Greely Community Association

Welcome to the GCA!

The Greely Community Association (GCA) is a not-for-profit organization created to advance community interests and improve the quality of life for the people of Greely. Our members are local residents and dedicated volunteers who share an interest in their community. The GCA shares information and provides support to the Greely community in several ways:


  • o      We provide a forum for discussion of issues, build consensus and bring conclusions to the public attention;
  • o      We cooperate with and support other community organizations in the pursuit of common interests;
  • o      We keep the community informed about activities and opportunities that may be of benefit or interest to Greely residents;
  • o      We initiate social, educational, recreational and other new programs as needs present themselves in our community.

CITY OF OTTAWA WARD BOUNDARY REVIEW

Greely Community Association Input

Greely Village is one of the three (Greely, Manotick and Richmond) largest Rural Villages in the City of Ottawa. Currently, Greely has a population of 7,119 (approximately ¼ of Osgoode Ward’s Population). The Greely Community Association also represents a significant area surrounding the Village Boundary that has an additional 2,000 residents. Greely is a unique Village that encompasses numerous communities of single family homes, a high density multi-residential community, an industrial park, and a number of mineral extraction areas. Our Village is located approximately two kilometres from the southern point of the City of Ottawa’s Urban Boundary.

Ward Boundary Review

Following the 2001 Amalgamation into the City of Ottawa, a Ward Boundary Review took place in 2005 that added two suburban Wards. Currently, the 2020 Ward Boundary has six options for consideration in the second round of consultations due this September.

The City of Ottawa currently has 23 Wards (7 suburban, 12 urban, and 4 rural – Cumberland, Rideau-Goulbourn, Osgoode and West Carleton). Geographically, 80% of the land mass of the City of Ottawa is rural and is home to 20% of Ottawa’s population. Rural residents and rural businesses continue to be very concerned in regard to the lack of City support for rural Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa has had a very exciting history of representation of Elected Officials. Amalgamation in 2000 and the Ward Boundary Review in 2005 have inherently, to a great degree, heavily involved Rural Representation on City Council.

The 2020 Ward Boundary Review is no different. Our focus is on proposals related to Osgoode Ward. To date recommendations have been centred around adding Rural Cumberland Ward to Osgoode Ward. We firmly believe this scenario is short sighted, an abrogation of the fundamental principle outlined in the 2000 amalgamation and the City of Ottawa’s long standing affirmation that Rural Ottawa is an important part of the vibrancy of the City.

Rural representation on Ottawa City Council currently sits at 4 members who represent a geographical area of 80% of the City land mass and approximately 20% of the City population. To some people this is an unfair rep by population scenario.

As Canadians, we have historically dealt with massive geographical size of our Country and the issue of representing not only the population but the huge expanse of Rural areas. It has been the true essence of our history and our current political system.

The current proposal to add approximately 365 sq. kilometres of Cumberland Ward to the existing 465 kilometres of Osgoode Ward is unfortunately a bizarre strategy in that the geographic size would be almost double of the current size of Osgoode Ward. The population of Rural Cumberland would add approximately 12,000 to the current Osgoode Ward population of close to 28,000. Not only would it make the Ward Councillor’s daily workload of working with constituents issues that are inherently different than in Urban and Suburban Wards but would cause a further decimation of City resources allocated to Rural areas. The loss of historic rural geographic communities of interest, the loss of ¼ of Rural Representation on City Council and the loss of respect for the values of the history of Osgoode and Cumberland are simply not acceptable to the residents of these areas.

The Greely Community association strongly urges that the City Council not reduce the Rural Wards from four to three. First Round Ward Consultations strongly recommended adding Rural Cumberland Ward to Osgoode Ward. This action would eliminate ¼ of existing Rural Wards in the City of Ottawa. This recommendation is totally unacceptable for the following reasons:

  • Loss of historic rural geographic communities of interest;
  • Incapability of political representation of such a huge geographical area;
  • Loss of ¼ of rural political representation at City Council; and,
  • Loss of respect of the Ward history of Osgoode and Cumberland

 

There are alternative solutions to the whole question of the Ward Boundary Review Proposal that pertain to Rural Cumberland and Osgoode Ward:

  • Re-align the Osgoode Ward Boundary to follow Russell Road to Carlsbad Springs and south on Boundary Road to Mitch Owens;
  • Blais Road to be the northern boundary from Bank Street to Hawthorne Road
  • Additional funding for Wards whose population has substantially increased. There could be a formula developed to add a percentage of monetary increases to the Office Budget based on the population increase over the past 5 years. Additionally Councillor’s staffing would remedy the disproportionate population figures.

Rural residents appreciate the need for Ward Boundary changes. Just as suburban and urban Wards are concerned about population size, rural Wards are concerned about the geographic size of any realignment.

The Greely Community Association supports minor changes in the boundaries of Osgoode Ward.

"Yours sincerely,
Doug Thompson
President
Greely Community Association

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

The Greely Community Association (GCA) Board of Directors is dedicated to supporting and working with the residents of the Village of Greely and our surrounding areas.  There are over 7000 residents along with approximately 250 local businesses in the GCA area.
The GCA is concerned about local residents who may be unable to care for themselves out of fear or other limitations.  We are coordinating information on the GCA Facebook page that will assist residents in our area and across the Osgoode Ward.
We have been receiving numerous offers to assist the GCA and our residents.  Our goal is to coordinate with other Community Associations in our Ward to support those in need.

Doug Thompson
President, Greely Community Association.

Please see our Covid-19 page for information on revised hours for Greely Businesses  as well as links to various government Covid-19 information websites.   If you would like to volunteer to help local residents or require help, please reach out to the GCA on Facebook or send an email to Chris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information.  

Physicalsocialdistancing webbanner updatedPlease practice social/physical distancing and stay safe Greely residents!
 

 

Latest News:

From Ogoode Ward Councillor's Office, Free Trees in the Fall from South Nation Conservation Authority:

"Rural Ottawa Residents! We have partnered with South Nation Conservation to provide some free trees to area residents this fall!

Though SNC is accepting online order requests for free trees this spring in other regions, please note that trees secured for Ottawa residents won’t be ready until the Fall.

Check back with SNC or us later in the year for details on how we’ll provide free trees, we’ll post all of the details on social media. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time. For more info on SNC’s Tree Planting Program and to secure tree orders for Spring 2021, click here:
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GCA Greely Winter Carnival

Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors who made the 49th Greely Winter Carnival a great success!  We look forward to planning the 50th Greely Winter Carnival next year.

 

City Draft Official Plan and Master Transportation Plan:

The GCA is currently seeking input on the City of Ottawa's Strategic Draft Plan.  Comments may be sent to the Executive via the Contact button above or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The City has also posted the draft Master Transportation Plan at:  https://engage.ottawa.ca/transportation-master-plan

Planning documents may be found at:

https://engage.ottawa.ca/


CANADA DAY SPONSORS

Greely Sand & Gravel

Rideau Carleton Raceway

Sunset Lakes Development Corporation

Greely Scouts

Greely Guides

Greely Lions

Councillor Darouze


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The Greely Community Association is so proud of the outstanding support we are receiving from our residents. Volunteers are coming forward to assist  our various Committees and there is incredible interest in planning for our 49th Annual Winter Carnival, January 23-26, 2020.

The GCA fully endorsed the formation of a Greely Youth Committee and we are planning for some very exciting news for our YOUTH in the spring of 2020.

Your support is much appreciated!

I truly appreciate the support tonight as I was elected as President of the GCA … Doug Thompson

Events Calendar

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Join The GCA

 

A membership with the Greely Community Association costs $10.00 per year. The benefits include:

  • Voting Privileges;
  • Quicker access to Community Information;
  • Support for the Community; and,
  • Support for Community Events.

You can pay this by E-transfer to sandi@boninitax.com , or by cheque to the Greely Community Association, P.O. Box 206, Greely Post Office, 7139 Parkway Rd, Greely, ON K4P 1A0, or by cash or cheque at any GCA meeting.  Please complete the online membership form or provide full contact details if paying by mail.  These details are required for contact and membership purposes.  Please see our membership policy here.

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