Council Watch

Ecology Ottawa recognizes the power Ottawa City Council has to make Ottawa an environmental leader.

While many pressing environmental issues are brought to the table, Ecology Ottawa encourages Ottawa citizens to speak out to council and advocate for a more sustainable future in environmental policy.

Ecology Ottawa is committed to fostering respectful and productive relationships with all members of council. We are also committed to maintaining our role of monitoring council through our Council Watch team which monitors what goes on at city council, reports, and thus holds council accountable for its environmental performance.

The Council Watch team attends the meetings of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management, Planning Committee, Transportation Committee, Transit Commission, and Full City Council. They and other Ecology Ottawa supporters also monitor media and internet reports of council activity. All meeting upcoming meeting schedules and agendas can be found here.

In the past, environmental leadership exhibited by council members has been analyzed and displayed in the form of yearly Council Watch Reports. These reports determine a letter grade for each councillor based on their support in environmental decisions within council, to help the public make educated decisions on voting in an environmentally enthusiastic council in the upcoming term.

A representative from the Council Watch Team has attended all City Council sessions since the beginning of 2019 and has been invested in taking detailed notes about the important environmental discussions among council. It is important to move forward with this initiative to ensure that all council members are prioritizing taking environmental action within the city for the rest of their term. This requires an enthusiastic representative to attend full City Council sessions and Committee meetings and report on their findings.

You can read the latest post by the Council Watch team here.

If you are enthusiastic about making Ottawa an environmental leader and are interested in learning more about how to get involved in the Council Watch initiative, email Ecology Ottawa’s Office Manager, Erik Pervin at