The most active community action currently occuring in Ottawa is the Coalition to Protect the South March Highlands. Over 15,000 people are trying to save Ottawa’s Great Forest , an old growth forest that is inside the urban boundary of Ottawa that has 20 documented species-at-risk and several 10,000 year old archaeological sites.
The following are additional links to several other community action-oriented volunteer and information groups that you might wish to get involved with. Just click on the tabs to see the list alphabetically.
If you know of an group that is mobilizing grass roots action on the environment, please post a comment to this page and I will add the information to this list.
- The Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association, implements programs to connect and improve habitat within the region that extends from Algonquin Park in Ontario to Adirondacks State Park in New York State, an area roughly the size of New Brunswick in Canada, or in the United States, an area almost as big as Maine. The region connects Canada’s Boreal Forest with the Appalachian Mountains down to the State of Georgia. It is the most important area for connectivity east of the Rocky Mountains.
- The Canadian Biodiversity Institute (CBI) is a non-profit, charitable, non-governmental organization that actively facilitates biodiversity preservation and conservation in Canada.
- The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is Canada’s grassroots voice for wilderness protection. It recommends the need for new protected wilderness areas, ensures that existing protected areas are safeguarded and supports ecologically sound land and natural resource management. The Ottawa Valley Chapter (CPAWS-OV) was formedto defend Gatineau Park against a large scale development proposal and has maintained a involvement in park issues to ensure its ecological integrity. CPAWS-OV initiated the Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Program which aims to maintain and restore ecological linkages between Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and the Adirondack State Park in New York.
- Le Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO) est un organisme à but non lucratif dont la mission première est la protection de l’environnement et la promotion du développement durable dans un cadre de concertation.
- Ecology Ottawa is a not-for-profit organization working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada.
- The City of Ottawa Environmental Advisory Committee has a mandate to promote the protection, maintenance and enhancement of all aspects of the environment in the City of Ottawa, to safeguard and improve the quality of life of those who live and work in the City of Ottawa, both now and in the future.
- Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. Based in Toronto, they research solutions, educate and go to court when necessary. All in order to ensure clean air, clean water and thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt to Canada’s contribution to climate change.
- The Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa-Carleton (FCA) is the umbrella organization for community associations and other similar voluntary groups in Ottawa.
- The Greenbelt Coalition of Canada’s Capital Region provides a strong community-based voice in relation to the National Capital Commission’s Greenbelt Master Plan. The coalition is comprised of 15 environmental and community organizations in the National Capital Region.
- The City of Ottawa’s Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. The program provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their properties and provides a source of suitable planting stock.
- The Greenspace Alliance works to preserve green places in the National Capital area. Its primary aim is to conserve public and private greenspace.
- The Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee (OFGAC) provides advice and guidance to Ottawa City Council, through the Planning and Environment Committee. Its mandate is to help safeguard the environment of the City through the use of trees, forests and greenspace.
- The Ottawa Amphibian and Reptile Association is a club of reptile and amphibian enthusiasts in the Ottawa area.
- Ottawa Riverkeeper is an independent voice for the Ottawa River, working to protect, promote and improve its ecological health and future.
- The Ottawa Stewardship Council (OSC) is one of 46 Councils established and funded through the Ontario Stewardship Program in which a volunteer, community-based Stewardship Council works on environmental enhancement projects, assisted by a full-time Stewardship Coordinator, an employee of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR).
- The Ottawa Urban Turtle Sanctuary is an informational site on the importance of protecting endangered turtles in the Ottawa area.
- The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre goal is to establish a better understanding and respect for wildlife in the face of rapid development and habitat loss. It offers a Wildlife Education School Program taken to more than 1,000 students each year, Community Outreach and Awareness Programs, a wildlife information website with comprehensive solutions for specific human-wildlife conflicts, articles in community media and collaboration with others in developing progressive environmental goals.
- The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club is the oldest natural history club in Canada, with a membership of over 800 individuals who promote the appreciation, preservation, and conservation of Canada’s natural heritage, and supports those engaged in preserving, maintaining or restoring environments of high quality for living things.
- The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is an inter-municipal environmental protection and advisory agency. Working together with local municipalities, government agencies, special interest groups and the general public, the authority strives to protect the numerous resources in the watershed. Our mission is to have clean water, natural shorelines and sustainable land use throughout the Rideau Valley watershed.
- The Rural Issues Advisory Committee provides advice and input to the City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and Ottawa City Council on issues affecting the rural and farming community.
- Save Our Greenspace was initially created to work with the City of Ottawa to help identify Species at Risk omitted from the Environmental Assessment of the North-South LRT Project. Save Our Greenspace continues to work with the NCC to ensure Species at Risk, their habitats, and nesting grounds are protected within the NCC Greenbelt and other greenspaces.
- Sierra Club - Sierra Club Canada is a member-based organization that empowers people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet. The national headquarters is here in Ottawa with 10,000 members across Canada. Although the Sierra Club champions national causes, it acts locally too.
- Turtle Shell Tortue is a registered charity whose members care for turtles, install highway turtle crossing signs, to provide public education and awareness of the plight of our indigenous turtle populations and habitats.