The ByWard Market is one of the most well known destinations in Ottawa. This iconic precinct’s cultural and heritage assets attract local residents as well as visitors from across Canada and the world. The heritage public market building is at the ByWard Market’s symbolic core, but the precinct accommodates a diverse collection of original shops, boutiques, retailers, restaurants and public spaces. Because of its economic and cultural contributions, the City of Ottawa plans to ensure that the Market remains a popular and successful destination in the future.

What is a public realm plan?

The public realm plan will establish a vision for the short, medium and long-term improvements made to the network of public spaces in the ByWard Market. The types of public spaces to be studied and enhanced include streets, sidewalks, parks, squares and plazas. The plan will also identify strategies and partnerships to enliven key public places within the ByWard Market.

The plan will provide direction and designs to beautify, organize and connect the ByWard Market’s public spaces to make them accessible, inclusive, safe and inviting.

Engagement Opportunity: Comment on Draft Plan (deadline: June 26, 2020)

A draft of the ByWard Market Public Realm Plan has been prepared. ByWard Market Public Realm Plan

During the public review period, interested people are encouraged to read the draft ByWard Market Plan and provide comments. Please direct any written comments to Jillian Savage or Design ByWard by email no later than June 26, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, hardcopy or mailed items will not be accepted.

Once the commenting period has closed, a final draft of the recommended ByWard Market Public Realm Plan will be prepared and posted to Ottawa.ca in association with a Finance and Economic Development Committee date. Check back here for a confirmed Committee date, targeting fall 2020.

Jillian Savage; MCIP; RPP
Planner II, Urban Design
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, ext. 14970
Email: Jillian.Savage@ottawa.ca
DesignByWard@ottawa.ca