The Ontario Government announced on April 25, 2020, that it is permitting the use of allotment gardens and community gardens across the province, because these gardens are an essential source of fresh food for some individuals and families, including those who face food insecurity.

Please note that, before they can officially open, community gardens in Ottawa need approval from Just Food, the organization that partners with the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health to support community gardens in Ottawa.  Just Food is finalizing garden safety protocols and will be in touch with all garden coordinators during the week of April 27-May 1 with an online webinar to get started.

For more detailed information, please visit Just Food’s news release about community gardens opening.

For those interested in the Carlington Community Garden (located at the corner of Woodward Avenue and McBride Street), please send an email to to find out more.

You may want to subscribe to the Community Garden Network of Ottawa newsletter, to get updates all year round.

Congratulations to everyone who wrote a letter, signed a petition, took part in articles and shared information through their contacts.  This helped identify the importance of growing food at the household level and the importance of community food gardening available everywhere (on balconies, yards, raised beds and community gardens).