Ottawa to expand its urban area

Ottawa City Hall (Global Korean Post photo)


Ottawa to expand its urban area


May 29, 2020

Global Korean Post


Ottawa’s population is expected to grow by 400,000 new residents by 2046. To meet the increase in housing demand, City Council on May 27 approved a growth management strategy to expand Ottawa’s urban area by 1,281 hectares of new residential lands and to have 60 per cent of new dwellings be built in already developed areas by 2046.


A decision on adding between 69 and 369 hectares of employment lands has been deferred until staff complete the required studies.


This balanced growth scenario will provide greater housing diversity within built-up areas, particularly near existing or planned transit hubs, along with sufficient housing supply outside the Greenbelt. This complements the City’s goal to expand the number of 15-minute neighbourhoods in Ottawa – communities where people can live without a car because daily needs are all within a 15-minute walk of home.


The strategy will inform the new Official Plan, which will guide development and growth in Ottawa until 2046.