The Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) is a volunteer, non-profit community group of local residents that represents over 1,500 households in our neighbourhood.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Unveiling of Gallery Wall for 100th Anniversary of Wellington Village: Friday, Nov 29th

Wellington Village will soon have a new gallery wall thanks to a collaboration between the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA), local historian and WVCA board member, Dave Allston, local artist Pascale Arpin, and others. 

The gallery wall is in honour of the 100th anniversary of Wellington Village and will include photos curated by Dave Allston and artwork by Pascale Arpin.

The official unveiling will take place on the side of Wild Willy's Plants & Flowers (1252 Wellington Street West) on Friday, November 29th at 9am. Mayor Watson, Councillor Leiper and MPP Harden are expected to attend as well as the collaborators and other representatives from the WWBIA and the WVCA.

In June, the WVCA worked with the WWBIA on a 100th anniversary celebration at Exposure Gallery where the WVCA was presented with a commemorative frame from the City of Ottawa.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Ongoing Discussions Concerning the Mizrahi Development

On October 23rd, we informed you that the construction for the Mizrahi development at 1445 Wellington Street West (corner of Wellington and Island Park) had begun.

Since that time there has been a "pre-construction" meeting where Mizhari Developments presented new plans to the Councillor's office and members of the community. Those plans now include staging of the construction equipment in the existing parkette which means the mature trees will need to be cut down. The City and Councilor Leiper both agreed that staging on Wellington is not possible as it would force a sidewalk closure which would pose a danger to pedestrians. In addition, the plans include a Gate 3 located on Rockhurst Avenue which, according to Mizrahi, is necessary for the delivery of certain materials but that Gate 1 and Gate 2 on Wellington will be primarily used.

These new developments are of great concern to the WVCA and we communicating those concerns to Mizrahi and Councillor Leiper. Discussions are ongoing and we will continue to update the community as it unfolds.

Please contact the WVCA at if you have any concerns. We will do our best to work with Mizrahi and Councillor Leiper's office to address the communities' concerns.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

1445 Wellington Construction Has Begun (north east corner of Wellington and Island Park)

As you may have already noticed, the construction for 1445 Wellington St. West began this week.

Although a pre-construction meeting is being planned by Jeff Leiper's office, unfortunately, Mizhari is moving ahead before this pre-construction meeting can take place. Here is the initial construction schedule:  

Week of October 21, 2019:
October 21 – Fast Fence Around 1445 Wellington installed by EOD
October 22 – 1445 Demolition Begins
October 25 – 1445 Demolition Tentative Completion
October 25 – Backfill Demolition
Week of October 28, 2019:
October 30 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
October 31 – Bell will begin to remove poles at North-side of site (behind Sales Center)
October 31 – Disconnects scheduled for 1451 Wellington
November 1 – Mobilization of Drill Rig
Week of November 4, 2019:
November 4 – Mobilization for Demolition of 1451 Wellington
Sadly, the parklette is being impacted by the construction. Mizhari decided that in order for them to build this project, they need to stage in the parklette, which will require the trees to be cut down. Clearly, the WVCA is not happy with this decision. The alternative option would have seen them stage on the Wellington West sidewalk and part of the road. Obviously, this is not ideal as well and would greatly impact the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Mizrahi is paying the City for the tree loss and new trees will be planted in the parklette when that is being developed.


Sharing Info: FCA Event- A new Official Plan for Ottawa- Sat. Oct. 26

The WVCA would like to pass along the following information about an upcoming event:

The Federation of Citizen's Associations of Ottawa is hosting a workshop on Saturday, October 26 titled, “A new Official Plan for Ottawa – Launching Community Discussion”. The workshop is open to all (although it would be helpful if attendees could register in advance).

There are two objectives for the workshop. One is to stimulate discussion among community groups about the new Official Plan project. The other is to encourage community representatives to organize similar discussions in their respective communities.

A poster publicizing the workshop is found at  (see image below). Participants are encouraged to look at the city’s documents entitled “Five big moves” which will serve as basis for discussion. A draft agenda for the workshop is found at

Following the FCA-FAC event, an optional discussion from 1200 to 1330 about climate action, featuring a light lunch, has been organized by Greenspace Alliance for Canada’ Capital and by Ecology Ottawa. Detail is included in the draft agenda document.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rental Accommodations Survey- Phase 3- Deadline: October 18th

If you haven't gone to Engage Ottawa yet we suggest now would be a good time to check it out.

Engage Ottawa is the City of Ottawa's new method to consult with residents on numerous topics at their convenience. Residents can also follow the progression of consultations, including The New Official Plan and the Recreation Facility Infrastructure Standards and Strategy, as they move through various stages.

Right now, you have until Friday, October 18th to complete a survey for Phase 3 of the Rental Accommodations Survey.

This survey seeks input from residents regarding rental accommodations including short-term rentals as the City of Ottawa is "considering new rules to address municipal and community concerns regarding rental accommodations".

Make sure you register or log on to provide your feedback before the 18th.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mark Your Calendars: All Candidates Debate- October 15th

The WVCA is proud to help organize an Ottawa Centre All Candidates Debate for the upcoming federal election.

The Debate will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm at St. George's Parish (415 Piccadilly Ave. North). Doors open at 6:30pm. All are welcome. Get there early- it's bound to be a full house!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WVCA at TASTE of Wellington- Saturday, Sept. 21, 11am - 3pm

The tastiest event of the year- TASTE of Wellington is happening Saturday, September 21st and WVCA will be there! While you sample delicious food and browse our fantastic shops be sure to swing by the WVCA table for information about the neighbourhood; sign up to be a member; or simply to say hi.

We'll be there from 11am to 3pm in front of Clothes by Muriel Dombret (Wellington St. West and Huron Ave. North).

For more information about TASTE and to see the full schedule, go to Wellington West BIA's site:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Have Your Say: The New Official Plan

If you haven't already weighed in on the City of Ottawa's New Official Plan now is the time! The City has extended the deadline to provide comments until September 30th.

According to the city, "The City of Ottawa's Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city's physical development. In 2019, the City of Ottawa is beginning a multi-year process to develop a new Official Plan."

To learn more and provide your feedback go to:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Celebrating Wellington Village's 100th Anniversary

Thank you to everyone who attended the 100th anniversary of Wellington Village celebration at Exposure Gallery (upstairs at Thyme & Again) on Saturday, June 22nd. The "sold-out" free event was organized by the Wellington West BIA and included a fascinating presentation from local historian and fellow WVCA board member- Dave Allston.

Local business, Canvas Pop, donated three prints as part of a silent auction which raised over $300 for St. Vincent de Paul. Local artist, Steffi Acevedo Art, was there selling her beautiful, limited-edition, Wellington Village pottery. You can purchase online, or order a custom piece until July 1st, at:

 A highlight of the evening for the WVCA was receiving a commemorative frame from the City of Ottawa marking the 100th anniversary. Jeff Leiper, councilor for the Kitchissippi Ward, presented the frame on behalf of Mayor Watson who was unable to attend at the last minute, to Kimberly Patriquin, President of the WVCA.   

Stay tuned for details about an unveiling happening in Wellington Village this summer- another way we're celebrating our 100th anniversary. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

100th Anniversary of Wellington Village

Today, May 31, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Wellington Village!!

The Kitchissippi Museum has many fascinating stories but local historian (and fellow WVCA Board Member!) Dave Allston. Be sure to read about how Wellington Village all started with a circus tent:

Check out the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA) for information about upcoming events to celebrate this important milestone.

Also, look out for the June issue of the Kitchissippi Times which is Wellington Village-focused.

Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming events and if you have an interesting story about Wellington Village that you would like to share please feel free to comment below.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ottawa Race Weekend- Road Closures- Sunday, May 26th

Once again this year, the Ottawa Race Weekend marathoners and half marathoners will be running through Wellington West on Sunday morning (May 26, 2019). Plan to stay in the neighbourhood and cheer on the runners.

According to CBC News, here are the affected closures in the area:
  • Fairmont Avenue between Sherwood Drive and Wellington Street W. — 6:15 a.m. to 11:30 am
  • Wellington Street W. between ​​​​​​​Fairmont Avenue and Island Park Drive — 6:15 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 11:45 a.m.​​​​​​​
  • Richmond Road between Island Park Drive and McRae Avenue— 6:15 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 9:30 a.m.​​​​​​​
  • McRae Avenue between Richmond Road and Scott Street— 6:15 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 9:30 a.m.​​​​​​​
  • Sir Frederic Banting and Colombine driveways — 6:30 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 12 p.m. 
  • Scott Street eastbound between Churchill and Carleton avenues — 6:15 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 10 a.m.​​​​​​​
  • Scott Street westbound between Carleton and Holland avenues — 6:15 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 12 p.m.
  • Carleton Avenue between Scott Street and Richmond Road — 8:15 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 11:45 a.m.​​​​Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between Booth Street and Island Park Drive — 6:15 a.m.​​​​​​​ to 12:15 p.m.

Kitchissippi Community Garage Sale- June 1st

Date: June 1, 2019 (Rain date, June 2nd)

Join in the Kitchissippi-wide Community Garage Sale!
It’s time to clean out your house and we’re here to help! Councillor Jeff Leiper & many Kitchissippi community associations are organizing a Kitchissippi-wide garage sale on June 1st (rain date June 2).
If you live in these neighbourhoods, we encourage you to participate.
-Champlain Park
-Civic Hospital
-Hampton Iona
-Island Park
-Wellington Village
-Westboro Beach
Tips for sellers:
-Promote your own sale. You can add your address to this event. However, consider putting the word out in other ways (social media; invite your friends; put up signs on your street corners)
-If June 1st is a bit rainy, YOU choose whether to hold off until Sunday (our recommended rain date) or go ahead on the Saturday. We won’t be making a decision.
-We encourage sales to start at 8am but you set your own start/end times.
-Didn’t sell all your stuff but want it gone? All garage sales (who want to) are encouraged to leave your items out throughout the afternoon with a “Free” sign. Start time for the free giveaway is your choice but please clean up by 6pm! An alternative is that Ottawa’s official Spring Give Away Weekend is June 8-9th.
More info here:
-Let’s make our Kitchissippi garage sale a bit of a community party. Kids can run lemonade stands, musicians can play on porches, and more!
-Some community associations are encouraging donations to a charity of your choice.

The Happening Festival 2019

The WVCA is happy to help promote the Happening Festival which runs from Friday, May 24th to Saturday, June 1st, 2019.
The Happening celebrates and promotes businesses, the arts and the community of Wellington West – from Island Park to the Bayview Bridge.
Festivities start with a launch party on Friday, May 24th at Vimy Brewing Company, 7pm and closes with The Happening ArtsPark on Saturday, June 1st in Parkdale Park, 10am to 10pm.
For a full list of activities please visit:

Monday, May 6, 2019

AGM: Annual General Meeting 2019

The WVCA will be holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, May 21 in room #112 at Fisher Park School, 7pm-9pm.

We will be hosting a panel discussion with MPP for Ottawa Centre- Joel Harden, Councillor for the Kitchissippi Ward- Jeff Leiper and Executive Director of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (BIA)- Dennis Van Staalduinen

Monday, April 29, 2019

Jane's Walk: The Streetcar & the Circus Tent: Wellington Village: Saturday, May 4, 2pm-4pm

Did you know that May marks the 100th anniversary of Wellington Village? On saturday, May 4th from 2pm-4pm join WWBIA Exective Director, Dennis Van Staalduinen, and local historian, Dave Allston, as they bring you on a journey through time.

Cleaning the Capital: Saturday, May 4, 9:00am-10:30am

Rain date- May 4: The Hintonburg Community Association (HCC) and Wellington Village Community Association (WVCA) are hosting the annual Cleaning the Capital event. Registration is at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington Street West) from 9:00am-10:30am. The event goes until 12pm.

Coffee provided by Cyclelgik and prizes for children provided by Giant Tiger.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Kitchissippi Ward Forum: Monday, April 15, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Our councillor, Jeff Leiper, will be hosting his next Ward Forum at the Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt) on Monday, April 15, 6:00-8:00pm. The WVCA will provide an update on recent activity. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Superette Meeting: March 31

Our Councillor, Jeff Leiper, is hosting an open house to discuss the opening of one of the first (legal) cannabis stores in Ottawa, Superette, to be located at 1306 Wellington St. West.

The open house will take place at the Hintonburg Community Centre

Friday, March 1, 2019

100th Anniversary of Wellington Village!

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Wellington Village! The WVCA is proud to be working with the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA) on some exciting events this May and June to celebrate the occasion.

Check back here for details or visit: