1.2 City Government and You

We use city services every day. When we turn on the water, walk down the street, take the bus or take a book out of the library, we are using city services. These services affect our lives everyday.

Our municipal government, the City of Ottawa, has all or partial responsibility for the following services:

  • Child Care
  • City Police
  • Community Funding
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cultural Services
  • Employment and Training
  • Financial Assistance
  • Fire Department
  • Garbage and Recycling
  • Housing and Shelter
  • Long Term Care for the Elderly
  • Paramedics
  • Parks
  • Protection of Green Spaces and the Environment
  • Public Health
  • Public Library
  • Public Transit
  • Recreation
  • Roads
  • Water and Sewage

Decisions that affect our everyday lives are made by three levels of government: federal, provincial, and municipal.

Federal and provincial governments have more power to raise funds than municipal government. They set rules that municipalities are required to follow, like who is responsible for what and where tax money goes.

To learn more about how the provincial and federal governments work, see Appendix A and Appendix B.