Crime Prevention Program

The Vanier Neighbourhood Story

When the City of Ottawa underwent amalgamation in 2001, the former City of Vanier went from seven regional and municipal council representatives to one city councillor. Prior to amalgamation, it was common for Vanier’s residents to engage elected and appointed municipal officials in casual conversation, heading off small issues before they became big ones. Redefining itself as a small neighbourhood in a large regional municipality – it covers only three of Ottawa’s 2,800 square kilometers – Vanier’s traditional problem-solving process faltered. Distinguished by its francophone character, older buildings and proximity to the City’s By Ward Market, Vanier began to struggle with higher levels of drug trafficking and prostitution. Increasingly unkempt streets and parks, and dilapidated businesses and residences contributed to a sense of decline. On the surface, Vanier’s 15,726 residents – 69 percent of whom rent their homes compared with 37 percent in the rest of the city1 – seemed to have given up hope for better days. Community members rarely reported crimes or concerns about suspicious activities to the police. A Community Police Centre, established to foster relationships and educate the public about crime and safety issues, had failed to attract much notice among residents in general. Neighbourhood Watch programs were nonexistent. To continue reading the Vanier story, click here.  

Important numbers/websites: 

  • Non-urgent number, Ottawa Police Service: 613-230-6211
  • Vanier Community Police: 613-236-1222 x 7300
  • Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or crimestoppers.ca
  • City of Ottawa: 3-1-1
  • www.togetherforvanier.com