What is The Citizens Academy?
The City is the Citizen

We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. We help citizens learn together, connect with each other and take action on issues important to community well-being. We do this by providing them with the knowledge, tools and self-confidence to constructively engage both citizens and institutions in service of creating a better city.

What do we do?
That's a great question

To influence decisions, you need to know where decisions are made. We help you understand how to take a systems approach to the city we live in, leverage public engagement, and work constructively with local government and other organizations.

More about Learning


We believe the best discussions happen when diverse people share their ideas in a respectful environment. We provide a supportive and safe place to meet each other and discuss civic issues that matter to you, free from judgment.

More about Connecting


Citizens are ready to help shape their city. Our network provides ongoing support to your team with people who can help you transform your passions into action.

More about Acting

What's been happening
From the blog
Is it possible to have too much democracy?
Is it possible to have too much democracy? Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. — H. L. Mencken Demo [...]
Citizens Academy event July 21: What does it take to be an Ottawa placemaker?
What does it take to be an Ottawa Placemaker? Thursday, July 21 5:30 to 7:30 pm allsaints, 10 Blackburn Ave. light refreshments provided, suggested d [...]
Request for Proposals: Evaluator Citizens Academy 2016-2019.
Request for proposals: Evaluator
Citizens Academy is seeking proposals for a three-year evaluation project designed to measure direct program effects on participants both during and a [...]
Placemaking blossoms in Wellington West (and Citizens Academy is hiring!)
Citizens Academy was thrilled to receive over 80 people to Citizen City on May 15 at Mostly Danish in Wellington West. An incredible turnout from a gr [...]
A Big Thank You

In recognition of the generous financial support


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Anonymous Donor X 6, Audrey Galbraith Memorial Fund, Ian Glen, Jackie Holzman, Donna & Fred Kaufman, Barbara McInnes, Alex Munter, Shirley Westeinde

The support and contributions of our partners

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Citizens Academy’s hope is to be able to offer all communications in both French and English, but currently, it does not have the capacity to translate web content and newsletters.