Be the Change.

Welcome to the new website of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa.

Get Involved

The mission of the Social Planning Council of Ottawa is to provide the residents of Ottawa with the means to exercise informed leadership on issues affecting their social and economic well-being.

Bridging the Digital Divide


Digital Literacy

Welcome to the Digital Literacy Program for Ottawa Ethno-Cultural Seniors

This program is free, highly flexible, and learners choose what they want to learn. The material we use is written in a clear language. It also may be adapted according to the needs of the individual group. We provide one-on-one support, community group online training and share other helpful resources.

Digital Equity

Digital Equity Ottawa is a new, collaborative initiative that improves digital equity across four key areas: access to hardware, connectivity, digital literacy and the digital capacity of the non-profit sector.
> Learn more

Request a Computer

On behalf of Digital Equity Ottawa, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa (SPCO), the City of Ottawa, and other social service provider agencies are teaming up to distribute free refurbished computers to the community. If your client is in need of a computer(s) and/or technical support, kindly request technology through our form:

Individuals requesting for themselves or if you have any questions about the program, please contact:
Office Manager:

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Partnerships & Programs


Neighbourhood Equity Index

The NEI is a tool to help residents, planners, key stakeholders and decision-makers identify disparities between neighbourhoods and tackle them in a systematic and organized way. > Go to the NEI Website

Ottawa Community Partnerships for Health Equity

The Ottawa Community Partnerships for Health Equity is a hub for working and learning together to address health inequities in Ottawa. > Go to OCPHE website

Census 2016-2021 - Ottawa Population Change

Census 2021

New data from Statistics Canada’s first release of the most recent census, conducted in 2021. Between 2016 and 2021, Ottawa’s population increased by 8.9%. In your neighbourhood, did the population increase or decrease? > Read More

Effective Measures

Effective Measures provides research and evaluation services in support of community programs and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of all Ottawans. > Go to Effective Measures

Ottawa Ethnocultural Seniors Network

The OES Network represents a variety of ethno-cultural senior grassroots groups in Ottawa who are providing a wide range of recreational, social and educational opportunities and activities. > Read More

Data & Research at the SPCO

Increasing the capacity of voluntary sector agencies and community members to effectively use data and research for planning processes and in taking action on social and economic issues. > Read More

Technology, Research and Communications (TRAC)

TRAC supports the needs of non-profits, small businesses and community organizations, while fostering and empowering young people, helping them to grow their skillsets, and gain new employment opportunities. > Learn More

Hot Shoe Productions (Social Enterprise)

Hot Shoe Productions is a social enterprise that hires talented young people to create compelling video products for clients. > Go to Hot Shoe

GenerationeXT Youth Economic Incubator

The incubators are youth-focused economic development spaces in three low income neighbourhoods. > Read More