Information session to offer look ahead at Ottawa demographics

Information session to offer look ahead at Ottawa demographics

Ottawa – Residents will have an opportunity to hear about new growth projections for population, housing and jobs at an information session on Thursday, September 29. The City will also present findings contained in the recently released Ottawa Employment Land Review final report.

The session will take place in Ottawa City Hall’s Festival Boardroom, main floor, 110 Laurier Avenue West, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m. You can register online at

The growth projections cover three key indicators: population, housing and jobs:

  • Population numbers are projected by examining three causes of change – births, deaths and migration in and out of the city. The overall projection is then broken down by age and gender.
  • Projected housing requirements are based on the population projection. Housing demand is estimated by looking at each age group and examining the type of dwelling they are most inclined to occupy. The estimate also takes vacancy rates and replacement of demolitions into account.
  • Job numbers are projected based on the Statistics Canada labour force survey participation rates by age and sex. The estimate is adjusted by the number of commuters to and from surrounding communities and the unemployment rate.

The City has extended the horizon of its projections from 2031 – the timeline used in the City’s Official Plan – to 2036, to align with provincial requirements.

Employment Land Review

The presentation will also provide information about a recent review of employment lands – vacant land areas that are designated in the City’s Official Plan for such economic activities as manufacturing, warehousing and offices.

Residents will learn about the review’s final report, which recommends the City free up certain lands for other uses, and adopt a one-city perspective, where employment growth benefits the entire city regardless of where it happens.

A brief overview with highlights of the new growth projections will be ready for the next Planning Committee meeting. That meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27 at Ottawa City Hall, Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

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