Ottawa Public Library and U.S. Embassy Ottawa set to officially open new Imagine Space
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and U.S. Embassy Ottawa will officially launch their new makerspace entitled Imagine Space – An American Corner on April 23 at 4:00 p.m. at the Nepean Centrepointe branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The space will be open to the public at 5:00 p.m., following the launch.
The official launch will include the following speakers:
- His Excellency Bruce Heyman, United States Ambassador to Canada
- His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa
- Councillor Jan Harder, OPL Board Chair
We invite members of the media to preview the space before the launch, on April 23 at 2:30 p.m.
Please send an email to Communications@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca to RSVP for the sneak peek of the space.
What: Imagine Space sneak peek and Imagine Space launch event
When: Wednesday, April 23 – Sneak peek: 2:30 p.m., Launch event: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Nepean Centrepointe branch, 101 Centrepointe Drive (Ben Franklin Place)
Imagine Space will provide a hands-on learning experience and collaborative environment for public exchange of ideas in pursuit of innovation. The fully operational space will include opportunities for 3D printing and modeling, laser cutting, photo, video and audio editing, filming with a green screen and video gear, working with hand tools and electronics and using a wall-to-wall whiteboard.
The goal of the space is to provide the public with new tools and technologies to promote innovation and learning, to connect design with social and economic change, to teach digital literacy, digital artifact and digital media creation skills.
Easter schedule changes
Monday, April 7, 2014
The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Friday, April 18 (Good Friday), and Monday, April 21 (Easter Monday).
- Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 22.
- The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 22.
- The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.
Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:
- There will be no curbsidegreen bin, recycling or garbage collectionon Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 19 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 22. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of April 21. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
- There will be no multi-residential collection of bulky items, green bin and recycling container collectionon Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 19 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 22. Recycling container collection and green bin will also be delayed by one day for the week of April 21. However, multi-residential garbage collectionis not delayed and collection will take place on its regular scheduled day during the week of April 21.
- The Trail Waste Facility is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
- All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.
- OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule on Good Friday. On Easter Monday there will be minor weekday schedule reductions and the cancellation of all school routes numbered in the 600s and supplementary school trips. On Good Friday, as well as Saturdays and Sundays, a family may travel all day with a $7.95 DayPass, which can be purchased from the bus operator when you board. A ‘family’ can include up to six people with a maximum of two ages 13 or older. Call 613‑560‑1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613‑741‑4390 or visit octranspo.com.
- OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open Easter Monday from
8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- The OC Transpo Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Good Fridayand from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Easter Monday,
- The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.
- Some pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday with modified schedules for public swimming, skating and fitness classes. Most pools, fitness centres and arenas will be open on Saturday and Easter Sunday. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.
- Many registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.
Ottawa Public Health:
- Site program – Site office at 179 Clarence Street will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday, however, the site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Dental Clinics – Closed
- Well Baby Drop-in – Closed
- Billings Estate National Historic Site, Cumberland Heritage Village Museum, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site andFairfields Heritage Property will all be open for Easter special events on Saturday, April 19. Nepean Museum will be open for regular operations.
- Arts centres, archives, galleries and theatres will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm, as some exceptions may apply. Karsh-Masson Gallery at City Hall will remain open over the Easter weekend.
- The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed from Friday, April 18 to Monday, April 21 for Easter weekend.
Municipal child care services:
- City-operated Child Care Centres are closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Ottawa Public Library:
- All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. They will operate as usual on Saturday, April 19.
Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena and Hall closed for maintenance
Friday, April 4, 2014
Starting on April 8, 2014 the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena and Hall will be closed to undergo unplanned maintenance for mould removal. The facility will reopen on July 2, 2014.
There is no immediate risk to the public, but the City is undertaking this work proactively to ensure continued public safety measure while meeting residents’ programming needs. The City will remediate the interior spaces to prevent further mould growth and ensure the long term and safe use of this facility.
All programming and rentals will be relocated to other facilities until the Arena and Community Hall reopen on July 2, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause.
Rentals and participants registered in the fitness and community recreation programs will be informed by City of Ottawa staff about alternate locations such as, Pretty Street, Huntley Goulbourn Office or Goulbourn Recreation Complex.
For further information, please contact the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.
Construction activity will increase again this spring and summer
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The spring and summer months will see an increase in construction-related activity across the city – including an unprecedented $51-million investment towards the road surfacing program.
The planned road resurfacing work will prepare roadways for increased traffic flow stemming from the Confederation Line construction. It is also timely in strategically addressing the large incidents of potholes on Ottawa roadways, which has become a familiar story of this winter’s toll on the roads in many Canadian and northern U.S. cities.
As part of the Confederation Line construction, the widening of Highway 417 will be ongoing over the spring and summer months. Other construction projects will begin this spring or underway, which include sewer and watermain work, infrastructure improvements, and cycling and pedestrian facilities.
Ottawa residents will also see some results of the city’s transformation, with the expected fall completion of the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge project and the Hunt Club extension project.
Again this year, construction will result in traffic delays. However, the City has put mitigation measures into place to help minimize traffic impacts – including enhanced monitoring, strategic timing of construction projects, off-peak work, where possible, increased rush-hour bus trips to and from the city’s east end, improved coordination with other partners, and advanced notifications on the variable messaging signs.
Ottawa residents are commended for their efforts and adjustments over the past year to help reduce traffic congestion. Again this spring and summer, residents are reminded to plan routes in advance, consider staggered work hours, car pooling, to take advantage of transit, and explore biking or walking (also combined with transit).
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute, including:
- Travel Planner at octranspo.com – transit users can chart and plan routes
- City of Ottawa Traffic Report – outlining city-wide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours
- Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city
- Ottawa Nav – now with new enhancements and features. Blackberry version will be ready soon.
- Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras along Highway 417
- Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city
- Further project details and other information concerning ongoing City roadwork are available on ottawa.ca, and you can follow us on Twitter.
- Residents can also seek information by calling 3-1-1 or visiting a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.
- Permanent and mobile variable message signs are installed across the city to inform motorists of road closures, lane reductions and other traffic changes.
- Constant and accurate transit and traffic information will be made available at ottawa.ca, on Twitter and through the media.
City report shows new housing and construction projects rose in 2013
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Ottawa’s new housing and construction project activity rose higher in 2013, according to the City of Ottawa Building Code Services report.
The report, which will be presented to the next Planning Committee on April 8, shows the City received $2.4 billion worth of construction applications in 2013, which is $400 million or 20 per cent more than the $2 billion recorded in the previous year.
“These figures are key indicators that Ottawa’s economy is moving along at a strong pace,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This was helped by some major construction projects, including the Rideau Centre and Bayshore Shopping Centre expansions, Lansdowne Park and Tanger Outlets development.”
“We are pleased to see both residential and commercial building projects going ahead, which means both business growth and stronger communities,” said Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of Planning Committee.
The number of building permit applications was 8,537, compared with 8,234 in 2012. Builders filed applications for 6,726 new houses in 2013, compared with 6,584 in 2012.
Building Code Services collects fees to cover the costs of all of its services. Total revenues for the year were almost $25 million.
Construction Resumes on Airport Parkway
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Beginning on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 construction will resume on the Airport-Parkway Pedestrian/ Cycling Bridge. Motorists should anticipate traffic impacts in the area along the work site.
Traffic signs will be in place to remind motorists of the activity. Commuters are reminded to exercise caution around work areas. Regulatory speed limits along the construction zone will be lowered to 60 km/h.
For information about city construction projects please visit ottawa.ca.
Second Wildlife Series session focuses on homes and gardens
Monday, March 31, 2014
The City of Ottawa will be marking National Wildlife Week with the second session of its Wildlife Speakers Series onFriday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Andrew S. Haydon Hall (Council Chambers) at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. The topic of this session is Backyard Biodiversity: Welcoming nature into your yard, not your home.
The featured guest speakers are Sarah Kirkpatrick-Wahl, Conservation Coordinator, from Nature Canada, Canada’s oldest nature conservation charity, and Bill Dowd, CEO of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, Canada’s largest wildlife control company that partners with SPCAs/Humane Societies and animal control departments in communities across Canada.
Ms. Kirkpatrick-Wahl is a conservation biologist, who is currently working on the NatureHood program, which aims to connect people with nature in urban environments – right in their backyards.
Mr. Dowd has more than 25 years of experience in helping people live with wildlife around residential settings. He is respected as an expert in the field.
In addition to the presentations, there will be a nature slideshow and an environmental exposition from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment and local environmental initiatives. Participants will include the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Ontario Electronic Stewardship will also have a booth and will be accepting old electronic equipment for recycling.
The City will hold two more events in the Wildlife Speakers Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents’ knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect. All of these events are free of charge.
The next session is planned for June on the topic of white-tailed deer.
Ottawa’s drinking water earns a perfect score
Monday, March 31, 2014
The City of Ottawa’s seven drinking water systems have received a perfect score in Drinking Water System inspections performed by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for the review period of 2013-2014. The MOE results were included in the 2013 Municipal Drinking Water Systems Summary Report which was delivered to Mayor and Council today.
The MOE inspections involved up to 14 different aspects of operations including drinking water quality, water quality monitoring programs and operator certification.
"Ask residents what they want from their City government, and safe, reliable drinking water is near the top of the list every time. I’m pleased and proud of the results we’ve received today,” said Mayor Jim Watson. "We have this great water supply thanks to the dedication and expertise of City staff.”
Under the Safe Water Drinking Act, an annual summary report must be circulated to all members of City Council by March 31 of the following year. The report provides an in-depth review of the performance of the City’s drinking water systems in 2013, with particular focus on regulatory compliance and allows Councillors to achieve their oversight responsibilities.
"Turning on the tap in Ottawa not only provides drinking water, but also peace of mind that our water is tested 100,000’s of times per year to ensure its safety,” said Councillor Maria McRae, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee. "City Council and staff are committed to providing a reliable supply of safe drinking water to Ottawa residents and to delivering excellent water services through responsiveness, accountability and innovation."
This information supplements the 2013 Annual Report information for each drinking water system already available on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.
Council approves dates for advanced voting for 2014 Municipal Election
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
With the 2014 Municipal Elections in Ottawa taking place on Monday, October 27, City Council has approved dates for advanced voting to allow eligible voters more opportunities to make their mark.
Special advanced voting will occur on October 1, 2, and 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m,, and regular advanced voting will occur on Thursday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exact advanced vote locations will be determined later this year.
In the 2010 Municipal Elections, a total of 42,181 voters cast a ballot over the two advance voting days.
Follow @ottawavote on Twitter for updates and news on the 2014 municipal elections.
City staff recognized for commitment to ensuring inclusion for all
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Mayor Jim Watson and City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick presented the City of Ottawa 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Awards at today’s City Council meeting. The seventh edition of these annual awards recognized individual City employees and teams who demonstrate a strong commitment to fostering a positive and respectful work environment and who provide services that respect the diversity of Ottawa residents.
“Together we are building strong, diverse and inclusive communities,” said Mayor Watson. “Our commitment to equity and inclusion programs is the reason that the City of Ottawa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the third consecutive year.”
This year’s Individual Equity and Diversity Award went to the head of Ottawa Fire Services, Chief John deHooge, for his significant contributions to making Ottawa Fire Services an inclusive and diverse workplace. His leadership and support of various initiatives and activities have played a key role in building a respectful and safe work environment where individuals are empowered to take action.
Honourable Mention certificates were awarded to two individuals. Lisa Petch was recognized for her dedication to improving client services for the residents of our city by developing and promoting the Equity and Inclusion Lens training program for staff. Norma Strachan was recognized for the key role that she played in the development of the Kanata Chinese Seniors Community Garden and for fostering cross-cultural community relationships.
The Team Diversity and Inclusion Award went to members of the Para Transpo Stakeholder Consultations Team: AJ Ryland, Ann Marie Foley, Tom Crowley, Nichole Hoover-Bienasz, Kathy Riley and Genevieve Sharkey. This team was recognized for their inclusive approach to the Para Transpo stakeholder consultations. They incorporated the City’s Equity and Inclusion Lens as part of the planning process, which ensured the successful representation of a number of diverse interests.
Honourable Mention certificates were also awarded in the team category to the AccessAbility Day Organizing Team and the Emergency and Protective Services Diversity and Inclusion Team.
The AccessAbility Day Organizing Team was recognized for their contributions to the 10th Annual AccessAbility Day event, which increased awareness of diversity and inclusion issues for both employees and the community at large. The Emergency and Protective Services Diversity and Inclusion Team was recognized for their leadership role in marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance and for providing an important opportunity for Emergency and Protective Services and the City to build and foster their relationships with the transgender community.
“I want to thank all of the 2013 winners and nominees for their passion and dedication to making inclusion and diversity a priority in the workplace,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “Through your innovative solutions, we are continuing to create a city that is representative of all.”
The City of Ottawa is committed to providing quality services to the diverse population it serves. Nominees for the Diversity and Inclusion Awards reflect this commitment in their daily work by applying the Equity and Inclusion Lens, a tool for staff to use in policy and program development, and client service. The award winners and nominees contribute to making the City of Ottawa’s workforce one that is inclusive of the following groups: Aboriginal, GLBT, Immigrants, People with Disabilities, Visible Minorities and Women.
Explore summer recreation options at Special Needs Camp Fair
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The City of Ottawa and Special Finds invite residents with disabilities and their families to attend this year’s Special Needs Camp Fair. Summer programs offered in Ottawa and the surrounding area will be showcased and over 30 vendors, agencies and summer camps will be available to answer questions.
Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Jim Durrell Arena, 1265 Walkley Road
Admission is free. Camp registration will be available onsite.
Seasonal load restrictions start for heavy vehicles serving Ottawa
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday March 24, seasonal load restrictions are in effect. Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of five tonnes or 11,000 lbs. per axle are prohibited on roads where restriction signage is posted, and on all truck routes identified as restricted on the Truck Route Maps (Urban Truck Routes and Rural Truck Routes).
These restrictions also apply to all non-truck routes. Heavy vehicles that exceed weight limits on restricted load roadways during the spring thaw period will be subject to fines.
During the spring thaw period, some roads cannot withstand heavy vehicle loads. Every year, the City monitors thaw progression by utilizing the forecast temperature data to calculate the Thaw Index. When the Thaw Index reaches its threshold value, the load restrictions are imposed. Once the pavement strength has been restored, the load restrictions are removed.
For further information, please visit ottawa.ca
Teaching Your Kids About Money
Thursday, March 20, 2014
On Tuesday March 25, 2013, Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School wil be holding a seminar to help parents prepare their children for life's financial challenges.
For more information, please click here.
City's sledding hills closed for the season
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The City of Ottawa has closed its 56 approved sledding hills for the season due to milder temperatures, which have resulted in unsafe conditions for sledding. The public is urged to keep personal safety in mind and remain off the sledding hills.
Notification of the re-opening of the hills in the winter of 2014-15 will be available on the City’s website at ottawa.ca.
2013 Customer Survey: Confidence in OC Transpo at highest levels in years
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
OC Transpo today released the results of its 2013 Customer Survey. Overall satisfaction for transit customers is at 80%, the highest level in five years. Here’s more detail of what the public thinks:
- Overall satisfaction has increased significantly up from 73% in 2012 to 80% in 2013
- Perceptions of OC Transpo’s responsiveness to customer needs continue to climb from 79% in 2012 to 82% in 2013 and is at its highest level ever
- 68% of respondents tell us that our employees are caring toward our customers, up from 57% in 2012 and the highest rating yet for customer caring
- Respondents gave OC Transpo’s safety and security measures a rating of 89% and identified areas where we can take additional measures to further improve the customer experience
- 83% of respondents are confident that transit operators know what to do if an incident occurs and that they are able to get help quickly. This is the highest rating ever up from 71% in 2012
- 78% of customers said they are confident that they can get help quickly during an incident, also the highest number ever and up from 62% in 2012
- The higher levels of confidence in OC Transpo are evident in responses from both customers and the wider community surveyed
“We are very pleased with the results of this comprehensive survey,” said Councillor Diane Deans, Chair of the Transit Commission. “The results allow staff and the Commission to understand the needs and impressions of customers and to plan the best ways to continue to improve customer service and customer satisfaction. These results will be used to further enhance transit services in Ottawa.”
OC Transpo is committed to working on the areas that survey respondents identified as important to them: reliable service that runs on-time, bus routes that are well planned, ensuring operators are respectful toward passengers and vice versa, and that OC Transpo delivers good service value.
The dedication and collaborative efforts of the Transit Commission, transit staff, management and union leadership have been instrumental in strengthening Ottawa’s position as a very strong and respected transit leader.
The City of Ottawa Transit Services Department has been carrying out a survey of its customers every year since 2008. The survey is an opportunity to hear and collect the thoughts of our customers through a structured, scientifically sound process. Responses were collected via a telephone survey between November 22 and December 10, 2013.
Please visit our website to review the survey results: www.octranspo1.com/2013customersurvey
Early birds can register now for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capitalcampaign, which will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available.
Registration is quick and easy:
- Go to ottawa.ca, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The new interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
- Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.
Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.
Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kg of litter from 1,400 locations.
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.
The Order of Ottawa is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions, through their professional endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.
The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony on Thursday, November 20, 2014, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career. Mr. Kilrea is a retired hockey head coach, general manager and player, and is best known for his 35-year association with the Ottawa 67’s. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, has played and coached in the NHL and, with more than 1,000 career victories, he is the most successful coach in Canadian junior hockey history.
Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 12, before midnight. Nominations submitted for previous years are no longer valid but resubmissions will be accepted and given full consideration.
Investiture ceremonies were held in November 2012 and 2013 and each year 15 celebrated individuals were awarded the honour. A list of Order of Ottawa inductees is prominently displayed on a wall on the first floor of City Hall. Nominations from the public are reviewed and recipients of the Order of Ottawa are chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and the Chief Executive Officer, Library Services.
More information on both awards can be found online at ottawa.ca/orderofottawa.
Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Elected municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible to be considered for this award while they are in office.
Confederation Line named Deal of the Year in Public-Private-Partnerships
Friday, March 14, 2014
The Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project has been named the North American Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine.
The award recognizes the innovative project financing structure developed by Rideau Transit Group in their successful bid to design, build, finance and maintain the 12.5 kilometre light rail system, including the fleet of 34 Alstom CITADIS Spirit trains.
“Last November, the Confederation Line was recognized with the 2013 Gold Award for Transportation Innovation from the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This new award provides even more proof that our partnership with RTG has made us P3 leaders, not just in Canada, but across the continent. Together we are transforming Ottawa’s transportation network and we have established new standards of excellence for large-scale infrastructure procurement.”
Antonio Estrada, CEO of Rideau Transit Group, accepted the award at the 15th Annual Project Finance Americas Deals of the Year Awards Dinner held last night in New York City. “Rideau Transit Group is very proud of our partnership with the City of Ottawa” said Estrada. “The partners of Rideau Transit Group are world leaders in transportation and infrastructure, having completed more than 80 P3 projects globally, and we look forward to delivering the Confederation Line, one of most exciting and innovative transit systems in North America.”
The Confederation Line is a $2.1 billion project that is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The Government of Canada is contributing $600 million through the Building Canada Fund. The City of Ottawa will also allocate up to $161.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to this project. The Government of Ontario is contributing up to $600 million. In addition, the City of Ottawa will allocate $287 million of Provincial Gas Tax revenues to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.
This project is the first stage in Ottawa’s future rail network. The 12.5-kilometre electric light rail system replaces existing diesel powered buses, providing rapid transit between Blair Station in the east and Tunney’s Pasture in the west. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will alleviate congestion through the downtown core. For more information, visithttp://ottawa.ca/confederationline.
OC Transpo operates revised schedules for March Break
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
OC Transpo service will operate on a reduced weekday schedule during the March Break (March 10 to 14) when schools are closed.
Bus arrival times may be adjusted slightly compared to the usual weekday schedule, and during rush hour most routes will have one or two fewer trips. All school routes numbered in the 600s and special school trips on regular routes will not operate. The O-Train schedule will be unchanged.
Holiday schedules are available at www.octranspo.com. Automated schedule information is also available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus your 4‑digit bus stop number.
For more information and travel planning assistance, call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit www.octranspo.com.
Camp FFIT returns with firefighter training camp for young women
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call forCamp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2014. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, are invited to apply.
Camp FFIT is designed to educate young women about the career of firefighting. Participants will have an opportunity to perform many tasks, including, but not limited to:
- Search and rescue
- Auto extrication
- Forcible entry
- Catching hydrants
- High rise operations and aerial ladder climb
- Wearing full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus)
- Fighting simulated kitchen and car fires
Applications are available now at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 23, 2014.
Participants will have an opportunity to speak to men and women who work at Ottawa Fire Services, as well as firefighters from neighbouring communities and students who have graduated from the pre-service firefighter training programs at Algonquin College and La Cité Collegial. Camp instruction will be offered in English.
Camp FFIT, now in its fifth year, will take place:
Date: August 11 to 15
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre
898 Industrial Avenue
For questions please email email@example.com or call 3-1-1.
City of Ottawa is the best city for hosting festivals
Monday, March 3, 2014
Festival and Events Ontario has recognized the City of Ottawa with its inaugural award for “Best Festival City” for cities larger than 200,000 residents.
“Ottawa is blessed with a great number of annual festivals and events, big and small” said Mayor Watson. “Each one enhances the recreation, arts and cultural experience for our residents and visitors, while at the same time contributing to the growth and development of our economy. Our vibrant festival scene and special events contribute to Ottawa being one of the best cities in the world to live, work and invest.”
“This past September, Ottawa was recognized as one of only seven World Festival and Event Cities by the International Festivals and Events Association” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services. “This new award shows that we are continuing on that path of success and have developed a reputation as an organized, effective and enthusiastic host city.”
The Best Festival City award recognizes Ottawa for its community leadership and ongoing efforts to provide a positive local environment that encourages the success and growth of festivals and cultural and sporting events. These activities are coordinated by Event Central, the City’s one-stop shop for organizers of events in the nation's capital. Event Central includes SEAT, the Special Events Advisory Team, which helps planners ensure their events are successful, safe, and contribute positively to the city and its residents.
David Vesey receives Mayor’s City Builder Award
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Mayor Jim Watson and Ward Councillor Jan Harder presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mr. David Vesey today for his outstanding volunteer service as a coach, trainer and mentor of children in the Barrhaven community who play league softball or hockey.
David is a retired teacher who taught science to local high-school students for 35 years.
He has been the president of the Barrhaven Children’s Softball League for the past 18 years. Under his leadership, the league has grown to the largest of its kind in Ontario.
He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service to the Nepean Minor Hockey Association. Over the past two years, he has completely revamped the league’s Initiation Program for its youngest players, ages 4 to 6, and is the head instructor for the program. He has brought fun, interactive activities and unique teaching aids to the Initiation Program to help engage and motivate young hockey players.
He has also been the children’s activity coordinator for Barrhaven’s Canada Day celebrations for the past two years.
The Mayor’s City Builder Award is a civic honour created by Mayor Watson to recognize an individual, group or organization that has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making our city a better place today and for the future. This may include lifelong service, outstanding acts of kindness, inspiring charitable work, community building or other exemplary achievements. Individuals, groups or organizations may be nominated by members of City Council or the public. The award is presented at the beginning of each City Council meeting.
New Park and Ride Opens in Barrhaven
Friday, February 21, 2014
On Monday, February 24, a new Park and Ride lot will open in Barrhaven at Nepean Woods Transit Station, near the corner of Woodroffe Avenue and Strandherd Drive. The lot will offer free parking for more than 300 vehicles, which will help meet the demand by transit riders.
- 342 free parking spaces
- Frequent bus service seven days a week
- New passenger shelters
- Bike shelter and new cycling path connections
- Accessible parking, sidewalks and benches
- Drop off / pick up zone
- Emergency call boxes and closed circuit video cameras (CCTV) with live monitoring
Bus service at Nepean Woods Station is provided by Route 94, which operates seven days a week and every 15 minutes in most time periods on weekdays, with service to downtown via the Transitway. Additional service is provided by Route 176, seven days a week, which operates along Merivale Road to Tunney’s Pasture.
Nepean Woods will supplement the 2,000 parking spaces already available at Fallowfield and Strandherd Park and Ride lots. In future, Nepean Woods can be expanded to 765 spaces to keep pace with the community’s growing needs.
Automated schedule information for Nepean Woods Station is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus 3048. For travel planning assistance, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.
Paint it Up! mural program reduces graffiti through art
Thursday, February 20, 2014
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 fifth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for community groups and at-risk youth to create murals in areas of the city that are experiencing high rates of graffiti vandalism. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.
Since its inception in 2010, the program has led to the creation of 33 murals citywide. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in managing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.
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 CPO@Ottawa.ca.
Information sessions will be held on the following dates:
Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Place: Colonel By Room, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue, West
Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Place: Atrium Room, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave
City of Ottawa again among nation's top diversity employers
Monday, February 10, 2014
For the third consecutive year, the City of Ottawa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in a national competition that recognizes leaders in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. The winners were announced in a special feature published in today’s Globe and Mail.
“Ottawa is a city composed of diverse backgrounds and cultures and it is only sensible that we continue our efforts to reflect this diversity in the workplace,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I am proud that the City of Ottawa has been recognized for its commitment to protect and promote equality and diversity, not just once, but consistently, year after year.”
Employers recognized as being one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers were chosen based on a range of diversity and inclusive initiatives. Among the initiatives that earned the City of Ottawa this recognition in 2014 are:
- Since 2004, Hosting AccessAbility Day, an annual celebration of accessibility and inclusion
- Providing an equity and diversity award to recognize the individual and group efforts of its employees to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace
- Managing an Aboriginal Working Committee in partnership with the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition to address Aboriginal employment issues
- Working with Algonquin College's Aboriginal Student Office to share information about the city's summer student employment program
“We are continuing our efforts to remove barriers and improve the diversity and accessibility of City services,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “The City has developed a number of exciting initiatives to increase awareness, create an inclusive workplace and increase the representation of people from diverse groups in our workforce. We will continue to strive to maintain a diverse, high performing client-centric workforce in the years ahead.”
The competition, now in its eighth year, is held by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation’s largest publisher of specialty employment periodicals and guides. The company also runs Canada’s Top 100 Employers, alongside 19 other regional and special-interest competitions.
The City of Ottawa has also been named:
- One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2014
- One of Canada’s Top Family Friendly Employers for 2014
- One of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for 2014
Family Day schedule changes
Monday, February 10, 2014
The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Family Day (Monday, February 17).
Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open on Family Day for the Mayor’s Annual Family Day Skating Party, weather permitting.
Most recreation facilities will be modifying their hours of operation on Monday, February 17. There may be changes to schedules and program cancellations in order to provide special programming for the Family Day holiday. Additional swimming and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check schedules at ottawa.ca or with the facility of your choice.
Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 18.
The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 18.
The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY): 613-580-2401.
Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:
There will be no curbside green bin , recycling or garbage collection on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 18. In addition, the collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of February 17. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
There will be no multi-residential bulky items, green bin and recycling container collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 18. Collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of February 17. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of February 17.
The Trail Road landfill site is closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17.
OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions on Monday, February 17. Special school trip routes numbered in the 600s and Route 201 will not operate. The O-Train schedule will remain unchanged. A family may travel all day with a $7.95 DayPass, which can be purchased from the bus operator when you board. A family includes up to six people with a maximum of two aged 13 or older. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.
OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on February 17, except the Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The OC Transpo Telephone Information Centre (613‑741‑4390) will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.
SITE program – SITE office at 179 Clarence Street is closed, however, the Site mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Dental Clinics – Closed
Well Baby Drop-in – Closed
Pinhey’s Point Historic Site, Nepean Museum and Shenkman’s Arts Centre are open for Family Day events.
City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres,Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Billings Estate National Historic Site will be closed on Family Day. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.
The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed on Saturday, February 15 and Monday, February 17 for the Family Day weekend.
Municipal child care services:
City-operated Child Care Centres are closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17.
Ottawa Public Library:
All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 17. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 18.
Upcoming ramp closures and lane reductions on Highways 417 and 174
Friday, February 07, 2014
Starting Sunday, February 9 until Sunday, February 16, there will be off peak lane reductions on Highway 417 in both directions between Nicholas Street and the Highway 417/174 split. The following additional lane reductions will occur:
- Hwy 417 westbound near Parkdale Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Hwy 417 eastbound lane reductions will extend from the Highway 417/174 split to Bronson Avenue on Tuesday, February 11, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Hwy 417 eastbound lane reductions will extend from the Highway 417/174 split to O’Connor Street on Tuesday, February 11, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Hwy 174 in both directions east of Blair Road, overnight and between 1 a.m. and 2 p.m.
In addition to the above lane reductions, the southbound Vanier Parkway on-ramp to Hwy 417 westbound will be closed nightly from Sunday, February 9 until Saturday, February 15.
Signage will be in place to advise drivers of these traffic and road changes. Motorists are also reminded to respect the reduced speed limits and use caution when travelling through construction zones. Many of these construction elements are weather-dependant and may be implemented later than the dates given.
This work is being done as part of the Highway 417 expansion project, which began in May, and will add an additional lane in each direction between Nicholas Street and the Split. The additional lane will be used for bus rapid transit during the 2015 to 2018 phase of the Confederation Line construction.
With all of the construction-related activities underway, residents are encouraged to be flexible with commuting times, stagger work hours or use other alternative means for travel. The public is asked to consider options such as transit, walking, cycling or carpooling.
The City of Ottawa has tools on ottawa.ca to help motorists and transit users plan their routes and manage their commute including:
• OttawaNav – the City’s mobile application for real time construction and traffic information.
• City of Ottawa Traffic Report – outlining citywide road closures, traffic restrictions and detours
• Travel Planner at octranspo.com – transit users can chart and plan routes
• Interactive traffic map – showing construction areas and live traffic cams throughout the city
• Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) cameras along Highway 417
• Cycling maps and information – detailing bicycle pathways and lanes throughout the city
Further details and other information concerning City road works are available on ottawa.ca.
City to name outdoor rink in honour of Ted Hay
Friday, February 07, 2014
Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jan Harder will officially name an outdoor rink at 700 Longfields Drive Ted Hay Rink at a ceremony on Saturday, February 8.
Ted Hay was a tireless volunteer and inspirational hockey coach who had a lasting influence and impact on his community and the people who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Ted devoted much of his time to sharing his love for hockey with others, particularly through coaching in the Nepean Girls Hockey Association and the Nepean Minor Hockey League. He was also active in local men’s hockey for over two decades.
Ted was also a Boy Scout leader, a volunteer on local radio stations CFRA and Majic 100, and an active participant in the annual Toy Mountain initiative.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: South Nepean Park Field House, 700 Longfields Drive
The naming of the Ted Hay Rink was established through the City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Policy.
Free public Wi-Fi access coming to 25 City facilities
Friday, February 07, 2014
Free Wi-Fi access will soon be available to the public at 25 City facilities, thanks to a five-year sponsorship agreement unveiled today between the City of Ottawa and IceNet Wireless, an Ottawa-based wireless internet company and a division of EION Inc. This is the latest sponsorship under the City’s Community Champions Program.
The City of Ottawa issued a request for proposals last year seeking a company to provide no-cost Wi-Fi service while generating revenue for the City. The winning proposal by IceNet Wireless met these criteria and included a guaranteed $315,000 in revenue over five years for the City and bilingual support for Wi-Fi users.
“Ottawa residents have been calling for Wi-Fi access in City buildings and today we are able to answer that call,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This Community Champions partnership gives residents a service they need, at no cost to the City, and generates $63,000 in revenue per year. It is truly a win-win deal.”
Services will be installed over the coming months in several recreation complexes and community centres across the city as well as the ByWard Market Building, Ben Franklin Place and City Hall. The 25 locations will all be online by July.
“The new Wi-Fi service will allow parents to work or check their e-mail while waiting for their children to finish up activities at their neighbourhood arena or swimming pool,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. “This makes our recreation facilities more functional for families and provides a higher level of customer service to all users of our facilities.”
“Whether at work or at play, Ottawa residents want to stay connected to each other and to the world, and technology helps us do that” said Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Information Technology Sub-committee. “I’m pleased that upgrades to our City’s infrastructure, like this one, help give Ottawa residents that connectivity they deserve.”
“I’m very pleased that IceNet is able to work with the City of Ottawa to provide public WiFi access,” said Kalai Kalaichelvan, CEO of IceNet Wireless. “We will also launch a Multi Media platform that includes high definition digital displays, online access and web services, allowing businesses to better connect and communicate with Ottawa residents. I am proud that IceNet Wireless is the latest Community Champions Partner and I look forward to seeing this partnership grow.”
The Community Champions Program is a partnership initiative that invites businesses, community organizations, foundations and individuals to sponsor City of Ottawa facilities, programs, services and community initiatives.
The 25 facilities due to receive free Wi-Fi in the coming months are:
- Ben Franklin Place/Centrepointe
- Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex
- ByWard Market Building
- François Dupuis Recreation Centre
- Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven
- Goulbourn Recreation Complex
- Greenboro Community Centre
- Heron Road Community Centre
- Hunt Club – Riverside Community Centre
- Jack Purcell Community Centre
- Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
- Kanata Leisure Centre
- Kanata Recreation Complex
- Nepean Sportsplex
- Ottawa City Hall
- Overbrook Community Centre
- Plant Recreation Centre
- Pinecrest Recreation Complex
- Ray Friel Recreation Complex
- Richcraft Recreation Complex
- Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre
- Ron Kolbus-Lakeside Gardens
- Splash Wave Pool
- St-Laurent Complex
- Walter Baker Sports Complex
Rideau River ice breaking set to begin February 10
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Ice breaking operations on the Rideau River will begin February 10 between Rideau Falls and Hog’s Back. Blasting will follow starting on March 1.
The City, in partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, undertakes ice breaking operations each year to alleviate possible spring flooding in flood-prone areas. Once started, these operations will be carried out daily, weather and ice conditions permitting.
Ice breaking operations will create open water. Residents are asked to remain a reasonable distance from the river until operations are completed, and to supervise children around water.
For more information, please call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
Three City buildings closed today
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Ben Franklin Place, Mary Pitt Centre and the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre have been closed today as a precaution due to a strong natural gas odour in both buildings. The buildings will open again for normal business hours tomorrow.
Ben Franklin Place is located at 101 Centrepointe Drive. Mary Pitt Centre is located next door on 100 Constellation Crescent. The James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre is located nearby at 100 Tallwood Drive.
The closure affects all other city services at these locations including the following:
• Ottawa Public Library – Centrepointe branch
• Centrepointe Theatre
• Ottawa Public Health immunization clinic
• Central branch of the City Archives.
The closure also affects over-the-counter business of the following City departments, some of which can be conducted at alternate locations:
• Committee of Adjustment
• Building Code Services
• Social Services
• Right of Way Permit
• Client Services
In addition, the following call centres will be closed and will reopen tomorrow:
• Revenue Branch line
• Social services application and benefits line
For those attempting to reach the Ottawa Public Health Information Line (OPHIL), please leave a message and your call will be returned.
The Ontario Provincial offences court, located at Mary Pitt Centre, is also affected by today’s closure.
For any updates to this information follow the City of Ottawa’s twitter account, @ottawacity.
Confederation Line tunnel construction reaches ten percent milestone
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Mining of the 2.5 kilometre tunnel for the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project is proceeding on time and on budget with 10% of the tunnel excavation now complete.
At the West Portal in LeBreton Flats, the machine named Jawbreaker has carved out 228 metres of tunnel and is currently digging under Queen Street just west of Bay Street. At the East Portal near uOttawa and Laurier Avenue East, Crocodile Rouge has mined 22 metres towards Rideau Street. Mining at the Central Shaft near Queen and Kent streets by the machine called Chewrocka has just begun over the last two weeks with 7 metres of the gallery that will lead from the construction shaft to the tunnel excavated to date.
“It is a pleasure to see that this project is proceeding on track,” said Ottawa—Orléans MP Royal Galipeau. “I am confident that this important federal investment of up to $761.5 million dollars for transit will be well spent and deliver great results for Ottawa residents, the business community and our visitors from across Canada and around the world.”
“The Province of Ontario is a proud supporter of Ottawa’s Confederation Line, and I am pleased to see that construction is moving forward on schedule,” said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa Centre. “This project will help move people quickly and efficiently across our city, improve air quality, and benefit generations to come.”
“Four years ago, the future and the budget of this project were uncertain. Today, we have reached a major milestone for tunnel construction,” said Mayor Watson, who announced that the City was approaching the 10% mark in his annual State of the City Address. “I’m very pleased with the progress that we’ve made to date, less than one year after the final contract was signed.”
The Confederation Line is a $2.1 billion project that is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The Government of Canada is contributing $600 million through the Building Canada Fund. The City of Ottawa will also allocate up to $161.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to this project. The Government of Ontario is contributing up to $600 million. In addition, the City of Ottawa will allocate $287 million of Provincial Gas Tax receipts to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.
This project is the first stage in Ottawa’s future rail network. The 12.5-kilometre electric light rail system replaces existing diesel powered buses, providing rapid transit between Blair Station in the east and Tunney’s Pasture in the west. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will alleviate congestion through the downtown core. For more information, visit ottawa.ca.