Ottawa Rural Summit 2024

WARD 5 :
West Carleton - March

The Rural Summit 2024 Survey is still open and will remain open until 1 September 2024.


Getting Ready for Ottawa Rural Summit 2024

In the News

Watch the CTV interview of Councilors Clark and Brown by Stefan Keyes:

Summary: Councillor Kelly's Ward 5 Rural Summit Workshop


Councillor Kelly's Statement:
On Saturday, June 1st, we had a very busy day at the West Carleton Community Complex as we hosted the Ward 5 Rural Summit Workshop as part of the first rural summit in 15 years.

We spent two sessions between 9-5 discussing a range of topics affecting rural residents and heard directly from residents on how the City can do better for residents of Ward 5 and all of rural Ottawa.

I would like to thank the Ward 5 resident working group members Shirley Dolan and Ken Homes for their amazing efforts to help organize this event, the City staff who took their Saturday to be here, and of course the many residents who came out to take part. Now we look toward the Rural Summit this fall and the actions that follow.

Thank you to Mayor Mark Sutcliffe for joining us and for his support on this initiative.

Thank you to my awesome rural council colleagues for all their efforts in making this a success so far and to some of my non-rural council colleagues for coming to West Carleton-March yesterday to listen to rural concerns.

If you missed our Ward 5 Rural Summit Workshop on Saturday, you can still provide input here:

You can also view the video from the workshops here: 
 that contains:
  • opening remarks
  • the Mayor's comments on his support of the Rural Summit
  • City Staff telling us what they heard from Ward 5 residents at the workshops
  • Councillor Kelly's closing remarks

From Councillor Kelly's 21 March Newsletter: 

As Vice-Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I'm pleased to announce the launch of the Rural Summit 2024 survey, an initiative designed to gather insights from our rural communities.

The Rural Summit 2024 aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities encountered in our rural areas. To ensure that our discussions and workshops are tailored to your specific needs, we're seeking your input through this survey.

Your participation is crucial as it will help shape the content and focus of the Ward 5-specific workshop that my office will be hosting on June 1st, 2024 (more details coming soon). This is one of several rural workshops being held across the city and will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions on local issues and brainstorming solutions.

The outcomes of these workshops will be integral in shaping the agenda for the Rural Summit 2024, slated for November. Your input will directly contribute to the development of strategies aimed at enhancing the well-being and prosperity of our rural communities. Your opinion matters, and we value your insights. Please take a few moments to complete the survey using this link:

For more information about the Rural Summit 2024, including updates and details about the event, please visit

Thank you for your participation and support. Together, we can work towards a brighter future for our rural communities.



"Ensuring rural residents feel included in the decisions we make as a city"

See Mayor Sutcliffe's 6 March 2023 YouTube:

" I want to make sure that rural residents feel included in the decisions we make as a city. You should not feel like people at city hall are deciding how you should operate your farms or live your lives or that your unique needs are being overlooked..."


Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Hears Update on Rural  Summit.

4 April 2024

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today received a presentation showing progress towards a planned rural summit in November. summit will be an opportunity to discuss how the City can improve the services it provides to the residents and communities of rural Ottawa.

To gather insight about how rural residents access services, the City is collecting information via a survey and consultations in Ottawa’s rural wards. The following in-person workshops are planned:

April 10 at 7 pm – Ward 19 workshop at Navan Memorial Centre and Arena (1295 Colonial Road)
April 19 at 7 pm – Ward 19 workshop at Sarsfield Community Hall (3585 Sarsfield Road). Bilingual workshop to be conducted primarily in French.
April 24 at 7 pm – Ward 20 workshop at Greely Community Centre (1448 Meadow Drive)
April 29 at 6:30 pm – Ward 21 workshop at Alfred Taylor Recreation Center (2300 Community Way). There will also be a drop-in session between 1 and 4 pm.
May 27 at 7 pm – Ward 1 workshop at R.J. Kennedy Community Centre and Arena (1115 Dunning Road)
June 1 at 9 am – Ward 5 workshop at West Carleton Community Complex (5670 Carp Road)

These workshops will help identify the challenges facing rural communities and highlight potential opportunities that could be addressed at the summit. All consultations and outreach will inform the agenda for Rural Summit 2024