Resources for Seniors

As we age, it is important to stay connected to our community and get the support we need.

To help our Bel-Air seniors stay involved, we have compiled a few of the organizations that offer events, activities and support services to seniors in our community.

Olde Forge Community Resource Centre Offers programs and services to seniors and adults with disabilities living in their own homes. From transportation to medical appointments to help at home, for a full list of their programs and services, visit

Nepean Seniors Recreation Centre is part of the Nepean Sportsplex and offers recreation programs, trips and social events for seniors. They also have foot care clinics. To find out more, visit

Carlington Community Health Centre has a wide variety of services and programs for seniors. From medical care to exercise groups, Carlington offers a welcoming and supportive environment for seniors to meet new people and improve their quality of life. Visit the website at

Carefor Health & Community Services offers an extensive basket of home care and community support services tailored to Ottawa's diverse community needs. Carefor Ottawa specializes in a number of exceptional programs and services, including a wide range of nursing services such as wound, leg ulcer and palliative care, as well as rehabilitation services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, and dietetics), respite care, community support services and retirement care. The Ottawa main office is located at 760 Belfast Rd., near St. Laurent, with a satellite facility 2580 Carling Avenue, in addition to a beautiful retirement home, the Richmond Care Home. Phone; 613-820-2398 Email:

Please feel free to pass along these community resource contacts to seniors who may benefit.

Bylaws for Property Maintenance, Garbage and Parking

We would like to remind residents that garbage can be put at the curb any time after 6 pm the evening prior to your collection day and no later than 7 am on your collection day. Place bags or cans on the ground as close as possible to the roadway, but not on the sidewalk, roadway or on top of a snow bank. Empty cans and bins are to be removed from the curb on the same day of pickup.

We would also like to ensure you are aware of the property maintenance and parking by-laws infractions such as not parking cars on lawns, as well as the removal of derelict vehicles and the accumulation of junk or debris around a property. You can learn more about the by-laws on the city website.

Bylaws for Rooming Houses (Section 132) and Secondary Dwelling Units (Section 133)

Here is a link to the City of Ottawa Bylaws. In the list, you will find the bylaws for both Rooming Houses (Section 132) and Secondary Dwelling Units (Section 133).

College Ward 8 Crime Trends for 2019-2020 (Released June 21, 2021)

Here is a link to Ottawa Police Services Crime Trend Report for College Ward 8 for 2019-2020 (Released June 21, 2021)

City of Ottawa Tree Planting Program

Here is a link to the City of Ottawa's Tree Planting Program. You can help our community and environment by having a tree planted on your property through this program.

City of Ottawa Rat Control Information

Here is a link to information on how you can inspect, prevent and respond to rats on your property or in your neighbourhood.

New Official Plan and Overlap Map

An Overlap Map was added to the new Official Plan just prior to passing Council. This map shows plans for intensification for the Bel-Air community from Baseline Road to Navaho Avenue. This will have a big impact on our community. A secondary plan needs to be developed to address these proposed zone changes in our community.


City of Ottawa News Post

10/27/2021 17:15

Council today approved a new Official Plan for Ottawa – the City’s most comprehensive planning document. It marks the first time that Ottawa has adopted a new Official Plan since 2003.

The new Official Plan will guide growth and redevelopment in Ottawa for the next 25 years and is framed around five big policy changes:

  • Growth – encouraging more growth through intensification and providing more affordable housing

  • Mobility – promoting sustainable transportation and encouraging complete streets.

  • Urban Design – ensuring intensification happens in ways that benefit the streets and communities involved

  • Resiliency – bringing environment, climate and health considerations to the forefront of planning

  • Economy – establishing a strong relationship between land use and economic development

The new Official Plan is designed to help Ottawa become a city of connected, green, inclusive and walkable communities, with greater density of housing, employment and services around rapid-transit hubs and along transit corridors.

Council approved an additional funding of $28 million for the Ottawa Public Library portion, $36 million for the City portion and $10 million for the parking facility for Ādisōke, the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility. The extra funding was required due to price escalation in the Ottawa construction market. Given the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on labour and material supply, the project schedule has been modified and the facility’s official opening has been pushed back by one year to summer 2026.

Council received an update on the Climate Change Master Plan and heard that greenhouse gas emissions generated across Ottawa decreased by 15 per cent between 2012 and 2020. To meet Council-approved targets, the community will need to decrease emissions by five to six per cent each year over the next five to 10 years. The City’s corporate emissions decreased 43 per cent between 2012 and 2020, mainly due to efficiencies at the Trail Waste Facility. This puts the City ahead of its short-term target to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2025.

Council approved the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, which sets out strategies and outcomes to address the root causes of crime, social disorder and ill health, and to improve the safety and well-being of everyone in Ottawa. The plan addresses local risks to safety and well-being at the community level in six priority areas:

  • systems and strategies to address discrimination

  • marginalization and racism

  • financial security and poverty reduction

  • housing

  • mental well-being

  • gender-based violence and violence against women

The plan complements City work underway that addresses these priorities, including the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, the Anti-Racism Secretariat and the Women and Gender Equity Strategy.

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