Example P-4s for Ottawa

Groups across Ottawa have environmental stewardship agreements with the City related to the care of municipal greenspace. Most of these are likely Public-Plural Partnerships that have formed over time.

Here we offer two P-4 examples that are currently under discussion and consultation.

Carp River Living Classroom (CRLC).

The CRLC is an urban wetland education and discovery experience at the Carp River Conservation Area (CRCA).  Schools, residents, visitors, and researchers enjoy learning about watershed science, green infrastructure, and living in unison with nature in a high intensity development area.  It includes both education and stewardship elements. 

The CRLC lies between Highway 417 and Richardson Side Road along a 2-kilometer length of the Carp River that was restored in 2016-2018 with meanders, wet meadows, and a habitat pond.

Carp River Living Classroom proposed P-4 at the Carp River Conservation Area.
Carp River Living Classroom proposed P-4 at the Carp River Conservation Area.

This restored section of the river offers a unique opportunity in the City of Ottawa for discovery and education.  It showcases how natural green infrastructure can be integrated into high density development to provide ecosystem services and mitigate the effects of Climate Change

Public

  • City of Ottawa.

Private

  • Businesses near the site.

Plural

  • Friends of the Carp River (lead).
  • Ottawa Stewardship Council.
  • Ottawa Carleton District School Board and Ottawa Catholic School Board. 
  • Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and MVC Foundation.
  • Community Associations (e.g. Arcadia).
  • Others as the project progresses.
The Carp River Living Classroom - a proposed P-4.
The Carp River Living Classroom – a proposed P-4.
Ottawa Enviro-Stewardship Living Lab

The Ottawa Enviro-Stewardship Living Lab is a proposed community supported test site for testing and assessing the community benefits to be gained by fostering healthy diverse mixed-use urban greenspaces governed by the principles of sustainable development. The Enviro-Stewardship Living Lab seeks to: mitigate environmental impacts; enhance social cohesion; sustain local economic development.  

The Ottawa Enviro-Stewardship Living Lab comprises the South March Highlands, Trillium Woods, Morgan’s Grant right-of-way, and Kizell Wetland Complex.  It connects to the Carp River Conservation Area and the Kanata Golf Course.

Kanata North greenspace for the Ottawa Enviro-stewardship Living Lab P-4.
Kanata North greenspace for the Ottawa Enviro-stewardship Living Lab P-4.

The Ottawa Enviro-Stewardship Living Lab comprises the South March Highlands, Trillium Woods, Morgan’s Grant right-of-way, and Kizell Wetland Complex.  It connects to the Carp River Conservation Area and the Kanata Golf Course.

The Ottawa Living Lab is grounded in the applied fieldwork and environmental stewardship successes of the Morgan’s Grant utility corridor urban meadow restoration.

Public

  • City of Ottawa.

Private

  • Kanata Tech Park businesses.
  • Kanata North Business Association.
  • Employee volunteers.

Plural

  • Ottawa Enviro-Stewardship non-profit lead.
  • Kanata North Community Associations.
  • Ottawa Stewardship Council.
  • Algonquin College Living Lab coop interns.
  • Other participants as P-4 matures and evolves.
The Ottawa Enviro-Stewardship Living Lab: a proposed P-4  Sustainable Community Business Model.
Ottawa Enviro-Stewardship Living Lab: a proposed P-4 Sustainable Community Business Model.