Ward Boundary Review

Ward boundaries are reviewed from time to time to balance population numbers and achieve effective representation. Ottawa has seen a large population growth since the last major ward boundary review 15 years ago, particularly in suburban wards outside the Greenbelt. At the end of 2019, Kanata North had a population of 38,497 compared to Barrhaven’s population of 62,848. The City is currently embarking on the 2020 Ward Boundary Review. This review will establish boundaries that will be implemented for the next municipal election in 2022. 

A third-party consulting team was engaged and has created six different options that re-align the ward boundaries. City staff have created an interactive map that shows each new option. 

Option Highlights 

Option One 

  • This Option has 13 urban wards, 9 suburban wards and 3 rural wards and increases the size of Council by two members. The average ward population is 46,000 for the 2026 target year. This possibility adds one urban ward in the core area and adds two suburban wards, one in Ottawa East and one in Ottawa South. This option has minimal impact on the Kanata North boundary. 

Option Two 

  • This Option has 12 urban wards, 9 suburban wards and three rural wards and increases the size of Council by one. The average ward population is 47,900 for the 2026 target year. This is considered as the Option that requires the least boundary adjustments, while still addressing the growth in suburban Ottawa. The Option 2 suburban and rural ward boundaries are the same as in Option 1 and has minimal impact on Kanata North. 

Option Three 

  • This Option has 11 urban wards, 9 suburban wards and 3 rural wards and maintains the same number of wards we currently have. The average ward population is 50,000 for the 2026 target year. This Option would see the most changes in the closer to the urban core and no changes in the Kanata North ward boundary. 

Option Four 

  • Similar to Option 3, this Option also has 11 urban wards, 9 suburban wards and 3 rural wards and maintains the current number of wards. The average ward population is 50,000 for the 2026 target year. This Option would see the most changes in the closer to the urban core and no changes in the Kanata North ward boundary. 

Option Five 

  • This Option has 9 urban wards, 6 suburban wards and 2 rural wards and decreases the number of wards to 17. The average ward population is 67,600 for the 2026 target year. Option five would create the largest change for Kanata North, as the ward would significantly grow into Stittsville and Kanata South.  

Option Six 

  • This Option has 12 urban wards, 9 suburban wards and 3 rural wards and maintains the same number of wards we currently have. The average ward population is 47,900 for the 2026 target year. Option six would not change the boundary for Kanata North.