural areas for long-term use for local agriculture. The purpose of a Land Evaluation and Area Review system, or LEAR, is to assist in the identification of these prime agricultural areas.

In 2011 Ottawa was home to 1,125 farm holdings, comprising 120,000 hectares of farmland dedicated to a mixture of cash crops, livestock operations and a growing number of local fresh food producers. These operations produced agricultural products with a value estimated at over $200 million.

In December 2016, the City of Ottawa adopted a new LEAR system to replace the system developed by the former Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton in 1997. That system resulted in the identification of the agricultural areas designated as Agricultural Resource Areas as shown on Schedule A to the City’s Official Plan.  

What is the LEAR system?

The primary component is the identification of land, comprised of soils, classed as 1, 2 and 3 in the Canada Land Inventory  (CLI).

These soils provide the greatest flexibility to support a variety of crops. A LEAR system also uses other factors in addition to soil class in order to identify the best areas of ongoing agriculture. The results of the assessment of each rural property using the LEAR criteria are mapped and the prime agricultural areas are identified as areas of 250 ha or greater that are predominantly CLI classes 1-3 soils.

This new LEAR system updates a number of factors to respond to new soils mapping and reflects changes in the size and nature of farms over the last 20 years. The Ontario Municipal Board directed the City to complete this update as part of the comprehensive review of the Official Plan.

The LEAR report has two volumes:

LEAR Volume 1 [PDF 3.61 MB] contains a description of the new LEAR system and how properties are scored.

LEAR Volume 2 [PDF 7.59 MB] contains LEAR data for each scored property.

Anyone can use the LEAR map to search for their property and see the new LEAR scoring or download the printable map [PDF 5.77 MB].

How is the LEAR system used?  

The new LEAR was used as part of the review of the Official Plan and will inform the assessment of applications in the Agricultural Resource Area designation, such as new renewable energy projects or new agriculture-related uses.  

Changes proposed to the Agricultural Resource Area designation following the update of the LEAR system have been incorporated into the Official Plan.

Related links

Canada Land Inventory (CLI) soil capability for agriculture mapping  

Official Plan Amendment #180

Further information

City of Ottawa
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424
Email : planning@ottawa.ca

Ottawa Cycling Plan

The Active Transportation Plan (formerly the Ottawa Cycling Plan) is currently being updated.

If you'd like more information please visit the project page.

The 2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan (OCP2013) is a long-term strategy to strengthen and support cycling in the city. It was developed as part of the Building a Liveable Ottawa process, which also led to updates of the City's Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Ottawa Pedestrian Plan and Infrastructure Master Plan.

The project and network maps that support the OCP2013 can be found in the on-line geoOttawa mapping tool, in the Layer List tool under Cycling and Cycling Plan. A complete description on how to use GeoOttawa can be found in Annex C of the cycling plan.

2013 Ottawa Cycling Plan [ PDF 21.3 MB ]

Ottawa Pedestrian Plan

The Active Transportation Plan (formerly the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan) is currently being updated.

If you'd like more information please visit the project page here.

The existing pedestrian network and the future Affordable Pedestrian Network projects approved in the  Ottawa Pedestrian Plan (OPP) 2013 can be viewed in map format on-line at geoOttawa. Under the drop-down menu "More Layers" click on Pedestrian Plan to initiate. A complete list of the future Affordable Pedestrian Network projects can be found in Annex E of the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan.

2013 Ottawa Pedestrian Plan [ PDF 6.8 MB ]

Zlatko Krstulic
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 21827
Email: zlatko.krstulic@ottawa.ca

Ottawa Transition Board Final Report

The Ottawa Transition Board oversaw the amalgamation of the Region of Ottawa-Carleton and 11 municipalities to create the new City of Ottawa on January 1, 2001. The work of the board is summarized in its final report [PDF – 5.2 MB]. If you wish to receive this report in another format or any other public documents created by the board, please contact Claire Lee at 613-580-2424, ext. 13180 (TTY: 613-580-2401).

Transportation Master Plan

The Transportation Master Plan is currently being updated. If you'd like more information please visit the project page.

On November 26, 2013 Ottawa City Council unanimously approved the Transportation Master Plan, Official Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Ottawa Cycling Plan and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. Together, these five plans set the vision for Ottawa's future growth to 2031.

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identifies the transportation facilities, services and policies that the City of Ottawa will implement to serve a projected population of 1.14 million people by 2031. It sets direction for the City's day-to-day transportation programs and provides a basis for budget planning that is consistent with the growth management policies of the City's Official Plan.

The TMP will come to life through mechanisms such as long-range financial plans, mid-range implementation plans, annual budgets, program development, area and corridor transportation studies, design or practice guidelines, and Community Design Plans.

The City is currently updating the TMP based on the Scope of Work approved by Council in June 2019. For more information about the TMP Update, visit the project website for the Transportation Master Plan Update.

If you have questions regarding the Transportation Master Plan, please contact:

Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
Email: tmpupdate@ottawa.ca

2013 Transportation Master Plan (full version) [ PDF 15 MB ]

Preface [ PDF 404 KB ]
Chapter 1 [ PDF 544 KB ]
Chapter 2 [ PDF 1.3 MB ]
Chapter 3 [ PDF 177 KB ]
Chapter 4 [ PDF 198 KB ]
Chapter 5 [ PDF 207 KB ]
Chapter 6 [ PDF 214 KB ]
Chapter 7 [ PDF 298 KB ]
Chapter 8 [ PDF 192 KB ]
Chapter 9 [ PDF 183 KB ]

Annex A : Rapid Transit, Transit Priority, and Road Projects [ PDF 256 KB ]

Annex B: Maps [ PDF 95 KB ]
Map 1 Cycling Network – Primary Urban [ PDF 1 MB ]
Map 2 Cycling Network – Primary Rural (with Scenic Entry Routes) [ PDF 2.5 MB ]
Map 3 Rapid Transit and Transit Priority Network – Ultimate Network [ PDF 1.1 MB ]
Map 4 Rapid Transit and Transit Priority Network – 2031 Network Concept [ PDF 1.1 MB ]
Map 5 Rapid Transit and Transit Priority Network – 2031 Affordable Network [ PDF 1 MB ]
Map 6 Road Network – Urban [ PDF 1.4 MB ]
Map 7 Road Network – Central Area/Inner City [ PDF 453 KB ]
Map 8 Road Network – Rural [ PDF 1.4 MB ]
Map 9 Road Network – Select Villages [ PDF 1.1 MB ]
Map 10 Road Network – 2031 Network Concept [ PDF 1.1 MB ]
Map 11 Road Network – 2031 Affordable Network [ PDF 1 MB ]

Annex C : Glossary [ PDF 138 KB ]