Ottawa, Ontario (good news, bad news)

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by tomcio, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. tomcio

    tomcio Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    I did some research into keeping chickens in Ottawa, Canada (since emaglomation, the city is almost 60% farm land!)

    Here is the good news:
    So long as you are zoned AG on the zoning map found ( ) you are good to go!

    If you however have any other zoning, unfortunately keeping chickens (or any other livestock, or exotic pets) seems to be out of the question... There is good news here too;- Ottawa has cut it's by-law budget and unless someone really complains, they won't investigate let alone do anything about it!

    Here is the link to the bylaw ( )

    And the relevant sections:

    74 (1) No person shall keep livestock in any area of the City unless the area is zoned for that purpose or is lawfully used for that purpose.

    87 (1) No person shall keep, own, or harbour in the City any animal which makes or causes noises that disturb or are likely to disturb the peace, quiet, rest, enjoyment, or comfort of:
    (a) any person in any dwelling, apartment, or other type of residence in the neighbourhood,
    (b) any person in the vicinity, or
    (c) the neighbourhood.
    (2) Subsection (1) shall not apply to livestock kept in accordance with Section 74 of this by-law.

    I hope this is of some help on this board.

  2. Kiri

    Kiri In the Brooder

    Jan 29, 2008
    Thanks for the info. It looks like my husband and I will be relocating to the Ottawa area this summer, and this is the sort of thing I've been trying to look up.

    Do you know what the rules are for the surrounding counties (eg Lanark)?

    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009
  3. chickenaddicted

    chickenaddicted Hatching

    Mar 19, 2010

    I realize the original post on this is from 2008 but I wanted to spend a moment talking "chicken" in Ottawa.

    First of all the bylaw prohibiting chickens is 2003-77 - which prohibits "livestock" in urban areas. In this bylaw they classify chickens under livestock right next to horses, cows and donkeys, etc .. which is bizarre in itself before chickens require much less care than the other noted livestock and certainly take up less space, put out less waste and make far less noise (excluding roosters).

    Anyhooo ... after returning to Ottawa I decided enough was enough and have now formed an Ottawa chapter of C.L.U.C.K, the original group is based out of Calgary, Alberta. C.L.U.C.K (Canadian Liberated Chicken Klub) now has chapters across most of Canada. Power in numbers!

    So if you are in the Ottawa area and which to help out bringing the message home about the benefits of urban hens and debunking the myths please contact me at [email protected] or check out our facebook group -!/group.php?gid=111373822215064&ref=ts or stop on by the website

    There is a public meeting on May 13th in Ottawa. Details can be found on the website. We are hoping to recruit more members/volunteers so please come out to our meet and greet!

    There is also an online petition with almost 400 signatures on it (in a few short months) so you can sign and pass around to everyone you know.
    Thank you!
  4. felixferdinand

    felixferdinand In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2010
    North Bay, ON
    Good luck with the Ottawa push for chickens. Hope you get CLUCK-y!
  5. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    I joined your group on FB, good luck with this! I will try to help out in any way I can.
  6. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Chirping

    Mar 17, 2010
    Are dogs illegal? If not, why not? according to the ordinance no dog can be kept inside city limits. I don't know of any animal that disturbs the peace and quiet of a neighborhood like a dog. The sounds a chicken make are quite soothing and low key compared to any dog.
  7. JessC30

    JessC30 In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2017
    I realize this is from a few years ago but @Kiri did you end up moving ottawa? I'm from lanark and chickens are defiantly fine there. Funny to find this post I was looking for a friend in the city if he was allow to have chickens! Thanks everyone

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