The goal of community development is to improve quality of life and create mutual benefit and shared responsibility among community members. Community Development aims to strengthen communities by working towards social justice, poverty reduction, food access and advocacy.
- Work with community groups to promote health and well-being.
- Work with communities to identify and respond to emerging needs.
- Support community members in social action initiatives.
- Work in partnership with community members to create activities that promote leadership and community awareness.
- Work in several urban, suburban and rural communities to promote inclusion and diversity.
- Work in partnership with: community members, service providers and stakeholders to enhance community capacity building and civic engagement as we believe that Community Development is rooted in social justice, equality, dignity and participatory decision making.
Click here to see a copy of the Ottawa Community Wellbeing report 2018 that was commissioned by the Coalition of Community Health and Resources Centres.
Click below to find out about our many community development initiatives:
The Community Development Coordinator offers tax clinics in late winter to help individuals and families with an income less than $35,000 with the most current income tax return.
This service is offered in partnership with Chartered General Accountants – Ottawa Branch.
The Community Development Coordinator engages community members in opportunities for participation in the Municipal, Provincial and Federal political system and builds awareness around civic participation.
Making Voices Count at City Hall
Good Food for All - Fact Sheet
Who Does What?
WHERE GOVERNMENTS GET THEIR MONEY?
Civic Engagement Kit
This kit encourages the long-term civic engagement of residents. It helps residents bring community concerns to the attention of City decision-makers so that positive change happens. In using this kit, we can influence and bring positive change for the health and wellbeing of all Ottawa residents.
We especially want to engage residents whose voices are least likely to be heard by City decision makers, including women from diverse backgrounds, people who are racialized, Aboriginal, LGBTQ+, newcomers, older adults, youth, people living with a disability, and/or people living in poverty and rural residents.
The Community Development Coordinator provides community consultations regarding the Municipal, Provincial and Federal proposed budgets.
The Community Development Coordinator works with community members, groups and associations to advocate on behalf of: affordable housing, access to food, health, transportation, poverty reduction, and a liveable wage.
Poverty Reduction Summit
Poverty Reduction Summit Highlights 2015
Summary of Poverty Reduction Summit
Twitter Link - Poverty Reduction
COALITION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH AND RESOURCE CENTRES:
The Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres of Ottawa (CHRC) is a network of multi-service, community-based health and resource centres, which recognizes the importance of responding to the diversity of needs within local communities and pays particular attention to those members of the community who are most vulnerable and at risk.
The Community Developers belong to the CD Network and meet monthly to work on our City wide work-plan.
COMMUNITY GROUP CONSULTATION:
The Community Development Coordinator is available for consultation and support for local community groups, associations and initiatives. Consultation is a supportive approach that aims to strengthen the group.
Consultation themes may include; safety, transportation, resident engagement, youth initiatives, employment, access to healthy food.
The Community Development Coordinator organizes special initiatives in order to engage & empower the community (movies in the park, workshops, drop ins).
CARLSBAD SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTRE:
(6020 Eighth Line Rd, Carlsbad Springs) Rural outreach
SOUTH EAST COMMUNITY ROOM:
(2700 Saratoga Place) Neighborhood Capacity building & resident engagement
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK, MAKING VOTES COUNT, RURAL ISSUES COLLECTIVE, COMMUNITY DEVELOPERS & COMMUNITY POLICE SUBCOMMITTEE & HUNGER POVERTY WORKING GROUP:
Neighbourhood Capacity Building in the Donald St/ Cyrville community & the Blackburn Hamlet Community.
Working with community leaders to develop neighborhood capacity and engagement.