Image descriptionCouncillor Stéphanie Plante chats with the host of CTV Morning, Rosey Edeh. Both sitting on cozy stools in front of a big screen, they discuss the call to spread out city services.
Photograph courtesy of the CTV Ottawa
View the full interview here

Come visit us!

We will be at Richelieu Vanier Centre (300, Pères Blancs Avenue, Vanier) on
Thursday, January 26th from 11 AM to 2 PM

Save the date! Budget Consultations for Ward 12 are February 23rd at 7 PM
More information coming soon, thank you! 

Picture description – Councillor Stéphanie Plante smiles with Councilor Steve Moran, who represents Hull-Gatineau in front of the local italian grocery store La Bottega, standing outside and dressed warmly for the cold weather.
Photograph courtesy of the Cameron Stahlbrand

Picture descriptionCouncillor Plante listens with care while Bryden Denyes, Supervisor of Road Conditions with the City of Ottawa explains to the team the steps to follow while dealing with snow clearing, standing in the hallway of their offices. Samuel Dent, Assistant to the Councilor, asks questions to pass on the information.
Photography courtesy of Nicholas Heisler

March break activities are here! 

The new year may have just started, but it’s already time to start making plans for March Break, scheduled for March 13-17. You can explore March Break programs and camps starting next Monday, January 9 on the City’s new registration system If you haven’t done so already, be sure to create your account before online registration opens on Wednesday, January 25 at 9 pm

March Break camps include a wide variety of activities, offered in English and French for children aged 4-14 years old. You can choose from both in-person and virtual camp options where children can learn new or enhance existing skills in activities such as skating, swimming, basketball, hockey, painting, drawing, junior science, cooking and babysitting.

With City of Ottawa Camp Energy and Camp Adventure, kids can get creative with crafts, sing songs, play interactive games and make new friends. Inclusive programming for all ages is also available. Through the new registration system, you can explore these camps and more by using filters for activity, time and day, age group, and location. 

To create a new account, you will be asked to submit your email address and create a password. Fill in the form with your information and add other family members to your account. Saving your credit card information (Visa, Mastercard or American Express) in advance will also save you valuable time.

When preparing for registration day, it’s a good idea to browse and bookmark more than one of your preferred activities by creating a wish list for easy retrieval during registration. If your first choice is full, you can quickly get to your second or third choices.

A reminder that if you have an active membership (fitness, swimming, sport, etc.) or had 2022 Ottawa Hand in Hand financial assistance, your account was transferred and you will need to recover your password. Select “Forgot your password?” on the sign in page and request a password reset to receive a reset link in your email inbox.

The new registration system will continue to evolve and improve. Your comments and ideas are welcome as we continue our path forward to enhance your customer experience and keep you and your family active and engaged.

For more information on City programs and services, visit, call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or 613-580-2400 to contact the City using Canada Video Relay Service. You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram

The Council on Aging of Ottawa – Snow Moles 2023

SNOW MOLES are volunteers who report on what it is like to walk outside on a winter day.

You are invited to ensure healthy, accessible, and safe winter walking conditions in Ottawa, by becoming a SNOW MOLE and completing a Winter Walkability and Pedestrian Safety Questionnaire. Your answers will be part of a 2023 Winter Walking in Ottawa: Snow Moles Report shared with the City of Ottawa for better understanding of the safety of winter walking in Ottawa.

Instructions for Age-Friendly Ottawa SNOW MOLES
1. When you go out for an errand or a walk, please use the Snow Mole Questionnaire to note features and conditions that are “safe” (e.g., a bench cleared of snow) as well as “unsafe” (e.g., snow piled up in intersections).

2. We encourage you to take and submit photos of both safe and unsafe features and conditions. If possible, include street signs in your photo. Send photos to

3. Complete the questionnaire online or drop off/mail it to: The Council on Aging of Ottawa 217-815 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7.

Picture descriptionCouncillor Plante smiles, sitting besides Reverend Attagutsiak and Reverend McFarland to enjoy a Sunday community meal following the eucharistic services in Inuktitut at St Margaret’s Church in Vanier last Sunday.
Photography courtesy of Alan Neff

An update on project laws 109 and 23 

As you know, municipalities in Ontario have been subjected to a number of legislative changes as a result of the Provincial government’s More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan that was released in 2019.  Bills 109 and 23 were introduced and passed by the Province in 2022.  And on November 4, 2022, the Minister of Municipal Affairs approved (with 30 modifications), the new City of Ottawa Official Plan as adopted by Council in 2021. 
These are changes to the planning process over which the City has no say, and the city will have to adjust its planning process to that dictated by the Province.  In the first Quarter of 2023 City Staff will be coordinating the integration of Official Plan amendments passed between adoption of the Official Plan and ministerial approval.
The new Official Plan as approved by the Minister can be found on the Official Plan Engage Ottawa website. To assist residents understand the changes City Staff are planning some public information sessions, which are outlined below.  
February 7 & 15 – Public Planning Primer
This session is open to the public and will provide an overview of the legislative and policy basis under which land-use planning decisions are made, the way policy documents are amended and how to make a development application. 
Registration will be open in the coming weeks here

March 7 – Public Open House 
This session is open to the public and will provide a high-level update on the City’s review of the impacts of Provincial Legislation and an overview of how the City is adapting as a result of these changes. Topics will include Bill 109, Bill 23, the Official Plan, and the impact on planning related matters. Registration can be done here.

Note registration for the March 7 open house is open now, and the registration for the February 7 &15 sessions will open soon.

Statement on the meeting with the Salvation Army 

This week, the Mayor and I met with the Ottawa Salvation Army Booth Centre’s Glenn van Gulik and Marc Provost to discuss their planned project in Vanier on Montreal Road. 

    • Our most vulnerable residents deserve the best of what a G7 capital can offer and throughout the pandemic we learned what housing models work and those that do not. 
    • There are projects that do work in Ottawa, that follow the Housing First model like Options Bytown and the John Howard Society – both of which the city supports through Ottawa Community Housing at locations in my ward.
    • The Salvation Army in Ottawa needs to apply the Housing First lessons learned from the successful approach to homelessness that the Salvation Army itself developed in Finland with the Y-Foundation
    • I encouraged the Salvation Army to share their plans and be transparent with the public. We also discussed the need for a real and meaningful consultation with Vanier residents and their community organizations to address the security concerns raised by the community, businesses and social services that neighbour the project.
    • There is a willingness in the community of Vanier to work with them on finding solutions.

I would like thank Mayor Sutcliffe and his staff who both organized and attended the meeting as well as Drew Dobson who accompanied me as a community witness.  A very special thanks to the residents of Vanier who have consistently elevated the discourse around homelessness and advocated without fail for better housing solutions for everyone.

Picture descriptionCouncillor Plante and Councilor Marty Carr smile while attending Carrément Allumé! which took place last weekend at le Carré de la Francophonie, located on Montreal Road.
Photography courtesy of Councilor Stéphanie Plante.