Have your say on how to make Ottawa an even greater place to live.


Calling all CityMakers

Synapcity connects and inspires the people of Ottawa to embrace their capacity for positive change.

In October 2016, we launched a campaign to solicit ideas from the people of Ottawa to make our city happier, healthier, smarter and safer. This initiative empowers greater Participatory CityMaking, actively involving stakeholders to find sustainable, usable results. This motivates citizens to find, share and act in ways that give back to their city. The ideas that Synapcity receives will be collated into a shared report of insights into diverse Ottawans’ hopes for the future growth of our city.

Through this deliberative participation, different perspectives can benefit from sustainable, innovative and mutually shared solutions to its problems. We help people and organizations of all backgrounds work together to progress Ottawa’s social and economic development. We facilitate positive civic engagement, building bridges between disparate communities, so everyone feels connected and responsible for their city.

Our city is its people. We’ve helped individuals across Ottawa collaborate to create some amazing projects that make our city an even greater place to live.


Some of our alumni have created amazing projects which you can support with your time and energy. Take a look at a few here.

Jeremy Colbeck & BeetBox Farm

Jeremy Colbeck re-launched BeetBox Cooperative Farm with David Mazur-Goulet and Lise-Anne Léveillé.   

Innovation & Creation Lab

Huguette Jean-Francois is the co-creator of the Innovation & Creation Lab: an ambitious, innovative social enterprise.

Whitewater Community Kayaking

Juan Pablo Lavin is a whitewater kayaker, determined to preserve as many kayaking spots as possible, and to improve accessibility for future generations.

The Ottawa Art Society Fund

Julie Hodgson came to the Fall Civics Boot Camp session in 2014 bringing her lifelong love affair with art to the table.

Lending Library

Maria Gomez Umana graduated from the Synapcity Civics Boot Camp with a burning desire: improve the city. Specifically, she wanted to develop a stronger sense of community in her Kanata Lakes neighbourhood.


The campaign aims to create a network of safe, accessible, free, clean and environmentally responsible public toilets and water fountains in parks, major transit stops and key public places in Ottawa.  

Ottawa Tool Library

If I had a hammer. That was Bettina Vollmerhausen’s wish. She wanted to create a lending library similar to a public book library but with a focus on household tools.

Prime Ministers’ Row

Prime Ministers’ Row (PMR) will become an innovative, participation-oriented, multi-block, multimedia outdoor cultural space designed to encourage reflection on national questions of governance, identity, culture, values and history.