Ottawa Centre boundaries to stay largely as they are

Ottawa Centre will not see major changes to Ottawa federal constituencies proposed by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission.

While the proposal calls for the creation of another riding for the region and other constituencies will have their boundaries redrawn significantly, Ottawa Centre will stay largely as it is, with only a few minor changes in the Baseline-Fisher area.

The new riding, “Nepean,” would be located in what is now the northwest area of Nepean-Carleton and would include Barrhaven, Centrepointe, and Bells Corners.

The Carleton-Mississippi Mills riding would be erased, with part of the old riding replaced with the new “Carleton-Kanata.”

The commission was established in February to readjust electoral boundaries after the completion of a census every decade. Over the past 10 years, Ontario’s population has increased by more than one million, resulting in the number of electoral districts increasing from 106 to 121.

The commission will hold public hearings throughout the province in the fall. Two hearings will take place in Ottawa on November 5 and 6 at the Hampton Inn & Conference Centre at 200 Coventry Rd.