Rural Action


Since 2014 the City of Ottawa has invested more in infrastrcuture renewal per kilometer of rural road in the rural areas of Cumberland Ward than in any other rural ward in the City.

The City has recently awarded the contracts for some major infrastructur rehabilitation projects in rural Cumberland Ward.

The following road works will take place this summer. Please note these tentative timelines have been provided subject to change.

Wilhaven Dr - Cox Country Rd to Sarsfield Rd - July 03 to Aug 27

Dunning Rd - Colonial Rd to French Hill Rd - July 16 to Sept 17

Dunning Rd - Innes Rd to Wilhaven Dr - July 23 to Aug 23

Renaud Rd - 150m East of Anderson Rd to 115m West of North Bend - Aug 15 to Sept 26

McNeely Rd - 920m South of Magladry Rd to Golf Course Rd - Aug 22 to Sept 12

Blais secures major grant for Cumberland Village

$13,000 for main street beautification

Stephen is proud to announce a $13,000 rural community building grant for the Cumberland Community Association to celebrate the historical legacy of Cumberland Village.

“We’ve seen a renaissance of small business along Old Montreal Road through the village,” adds Blais. “Our goal has been to draw visitors to the village through the promotion of touristic opportunities while providing the stable economic environment to encourage entrepreneurs to take a risk and open a small business.”



Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce he has successfully secured the funds to install a new Pedestrian Crossover, known as a PXO, where Henn exits onto Colonial.

"We've been working hard to find a solution to the need to cross Colonial to be able to use the sidewalk to walk to school," says Blais. "The new PXO will make it safer for all predestrians, especially children, to cross Colonial."

New Cycle Option to Connect Cumberland Village with Orléans

Paved shoulders provide safer option for cyclists

Today, Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais and Francis Drouin, MP (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) announced $1.89 million to build a cycling connection between Orléans and Cumberland Village.

“Rural Cumberland is a beautiful environment for a range of recreational activities,” says Blais. “This investment will allow us to create a connection allowing Cumberland residents to easily access Orléans, and expose Orléans residents to the beautiful environment and amazing small businesses in Cumberland village.”

Councillor Blais announces Canada 150 Civic grants for Navan

Two grant proposals from Navan get approval to help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce the awarding of two grants to celebrate Canada150 in rural Cumberland.

“The 2017 Civic Events Funding Program is a great way to ensure that villages such as Navan are able to celebrate the Canada’s biggest anniversary in the same spectacular fashion that other Ottawans do on Parliament Hill,” says Blais. “It is great to see that rural areas are getting the support they deserve to organize an unforgettable Canada Day.”

Blais Secures Rural Community-Building Grant for Vars

Grant to be used for local 150th Celebration

Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that the Vars Community Association will receive a $5,000 Rural Community-Building Grant to put towards Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

We are truly fortunate to be able to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial birthday, an important day in our nation’s history,” says Blais. “I’m happy to help ensure that rural Canadians are able to hold individual community celebrations.”

Blais Carves out Funding for Carlsbad Springs Carnival

Local Community Association receives major funding boost

Cumberland City Councillor and community champion Stephen Blais visited the Carlsbad Springs Carnival last weekend after helping them attain $4,000 in funding for the weekend festivities

“I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to support the Carlsbad Springs Community Association with this initiative,” says Blais. “Having exciting events like this in the middle of winter is a great way to raise peoples’ spirits.”

Blais secures massive grant for Navan theatre company

Vintage Stock gets a huge infrastructure boost

Cumberland Ward Councillor and supporter of community arts programs Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that Vintage Stock Theatre will receive a $40,000 grant to purchase a new portable theatrical stage.

Plaque unveiling in Vars

Plaque unveiling in Vars

Councillor Blais with members of the Cumberland Township Historical Society, today unveiled a plaque to honour the founding of Vars.
Street Renaming In Vars Officially Commemorated

Street Renaming In Vars Officially Commemorated

Centre Street in Vars is renamed after two important and early pioneer families

Councillor Stephen Blais along with Jean Seguin and members of the Allard and Suprenant families officially commemorated the renaming of Centre Street in Vars to cours Suprenant Walk and cours Lionel-Allard Walk.

As part of the Improve Process for Resolving Municipal Addressing Anomalies, Centre Street was identified as requiring a name change. Centre Street was divided into two parts, north and south of the Via railway line.

Cassandra Park


City seeks input for new parkette on Cassandra Street

Councillor Stephen Blais was pleased to welcome the public to the Vars fire station to present the preliminary design and get feedback from residents on a new parkette that is part of a new subdivision in the Village of Vars.

Rural Clean Water Grants


Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program to be renewed

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to support the City’s effort to bring cleaner water to Ottawa’s environment through local businesses and farms.

Navan Murder Mystery Officially Commemorated

Prescott-Russell Trail rest area in named after Harold H.

Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to have City Council support the Cumberland Township Historical Society’s efforts to name a Prescott - Russell Trail rest stop after OPP Constable Harold H. Dent.

Constable Dent was murdered by a foreign national while on official duty June 20,1940 at the Navan Train Station after he confronted a reportedly suspicious stranger. World War II had been underway for ten months at the time and all citizens were required to carry a national identity card.

Trim Road Sidewalk Upgrades in Navan

As part of the City’s ongoing sidewalk replacement program, sidewalk and ditching improvements are scheduled to commence this fall on the east side of Trim Road between Fairgreen Avenue and Delson Drive. The overall goal of the project is to improve pedestrian access in the area, and to improve storm drainage in the adjacent ditch.

The project will involve the replacement and widening of the existing sidewalk, and the extension of the sidewalk south to meet Delson following the existing sidewalk alignment. The ditch between the sidewalk and Trim Road will be re-graded and cleaned and all driveway culverts will be replaced. All landscaping and driveways impacted by the work will be reinstated to match existing. All work will take place within City right-of-way.



Volunteers Hard at Work to Launch Drop In Program

Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased that older adults over 50 will have an additional place to go starting this fall. A group of volunteers have worked with the City of Ottawa to establish a drop-in centre on Wednesday afternoons in the upstairs hall at the Navan Arena.

More Jobs Coming to Cumberland Ward

More Jobs Coming to Cumberland Ward

Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that City Council has paved the way for new jobs to be created in Navan. Hydro One Networks will construct an operations centre outside the Village of Navan on Frank Kenny Road.

“Bringing jobs to Orléans and Cumberland is a top priority for me,” says Councillor Blais. “While this is a small step forward, I am pleased that we are moving in the right direction with making the east end a community where residents can live, work and play.”

Councillor Blais Announces National Nutrition Month

Councillor Blais Announces National Nutrition Month

Ottawa City Councillor Stephen Blais, Vice Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, is pleased to celebrate National Nutrition Month. This year’s Nutrition Month slogan is, “Celebrate food…from field to table.”

Emphasizing the importance of the region’s agriculture sector is important for the City of Ottawa.

“Farmers and the agriculture industry provide urban residents with a life-essential resource – food,” says Councillor Blais.

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