In March, City Staff launched a public engagement campaign for the Wildlife Strategy Review. This included an Engage Ottawa project page, a public survey, and two public information sessions held of May 31st and June 7th. City Staff in Natural Systems also began targeted consultation with other subject matter experts and municipalities.
Throughout the consultation, staff have received hundreds of comments and questions. As a result, staff have agreed to launch a second survey to seek further feedback on specific elements of the wildlife strategy. This survey is anticipated to launch sometime in July and remain open until the fall. Staff are also working on an As We Heard It Report to be included as part of the final report to Committee and Council.
As a result of the expansion to a full strategy review and the commitment to a second survey, City Staff will bring a report to Environment Committee and Council in Q4, 2023. This will provide staff the necessary time to review the feedback received, meet with other experts, and prepare their recommendations.
I will be sure to keep residents informed when the survey date and link have been confirmed.