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Community Development Framework

Growing Strong Ottawa Neighbourhoods Together

The Community Development Framework (CDF) is a way to develop community that focuses on neighbourhoods. It brings together residents, community organizations, funders, researchers, and city services to build strong neighbourhoods.

CDF will help a neighbourhood:

  • Decide on its goals and the changes it wants to make
  • Achieve the neighbourhood’s goals by having residents, institutions, community agencies, and other stakeholders working together
  • Develop the skills and support to make the changes happen

Theguiding principles:

  1. Get everyone involved
  2. Encourage working together
  3. Facilitate learning
  4. Encourage leadership
  5. Build on strengths
  6. Leverage resources
  7. Recognize complexity
  8. Build relationships that will last
  9. Plan for the future
  10. Celebrate success

How does the CDF work?

Across priority neighbourhoods in Ottawa:

  • It starts with the people who live and work in the neighbourhood. They get together to work on local concerns that matter to them.
  • Residents and community partners identify the neighbour­hood's assets and needs using tools such as a neighbourhood survey or discussion groups
  • Residents and partners make a plan to address concerns and then they put the plan into action.
  • Community agencies and institutions identify possible partners, resources. Resources may come from the neighbourhood, the city, or the province.  Community agencies and institutions help respond to the neighbourhood concerns that require change at a level beyond the neighbourhood (example: access to affordable, nutritious food).
  • Residents and partners evaluate what worked well and what needs to be improved.
  • Residents and partners make changes and keep going.
  • CDF provides ways for residents and service providers to share knowledge and skills about how best to make change that will improve the neighbourhood.
  • CDF supports neighbourhoods to celebrate their accomplishments to improve their neighbourhoods.
  • Change happens when people work together! 

To find out more, visit the Community Development Framework website.