Centretown is a neighbourhood in Somerset Ward, in central Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is defined by the city as "the area bounded on the north by Gloucester Street and Lisgar Street, on the east by the Rideau Canal, on the south by the Queensway freeway and on the west by Bronson Avenue."[2] Traditionally it was all of Ottawa west of the Rideau Canal, while Lower Town was everything to the east. For certain purposes, such as the census and real estate listings, the Golden Triangle and/or Downtown Ottawa (between Gloucester/Lisgar and the Ottawa River) is included in Centretown and it is considered part of Centretown by the Centretown Citizens Community Association[3] as well as being used in this way in casual conversation.

Centretown seen towards Downtown
Location of Centretown Ottawa in Ottawa
Coordinates: 45°24′40″N 75°41′40″W
  Community AssociationCentretown Citizens Community Association
  PresidentTomas Whillans[1]
  MPsCatherine McKenna
  MPPsJoel Harden
  CouncillorsCatherine McKenney
  Total2.1 km2 (0.81 sq mi)
75 m (250 ft)
  Density11,344.2/km2 (29,411.1/sq mi)
 Canada 2016 Census
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))

The total population of Centretown (south of Gloucester Street) was 23,823 according to the Canada 2016 Census.[4]

Centretown is marked by a mix of residential and commercial properties. The main streets such as Bank Street and Elgin Street are largely commercial, while the smaller ones, notably MacLaren and Gladstone are more residential. Much of the area still consists of original single family homes, but there are newer infill and town house developments and low-rise and high-rise apartment buildings. A construction boom that began in the late nineties significantly increased the number of condominiums and other residential and commercial high-rise buildings north of Cooper Street.

Landmarks include the Canadian Museum of Nature, Dundonald Park, Jack Purcell Park, McNabb Recreation Centre, the Ottawa Curling Club, the Sens Mile and the Ottawa Central Bus Station.


According to the Canada 2006 Census. Defined as the area of Ottawa bounded on the west by Bronson, north by Gloucester Street, east by the Rideau Canal and on the south by the Queensway.

  • Population: 20,513
  • Change (2001–2006): -3.1%
  • Total Private Dwellings: 14,040
  • Land Area: 2.1 km².
  • Population density: 9768.1 per km².

Precise numbers are difficult because of the large contingent of transient residents in the neighbourhood, many of whom are students or hill staffers temporarily living in Ottawa.

Mid-Centretown Design Study

In 2009, the City of Ottawa launched a Mid-Centretown Community Design Plan study, which was to cover the area roughly bounded by "Elgin Street on the east, the 417 on the south, Kent Street on the west and the Central Area boundary/Gloucester Street on the north". Since that time, the study has come to encompass the entirety of Centretown. The design plan is targeted for completion in the fall of 2012.

Members of Parliament

The area was represented by two members from 1872 to 1935

  1. Joseph Merrill Currier, Liberal-Conservative (1867–1882); Ottawa (City of)
  2. John Bower Lewis, Conservative (1872–1874); Ottawa (City of)
  3. Pierre St. Jean, Liberal (1874–1878); Ottawa (City of)
  4. Joseph Tassé, Conservative (1878–1887); Ottawa (City of)
  5. Charles H. Mackintosh, Conservative (1882–1887); Ottawa (City of)
  6. W. G. Perley, Conservative (1887–1890); Ottawa (City of)
  7. Honoré Robillard, Liberal-Conservative (1887–1896); Ottawa (City of)
  8. Charles H. Mackintosh, Conservative (1890–1893); Ottawa (City of)
  9. James Alexander Grant, Conservative (1893–1896); Ottawa (City of)
  10. William H. Hutchison, Liberal (1896–1900); Ottawa (City of)
  11. N. A. Belcourt, Liberal (1896–1907); Ottawa (City of)
  12. Thomas Birkett, Conservative (1900–1904); Ottawa (City of)
  13. Robert Stewart, Liberal (1904–1908); Ottawa (City of)
  14. J. B. T. Caron, Liberal (1907–1908); Ottawa (City of)
  15. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Liberal (1908–1910); Ottawa (City of)
  16. Harold B. McGiverin, Liberal (1908–1911); Ottawa (City of)
  17. Albert Allard, Liberal (1910–1911); Ottawa (City of)
  18. Alfred Ernest Fripp, Conservative (1911–1921); Ottawa (City of)
  19. John Léo Chabot, Conservative (1911–1921); Ottawa (City of)
  20. Harold B. McGiverin, Liberal (1921–1925); Ottawa (City of)
  21. Edgar Rodolphe Chevrier, Liberal (1921–1925); Ottawa (City of)
  22. Stewart McClenaghan, Conservative (1925–1926); Ottawa (City of)
  23. John Léo Chabot, Conservative (1925–1926); Ottawa (City of)
  24. Edgar Rodolphe Chevrier, Liberal (1926–1935); Ottawa (City of)
  25. Gordon Cameron Edwards, Liberal (1926–1930); Ottawa (City of)
  26. Thomas Franklin Ahearn, Liberal (1930–1940); Ottawa (City of) to 1935. Ottawa West from 1935
  27. George McIlraith, Liberal (1940–1972); Ottawa West to 1968. Ottawa Centre from 1968
  28. Hugh Poulin, Liberal (1973–1978); Ottawa Centre
  29. Robert de Cotret, Progressive Conservative (1978–1979); Ottawa Centre
  30. John Evans, Liberal (1979–1984); Ottawa Centre
  31. Michael Cassidy, NDP (1984–1988); Ottawa Centre
  32. Mac Harb, Liberal (1988–2003); Ottawa Centre
  33. Ed Broadbent, NDP (2004–2005)
  34. Paul Dewar, NDP (2006–2015)
  35. Catherine McKenna, Liberal (2015–present)

Centretown churches

Centretown embassies

See also


  1. http://www.centretowncitizens.ca
  2. Former Ottawa 3.1 Location
  3. Centretown Citizens' Community Association - About Us Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Population is calculated from combining Census Tracts 5050040.00, 5050039.00, 5050038.00, 5050037.0 and 5050049.00
  • Burns,, Mrs. John C. (1981), Stewarton, a suburb of Ottawa. Bytown pamphlet series, Ottawa, Ontario: The Historical Society of OttawaCS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
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