Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development (CED) is focused on improving a local economy’s ability to serve its people.

Access to Basics

Access to Basics focuses on people’s capacity to access the things that they need most. Among these basic needs are shelter, food, education, employment and health.

Creating Inclusion

Inclusion assures each citizen the opportunity to fully participate in realizing aspirations.

Research and Voluntary Sector Supports

SPC delivers five broad types of research the voluntary sector needs

Access to Healthy Food for Children & Youth

The Poverty and Hunger Working Group, the Ottawa Network for Education and the Social Planning Council of Ottawa came together for this policy project to increase access to healthy food for children and youth. The project provided a snapshot of the context in Ottawa and developed action plans to build on what already exists in the community - scaling up enablers and mitigating barriers to get more healthy food on the plates of Ottawa’s children and youth, particularly those living in low income. The project was made possible through a grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Community Focus Factsheet Series

Issue 2014: 1 Populations Changes in Ottawa based on the 2011 Census. Ottawa's population is growing! In 2011, there were 883,390 residents in the city of Ottawa. Ottawa’s population grew 8.8% overall between 2006 and 2011. This is nearly double the population growth experienced between 2001 and 2006...

Changes to the Non-Profit Legislation

This booklet has been prepared to provide general information about the transition process under both the new Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) at the federal level and the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) at the provincial level. 

Supporting Small Ethnocultural Groups

Grassroots ethnocultural groups are a critical factor in increasing inclusion and supporting the successful integration of immigrants, complementing settlement services and supporting families and individuals long after the settlement period, even into the second and third generation of settlement.  However, despite a growing demand for their services, these groups have very limited budgets and rely primarily on volunteers.


Ottawa Neighbourhood Social Capital Forum

The Ottawa Neighbourhoods Social Capital Forum (ONSCF) was established in 2011 to support the building of strong and vibrant neighbourhoods.  The ONSCF has three components:

  • Engaging residents in community development projects to improve issues which matter to the residents;
  • Creating changes in programs, policies and systems to support the neighbourhood issues
  • Evaluating progress and sharing learning

The Social Planning Council chairs the ONSCF and is responsible for the research and evaluation supports.  Achievements have included

Building Greener Futures Together

The Social Planning Council of Ottawa is excited to host the Building Greener Futures Together initiative. We’ve launched a new, more comprehensive employment program for young adults looking to enter the “green” home renovation and retrofit industries.

Access to Food

The crisis caused by lack of access to healthy food for many residents, particularly those who are low income, is a key health priority which is well recognized and documented. In response, the SPC Board established a priority in 2011 to work to develop new programs to directly increase access to healthy food.