Community Services Committee


Meeting #:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, and by electronic participation
  • Chair Laura Dudas, 
  • Vice-Chair Jessica Bradley, 
  • Councillor David Brown, 
  • Councillor Marty Carr, 
  • Councillor Steve Desroches, 
  • Councillor David Hill, 
  • Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, 
  • Councillor Rawlson King, 
  • Councillor Wilson Lo, 
  • Councillor Stéphanie Plante, 
  • and Councillor Ariel Troster 

Notices and meeting information are attached to the agenda and minutes, including: availability of simultaneous interpretation and accessibility accommodations; in camera meeting procedures; information items not subject to discussion; personal information disclaimer for correspondents and public speakers; notices regarding minutes; and hybrid participation details.

Accessible formats and communication supports are available, upon request.

Except where otherwise indicated, reports requiring Council consideration will be presented to Council on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in Community Services Committee Report 8.

The deadline to register by phone to speak, or submit written comments or visual presentations is 4 pm on Monday, February 26, 2024, and the deadline to register to speak by email is 8:30 am on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

These “Summary Minutes” indicate the disposition of items and actions taken at the meeting. This document does not include all of the text that will be included in the full Minutes, such as the record of written and oral submissions. Recorded votes and dissents contained in the Summary Minutes are draft until the full Minutes of the meeting are confirmed by the Committee. The draft of the full Minutes (for confirmation) will be published with the agenda for the next regular Committee meeting and, once confirmed, will replace this document.

No Declarations of Interest were filed.

File No. ACS2024-CSS-GEN-001 – City-wide

  • Report recommendation(s)

    That the Community Services Committee approve the 2023 Declarations of Compliance that are required under the 2023-24 Long-Term Care Home Service Accountability Agreement – Multi Homes and the 2023-24 Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement as detailed in this report.


File No. ACS2024-CSS-GEN-002 – Rideau-Vanier (12)

  • Report Recommendation(s)

    That the Community Services Committee, in its capacity as Committee of Management:

    1. Direct staff to apply for full designation of the Centre d’accueil Champlain (CAC) Long-Term Care (LTC) Home under Ontario’s French Language Services Act (FLSA); and
    2. Approve and adhere to the responsibilities, as the Committee of Management for the City long-term care homes, to maintain the French language services designation for Centre d’accueil Champlain, as listed below in the discussion section;
    3. Submit a letter to the Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC) expressing the intent to seek full designation under the French Language Services Act along with confirmation that the City has a French language- services policy, and a statement describing the responsibilities of the Committee of Management and Long-Term Care staff.

File No. ACS2024-OCC-CCS-0021 – City-wide

  • Report Recommendation(s)

    That the Community Services Committee receive this report for information.


There were no in camera items.

File No. ACS2023-OCC-CCS-0159 – City-wide

  • Motion

    BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Community Services Committee direct staff to explore including poverty reduction initiatives for artists and culture workers as part of the municipal Culture Plan;

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT these initiatives would support the representation of artists and cultural workers alongside others in precarious employment in the poverty reduction and financial security strategy, which is currently underway and part of the Community Safety and Well-Being plan.


Submitted by Councillor A. Troster:

The City contracts services with many organizations with religious origins or affiliations. To some degree this is inevitable, as the origins of social services are inextricably tied to community work by religious institutions, and many religious institutions are still major landowners. However, it is important to providing equitable and barrier-free services that all City services be free from religious principles or bias. To that end, could staff provide the following information:

What is the City’s policy on entering into agreements with religiously affiliated service providers? 

How many organizations with active service contracts or development files in the City of Ottawa are faith-based?

How does the city ensure that existing City service standards are met by these service providers?

Are there any exemptions to these standards, either by waiving a requirement, a grandfathered agreement, or other?

Submitted by Councillor R. King:

During the 2022 budget deliberations, delegations attended the Community and Protective Services Committee requesting an update on a new cultural plan, including financial support for development. The City’s 2022 budget did not include any financial support dedicated to a new cultural plan, which was considered an essential step toward resilience and recovery for the sector after the impacts of COVID-19.  The request for a plan included an outcome report on the “Renewed Action Plan” for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013-2018), which has still not been made public. 


  1. What is the timeline for releasing a report on the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture  (2013-2018)? 
  2. What outstanding items remain from the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013-2018)?
  3. Will these outstanding items and new areas of interest be included in a new Cultural Plan for the City?
  4. What is the timeline for creation of a new Cultural Plan for the City?

There was no other business.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 26, 2024.

The meeting adjourned at 9:53 am.