Ottawa Civic Hospital update to GACA residents – December 2017

Please find below information regarding public engagement efforts regarding the Civic Hospital. This marks the beginning of the engagement and consultation process with the Ottawa Hospital, and your participation could help inform planning in later stages.


In-person Information Sessions & Q&A

  • Monday, Dec 11: 7-8:45 p.m. Old Town Hall Upstairs room (61 Main St – Old Ottawa East)

The information sessions will cover health care needs and planning, the design of modern health centres and how to engage in the planning process, and will include a Q&A session with experts and hospital representatives.

For more information, see:  

Online Engagement

The hospital is looking for input as to what should be considered in the planning process. You can submit your ideas here:

These considerations will help inform the work of a Community and Patient Working Group that will be established in 2018. Note, that you can also subscribe to their newsletter through this page.

Should you wish to engage further

These sessions may provide an opportunity to raise some of the key issues raised by GACA, such as:


  • Can an increased height be considered, like many modern inner city hospitals have done, in order to save precious greenspace?
  • Is there any chance to save Queen Juliana Park or any of the public greenspace located beyond the Sir John Carling Building?
  • Will the DARA Tennis courts be preserved?
  • Will there be any public pathways to connect our communities to the Arboretum via the hospital grounds?

Flora and Fauna/Landscape Architecture:

  • Will there be any priority to not harm the abundance of animals living on these lands, including possible relocation?
  • Will there be a consideration to create underpasses for animals linking the Arboretum to hospital greenspace and the remaining Agricultural lands?
  • Will there be an effort to preserve the hundreds of trees? Perhaps a buffer perimeter and new plantings?
  • Once greenspace is lost, it is lost forever. What measures will the hospital take to ensure that as much as possible of the greenspace remain greenspace?


  • Is the hospital considering multi-storey parking in order to reduce its footprint?
  • How does the hospital plan to mitigate the impact on local businesses by removing parking spaces, particularly during festivals and eventssuch as the Tulip Festival, Winterlude, and various other festivals in Little Italy?

Traffic Volume, Management & Safety/Access:

  • How will traffic be managed so the flow of traffic in and out of the hospital will not impact regular traffic?
  • How will the hospital encourage staff and patient visitors to use public transportation to the new campus?

Air Pollution & Quality, Noise Pollution, Wind, Light Reflection and Safety/Design:

  • Will the hospital’s design include considerations for issues such as avoiding a wind tunnel effect or creating excessive noise for the surrounding community?

Integration & Encroachment:

  • How will the hospital integrate into our community?

Submit your thoughts/concerns:

Please also consider writing to the City of Ottawa’s planning department, our City Councillor David Chernushenko, MPP Yasir Naqvi, and MP Catherine McKenna if you have concerns about this project:

Address to:

Mr. Sean Moore
Senior Planner III
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
City of Ottawa
Phone: 613-580-2424 x16481
Fax: 613-580-2576


Councillor David Chernushenko
110 Laurier Avenue West,
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J1
Phone: 613-580-2487

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi
109 Catherine Street
Ottawa, ON  K2P 0P4
Phone: 613-722-6414
Fax: 613-722-6703

For issues surrounding the Central Experimental Farm:

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Centre Block, Suite 433C
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-996-5322