Share and view ideas: Ottawa River watershed study

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current status: Open

Opened on January 25, 2018.  Will close to new input on April 27, 2018.

This study is gathering current knowledge about the Ottawa River watershed, and how best to protect, manage and conserve it, in response to Private Member’s Motion M-104, which was passed by the House of Commons in May 2017.

Join in: how to participate

Environment and Climate Change Canada will be using meetings, social media, emails and PlaceSpeak, an online engagement platform, to hear from the public on issues related to the Ottawa River watershed. To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, read our study’s privacy statement.

Visit our online site

Find storyboards, maps, and other documents on the Ottawa River watershed study page on PlaceSpeak. Learn more about this watershed. Follow what others are saying about the Ottawa River. 

Join the conversation

Register on the Ottawa River watershed study page on PlaceSpeak to share your views, to answer the study questions, to upload your documents or photos, and to connect with others who want to protect this watershed. This short video shows you how to register, step by step.

Send us an email

Submit your ideas or your input to the email address, in contact information.

Participate on Twitter

Follow @environmentca on Twitter. Send us your short comments or ideas using the hashtag #ottawariver.

Participate by mail

Send your ideas and input to the address in contact information.

Participate in person

Come to an open door meeting in Ottawa on February 8, or in Gatineau on March 1, to find out more about the study.   

Who is the focus of this consultation

The Government of Canada wants to hear from:

  • Canadians living in the watershed or relying on the watershed
  • Indigenous People who live within or near the watershed
  • Non-government organizations
  • Businesses and Industry associations
  • Academics and researchers
  • Diverse groups representing identity factors like gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, mental or physical disability
  • Other interested citizens

Key questions for discussion

  • What is your main connection to the Ottawa River Watershed?
  • What do you value most about it?
  • Do you have any specific concerns about this watershed?
  • Is there something happening in the Ottawa River watershed that we need to know about for this study?
  • What is needed to assist those involved in managing the watershed to collaborate more effectively? 
  • Should a new collaborative body be created to manage the Ottawa River watershed?
  • How should historical, cultural, natural and economic values be represented in watershed governance?
  • Are there existing citizen science initiatives we should be aware of?
  • Motion M-104 identifies some themes for assessing and monitoring the health of the Ottawa River watershed.  Are there other themes or specific indicators that should be considered?
  • Where are the information gaps related to the health of the Ottawa River watershed?

The input gathered through this process will be used to develop options for how best to manage, protect and conserve this watershed.

  • Consult the resources we have gathered about the Ottawa River watershed before you participate.

Attend a meeting


Location Date and time Venue
Ottawa Thursday, February 8, 2018, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. 40 Elgin Street, 2nd floor (National Capital Commission Urbanism Lab)


Thursday, March 1, 2018, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. 25 Laurier Street (Salle des Fêtes)

Environment and Climate Change Canada will also be hosting invitation-only meetings and webinars from January through March, with Indigenous communities, the provincial governments of Quebec and Ontario, environmental non-government organizations, and industry groups, among others. Dates and locations of upcoming meetings will be posted as they are arranged.

Contact us

Ottawa River Watershed Study
Environment and Climate Change Canada
200 Sacré-Coeur Blvd, FON-1318
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3


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