Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee


Meeting #:
Champlain Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, and by electronic participation
  • Chair: Councillor Riley Brockington, 
  • Vice-chair: Councillor David Hill, 
  • Councillor Jessica Bradley, 
  • Councillor Steve Desroches, 
  • Councillor Laura Dudas, 
  • Councillor Sean Devine, 
  • Councillor Allan Hubley, 
  • Councillor Laine Johnson, 
  • Councillor Clarke Kelly, 
  • Councillor Matt Luloff, 
  • and Councillor Stéphanie Plante

Christopher Zwierzchowski, Committee Coordinator (613) 580-2424, ext. 21359

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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 remote 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, February 22, 2023 in Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee Report 1.

The deadline to register by phone to speak, or submit written comments or visual presentations is 4 pm on  Friday, February 10, 2023, and the deadline to register to speak by email is 8:30 am on Monday, February 13, 2023.

File No. ACS2023-OCC-CCS-0015 - City Wide

  • Report Recommendation

    That the Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee recommend Council approve its Terms of Reference, as outlined in this report and attached as Document 1.

File No. ACS2023-FCS-FSP-0001 - City-Wide

  • Report recommendation

    That the Emergency Preparedness and Protective Services Committee consider the relevant portions of the 2023 Operating and Capital Budgets and make recommendations to Council sitting in Committee of the Whole to be held March 1, 2023.

Committee will be requested to consider the following Motion, referred from the City Council meeting of February 8, 2023.

  • WHEREAS Ottawa has been hit with destructive weather events, including the tornados in 2018 and the derecho in 2022, causing extensive and lengthy power outages; and
    WHEREAS weather experts, as confirmed in the Official Plan, project that Ottawa will continue to experience severe, destructive weather events on a more frequent and basis; and 
    WHEREAS in the 36 hours following the derecho of May 2022, approximately 150,000 Hydro Ottawa customers were without power, and many Ottawa residents went without power for over 10 days; and
    WHEREAS many Ottawa residents living in apartment buildings and condominium buildings were without power for over 10 days, without access to basic necessities such as elevators, emergency hallway lighting, and running water; nor access to emergency resources the city had set up for residents; and
    WHEREAS access to an elevator is essential to the personal autonomy, dignity, and safety of persons with disabilities and persons with mobility challenges living in apartment buildings and condominium buildings; and  
    WHEREAS the Supreme Court of Canada has said that “one must be wary of putting too low a value on accommodating the disabled. It is all too easy to cite increased cost as a reason for refusing to afford the disabled equal treatment.”; and 
    WHEREAS the Accessible Housing Network urges that the Government of Ontario require that every apartment building have a generator capable of powering elevators and emergency lighting; and 
    WHEREAS Ottawa Fire Services has stated a need to shift priorities in their post-storm response to attend to residents living in apartment buildings; and 
    WHEREAS Toronto City Council has recommended that such residential apartment and condominium buildings have backup generators; and
    WHEREAS the Protecting Human Rights in an Emergency Act, 2022, as brought forward by Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Chandra Pasma, seeks to amend the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, and the Condominium Act, 1998, to ensure that all apartment and condominium buildings have a back-up emergency generator capable of running an elevator, emergency hallway lighting, and water pumps for a period of two weeks;
    THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Ottawa City Council request that the Mayor write a letter addressed to the Premier of Ontario and all Ottawa MPPs expressing City Council’s support of Bill 47, Protecting Human Rights in an Emergency Act (Emergency Power Generators), 2022, and asking the Government of Ontario to approve this legislation, and that this letter of support be sent to local MPPs, the Premier, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

Next Meeting

Thursday, 30 March 2023

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