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Useful Links in Efforts to Protect Greenspace

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Autonomous Voluntary Organizations

    Local (Ottawa, Gatineau, Ottawa Valley, Outaouais)

    Provincial (Ontario, Québec)


Government-Supported Voluntary Organizations

    Local (Ottawa, Gatineau, Ottawa Valley, Outaouais)

    Provincial (Ontario, Québec)



    Local (Ottawa, Gatineau, Ottawa Valley, Outaouais; including the NCC)

    Provincial (Ontario, Québec)


Other (including Foundations and Networks/Portals)





Local (Ottawa, Gatineau, Ottawa Valley, Outaouais)


Alba Wilderness School - Lanark County

Alliance to Save Our Greenbelt (contact Al Speyers at 613-224-3929)

Les Amis du parc de la Gatineau

Asinabka Blue Water Trail - around the island of Hull

Big Trees of Kitchissippi (Facebook page) - a coalition of 8 civic groups in Kitchissippi Ward

Bishops Mills Natural History Centre

Boisé Est (Association française des propriétaires de boisés privés de l'Est de l'Ontario)

Bonnechere River Watershed Project (BRWP) - Renfrew County

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Ottawa Valley Chapter

Carp Ridge Society

Champlain Oaks - Champlain Park community celebrates its magnificent burr oaks

City Repair Ottawa (also Imagine Ottawa)

Coalition for a Healthy Ottawa

Coalition pour la sauvegarde du Parc Gatineau (contact ... )

Community Organizations registered with the City of Ottawa

Ecology Ottawa

Federation of Citizens' Associations (FCA)

FLAP Canada - Ottawa Wing -- fighting bird deaths due to window collisions

Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Friends of the Carp River

Friends of the Central Experimental Farm

Friends of Gatineau Park

Friends of the Jock River

Friends of the Tay Watershed

Greenbelt Coalition of Canada's Capital Region

GuideGatineau - "For People Who Love Gatineau Park"

Hidden Harvest Ottawa

Huntley Highlands - "To preserve the Carp Hills ... in perpetuity"

Jane's Walk

Kanata Environmental Network

Let's Rethink the Highway A5 Extension (at Wakefield)

MIssissippi Madawaska Land Trust

Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City Initiative (Man and Biosphere program, UNESCO)

Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre

Ottawa Community Gardening Network

Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club

Ottawa River Institute

Ottawa Riverkeeper

Ottawa's Great Forest  -  about Beaver Pond Forest, Kanata

Peace and Environment Resource Centre (PERC) - including the PEN paper

Renfrew County Biotabase, The - and associated web site Renfrew County Nature Notebook

Rideau Roundtable

Rideau Trail Association

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sactuary - North Gower

Rideau Waterway Land Trust

Save our Boreal Birds

Save Our Greenspace

South March Highlands - Carp River Conservation

Sustainable Eastern Ontario - including NCENN, the National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network.  (This web site  also houses the Community Energy Network, the Green Map and the Green Pages Directory.)


Provincial (Ontario, Québec)


Aux Arbres Citoyens! (La forêt boréale)

Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists - Ontario Region

Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario (F.U.N.)

Gravel Watch Ontario

Nature Québec (Union québécoise pour la conservation de la nature  - UQCN)

Ontario Land Trust Alliance

Ontario Nature (Federation of Ontario Naturalists)

Ontario Rivers Alliance

Ontario Urban Forest Council

Pesticide Free Ontario

Réseau Québecois des Groupes Ecologistes (RQGE)

Sierra Club Canada -- Ontario Chapter

SNAP (Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada - section Québec)

Stewardship Network of Ontario

Wildlands League (a chapter of CPAWS - Central Canada)


National / International


Boreal Songbird Initiative

Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)

Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

Canadian Urban Forest Network (CANUFNET)

Ecojustice (formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund)

Environmental Defence

ForestEthics (Canada/US)

Globaïa (English) or en français -- "a global education organization whose mission is to foster a consistent and informed participation of citizens in environmental issues by understanding the multiple dimensions of today's world and its likely future. " Based in Laval, Que.

Global Forest Watch (a partnership convened by the World Resources Institute)

Green Communities Canada

Monarch Teacher Network

Nature Canada (Canadian Nature Federation)

Nature Conservancy Canada (the other NCC)

North American Native Plant Society

Project for Public Spaces (USA)

Sierra Club Canada

Trust for Public Land (USA)

      -- ParkScore -- acreage, service & investment, and access : 40 US cities compared

World Wildlife Fund - Canada




Local (Ottawa, Gatineau, Ottawa Valley, Outaouais)


Agence de bassin versant des 7 - improving the watershed from the Dumoine to the Gatineau

Bumble Bee Watch - a citizen science project, with University of Ottawa involvement

Conseil régional de l'environnement et du développement durable de l'Outaouais (CREDDO. Voir "Liens" pour un index de liens au Québec.)

Eastern Ontario Model Forest (NRCan)

Environmental Advisory Committee - City of Ottawa - ABOLISHED

Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee - City of Ottawa

Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee - City of Ottawa - ABOLISHED

Ottawa-Gatineau Geoheritage Project (OGGP)

Ottawa Stewardship Council (MNR)

Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee - City of Ottawa - ABOLISHED

Rural Issues Advisory Committee - City of Ottawa - ABOLISHED


Provincial (Ontario, Québec)


Ontario Stewardship (MNR)

OREG - Ontario Road Ecology group


National / International


COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Life in Canada)

North American Wetlands Conservation Council

Wetland Habitat Fund (Wildlife Habitat Canada)

Wildlife Habitat Canada




Local (Ottawa, Gatineau, Ottawa Valley, Outaouais)


Choosing Our Future (NCC, Ottawa, Gatineau) [link to the Ottawa staff report, from where the project's reports can be accessed.  The project's own web site has been deleted]

City of Ottawa (home page)

City of Ottawa Environmental Strategy (20/20)

City of Ottawa Official Plan Amendment # 76 ("OP 2009")

City of Ottawa Official Plan - Volume 1 (consolidation of the Plan as adopted by Council in 2009 ("OPA76") and following conclusion of almost all appeals.  (The only exception regards Country Lot Estates, which is under appeal before Divisional Court).  Later Amendments are also included.  PDF versions of each section are available from here; this makes searching easier but one can still not search across all of Volume 1 --  a nuisance given the many duplications in the OP.

City of Ottawa - Official Plan Amendments since 2003

City of Ottawa Official Plan - Volume 2a: Secondary  Plans (neighbourhoods of Nepean and Ottawa, and Rockciffe)

City of Ottawa Official Plan - Volume 2b: Site-specific Policies (Cumberland, Gloucester, Kanata, Vanier)

City of Ottawa Official Plan - Volume 2c: Village Plans (Nepean, North Gower, Richmond and a Consolidated Villages Secondary Plan applicable to 20 other Villages)

City of Ottawa - Trees in Trust Program

City of Ottawa - Urban Tree Conservation By-law

City of Ottawa - Committee and Council Agendas and Minutes

City of Ottawa - Webcasts of Council meetings, from December 2003 onwards

City of Ottawa - Maps of Ottawa - GeoOttawa

City of Ottawa - New Zoning By-law

City of Ottawa - On Line Acces to Development Documents

City of Ottawa - Guide to preparing studies in support of development applications City of Ottawa

City of Ottawa - Development Application Review Process

Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVC)

National Capital Commission (NCC)

- Public Meetings of the Board of Directors

- The "NCC and Federal Lands in Canada’s Capital Region" page

- The NCC's "Urban Lands Master Plan" page

- The NCC's Greenbelt Master Plan (as approved, 20 November 2013)

- Horizon 2067 (review of the 1999 Plan for Canada's Capital)

- Note: for all Plans of the National Capital Region going back to 1903, go here.

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA)

South Nation Conservation Authority (SN)

Ville de Gatineau (home page)


Provincial (Ontario, Québec)


Conservation Ontario - representing 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario

e-Laws - Ontario Statutes and Regulations

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO)

Environmental Registry Search Page

Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT)

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment information (MOE)

Natural Heritage Information Centre (MNR)

Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE)

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

Ontario Species at Risk (SARO List - MNR)

Statements of Environmental Values (Ontario Ministries)


National / International


Canadian Statutes and Regulations

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NAFTA) - Citizen Submissions on Enforcement Matters

Commissoner of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Petitions process (Office of the Auditor General of Canada)

Environment Canada (home page)

National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE)

NatureServe Canada -- a network of 8 conservation data centres, incl. the Ontario Natural Heritage Information Centre and the Centre de données sur le patrimoine naturel du Québec

Federal Species at Risk (SARA - Public Registry)

TEEB4me - the Bank of Natural Capital web site of UNEP's TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity)


 OTHER (including Foundations and Networks/Portals)


Canadian Environmental Network / Réseau canadien de l'environnement

Canadian Environmental Directories, Portals and Networks

Environmental Search Guide - for Ontario and Canada

Evergreen Foundation

Forest Conservation Portal

Green Pages Directory [for the National capital]

One Planet Communities - non-profit consulting by BioRegional North America

Ontario Environmental Network

Stewardship Network of Ontario (formerly Ontario Stewardship Centre)

Sustainability Network

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

The Canadian Environment ("The Caen") - news aggregator and blog tracker - Canada's Environmental Portal

Tree Canada Foundation