Rural Affairs Office

Your resource for everything rural in Ottawa

December 2015

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Snow Go Program

Need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter?

The Snow Go Program can help you! This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service.  The two programs are as follows:

  • The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.

  • The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.  Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per Term.

Check to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.


Update to the All Terrain Vehicle Trail Network Pilot Project in Osgoode Ward

In 2013 the City of Ottawa approved Temporary By-law 2013-199 to allow for a pilot project for all terrain vehicles (ATV) usage on selected municipal roads and road allowances in Osgoode Ward.

City Council, at the recommendation of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, has amended the by-law to extend the expiry date to November 30, 2017 to allow for a proper review of the impacts of the trail network. In addition, the by-law now permits additional types of vehicles that are permitted under provincial legislation, including “two-up” ATVs, side-by-side vehicles and utility terrain vehicles.

To learn more about the ATV Pilot Project for Osgoode Ward, please visit


Vintage Village of Lights at the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

The annual Vintage Village of Lights event began at the Cumberland Heritage Village museum on November 28th with the lighting of the Christmas tree. Our beautifully illuminated village has more than 30,000 lights that transform what you see during the day into a magical night-time sea of sparkle. Tour the village by horse-drawn wagon ride, learn the history of letters to Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies, enjoy activities like street hockey and sledding, and even see the big guy himself – Santa Claus!

This year brings a whole range of new activities to keep your tradition vibrant. Make a cut-out “putz” house, decorate gingerbread, and join us for story time during the “Nights Before Christmas” at the Vintage Village of Lights, which runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December from 3 pm to 8 pm until Sunday, December 20. For more information, visit

Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law Review

The City of Ottawa is reviewing the Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law 2005-439. Permanent signs identify buildings or properties, provide information on occupants or services offered at particular locations, advertise goods or services, or provide directional information.

The current By-law dates back to 2005 when the sign by-laws of the eleven pre-amalgamation municipalities, townships and villages that comprise the new City of Ottawa were consolidated.

Although there have been tweaks and technical amendments to the By-law since then, it is now time to take a broader view to make sure that signs in Ottawa meet key objectives for signage and that the By-law reflects emerging technologies and trends.

Three objectives for signage have been identified. These are outlined in a discussion paper that elaborates on each and which seeks public input on key questions.

  • Public Safety – the design, location, maintenance, and operation of signs should not pose a safety hazard for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

  • Good Design and Fit – signs should be compatible with their surroundings, reflect the City's overall planning and design objectives and contribute positively to a liveable built environment.

  • Economic Development – signs should contribute to the economic well-being of businesses and communities and assist wayfinding.

Visit and provide your input on the discussion paper by January 13, 2016.


Streetside Spot Application Deadline Extended

Do you have an idea to transform a parking spot into a vibrant public space? The Neighbourhood Connection Office is accepting applications for the Streetside spots pilot program until Feb 15, 2016. Questions? Email or contact Andrea Flowers at 613-580-2424 ext.16081.


Commemorative Naming Proposal: Allen Sadler Fire Station – (Ward 21 – Rideau-Goulbourn)

In recognition of Allen Sadler’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to rename the Ottawa Fire Station #83, located at 2352 Roger Stevens Drive, the “Allen Sadler Fire Station”.

A summary of the proposal, submitted by Joe McLaughlin, is provided below:

Allen Sadler has served the community of North Gower as a volunteer firefighter since 1965, receiving his 50 years of service award in 2015. He serves as a role model for younger firefighters and is known amongst his colleagues to be dependable, approachable and always willing to answer questions.

In 2005, Allen was recognized as the Station 83 Firefighter of the Year, an award that is voted on by all members of a fire station, and in 2014 he received the District Firefighter of the Year award.

In addition to serving his community as a volunteer firefighter for 50 years, Allen Sadler is also known as a pillar of North Gower’s business community, owning and operating P.O. Sadler & Son, a company founded by his father in the late 1930s.

If you would like to submit comments regarding this proposal or obtain further information, please visit Deadline: January 25, 2016.


Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. The fund:

  • increases opportunities for physical activity in sport and recreation by developing new programs or increasing access to existing programs to encourage individuals to become more active and keep those who are, engaged throughout their lives.

  • embeds physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity among individuals enabling them to make healthier activity choices.

  • strengthens the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development to provide enhanced service and quality programming.

Through the support of projects that deliver high-quality programs and policies, the OSRCF provides Ontarians with more opportunities to become physically active, including groups who experience barriers to participating and those who are traditionally less active. For more information, visit:


Rural Development Applications

Please see below for recently updated development applications in rural Ottawa, subject to public consultation. More information at

Ward 20 – Osgoode

8185 Marvelville Road


Zoning By-law Amendment

Zoning By-law in Effect

Dec 3, 2015

5640 Bank Street
7041 Mitch Owens Road
7107 Marco Street


Site Plan Control

Application Reactivated

Nov 5, 2015

1705 Old Prescott Road


Plan of Subdivision

OMB Package Sent

Oct 8, 2015

1705 Old Prescott Road


Zoning By-law Amendment

OMB Package Sent

Sep 28, 2015

3150 Rideau Road


Site Plan Control

Application File Pending

Jul 16, 2015

1240 Old Prescott Road


Plan of Subdivision

Application File Pending

Feb 12, 2015




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