Ottawa moves towards a new commemoration and naming policy

Ottawa is redeveloping its naming policy

City asks Ottawa residents to participate in this naming policy development process

As a city, Ottawa is blessed to be influenced by many different elements that make it so unique. With this in mind, the City of Ottawa has announced that to reflect the capital region’s s “diversity and to highlight stories, histories, cultures, communities and legacies, the City of Ottawa is looking to develop a renewed commemoration and naming policy that can be more reflective of who we are.”


  • built on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabe Host Nation,
  • home to a diversity of urban First Nations, Inuit and Métis residents,
  • rich with equity-deserving and immigrant communities,
  • a unique landscape of neighbouring urban, suburban, and rural lifestyles,
  • a medium-sized North American city with equal promotion of English and French cultures,
  • an arena for daily cultural exchanges between the provinces of Ontario and Québec, and the National Capital of Canada.

“We want an updated, comprehensive, fair and effective municipal policy to unify and guide our commemoration activities, and to support our unique position in the world,” says a City spokesperson.

Logo for Remembering Ottawa: Stories and Legacies

As a result, the City of Ottawa has established an advisory group to provide high-level guidance and support in developing a new policy. Find out more about them on our Engage Ottawa page .

A Host Nation Engagement Session has been held, and representatives from the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation have provided recommendations..

And there will be several other opportunities for residents to get involved including:

  • Indigenous engagement activities will be organized to receive input from Urban First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals and communities in Ottawa
  • A bilingual public engagement session will be held to build awareness and to receive resident input and feedback
  • You can also provide feedback on our EngageOttawa page – Throughout the summer and fall we will include surveys targeted towards Ottawa residents on key questions related to the policy

As residents of Ottawa, the City is hoping that you will participate in this policy development process as it moves through the various stages of research, consultation and engagement in 2021.

The City of Ottawa is inviting residents to follow the progress of this cultural development work by visiting Engage Ottawa regularly for updates. Ottawa residents are also encouraged to contribute by sharing constructive input and by participating in engagement activities over the next months.

“We would like to hear from you! We’re interested in your contributions, your stories and your legacies. It’s important that the new municipal commemoration policy reflects the diversity that is in Ottawa,” reads the City’s media release.

To get the conversation started, you are welcome to leave your comments in Ottawa’s Survey section below. Or please feel free to contact them via this email:

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