Study explores benefits of inter-connections



Tracey Tong/metro ottawa


No Community Left Behind youth Dommanic Deng, Jamie Laing and Tafari Williams, from left, show their work to Why Place Matters forum coordinator Anne Musiol yesterday.


A citywide study detailing the characteristics, strengths and needs of 86 Ottawa neighbourhoods could change the way the city delivers its services, a city official said.

Released yesterday at a forum held by the University of Ottawa, the United Way/Centraide Ottawa and the City of Ottawa, the study "will help us understand the difference between neighbourhoods and how we should deliver services," said director of housing Russell Mawby.

More than 90 people representing dozens of organizations and neighbourhoods attended the Why Place Matters: Discussing Ottawa’s Neighbourhood forum yesterday.

The ultimate goal of the project and the forum is to get organizations to coordinate their work and adopt place-based strategies for Ottawa neighbourhoods, said forum coordinator Anne Musiol.

"By coordinating efforts, organizations can have a more substantial impact and improve the places we all live," Musiol said.

"This project helps us to get a grasp on what is going on at the neighbourhood level," said Mawby. "This might change the way the city delivers a whole bunch of services."

The study also makes the connection between the neighbourhood you live in and your health. Neighbourhoods including Vanier, Overbrook, Ledbury-Heron Gate-Ridgemont, Riverside Park, Carleton Heights, Carlington, Little Italy and Hintonburg, labelled as disadvantaged, are worse off than the best-advantaged neighbourhoods including Island Park and the Glebe.


  • Every neighbourhood might have a community centre, but some aren’t getting as much use as others. So the way recreation is offered might be changed to benefit all local needs.