District Needs Analysis

What is the District Needs Analysis?

The District Needs Analysis (DNA) provides a current and future snapshot of the District’s facilities inventory. The analysis takes into account the needs of not only the District as a whole but also the needs of the individual communities served by examining the following factors:

  • Growth pressures;
  • Trends in enrolment;
  • Gaps in program accessibility;
  • New program initiatives;
  • Facility condition; and
  • Suitability as teaching and learning space.

Schools have been organized and placed into larger geographic review areas. These larger geographic areas take in a cluster of schools that are generally linked by neighbourhood geography.  Each of the review area sections contains a title page, a map, a narrative summary by individual school, an enrolment and capacity chart and graph, and a Summary of Issues page.

The Summary of Issues page provides a review area overview of some of the variables used as part of the planning exercise. The page includes five measurable indicators: Building Condition, Program Viability, Low Enrolment, Low Utilization Rates, and High Utilization Rates.

The DNA also includes a list of planned growth needs; those previously approved by Board and submitted to the Ministry, and those newly identified within the 2018 DNA. These are found at the end of each of the review area sections.

Why is the district completing a DNA?

Although the DNA provides information which informs a variety of planning functions, its main purpose is to support decision-making around the 2018 capital priorities-setting process. The Ministry capital priorities process operates around a scoped three-year window of need. Each submission call requests that Boards submit their list of capital needs which have planned opening dates of no further than three years into the future – for the 2018 call this would be no later than 2021.

What areas have been identified as growth areas?

Attached is a summary chart of growth needs identified within the 2018 DNA. The chart includes the year the project is planned to be needed and the review area it is contained in. There are a total of ten growth needs identified, as follows:

How will this affect you?

Below you will find a listing of OCDSB elementary and secondary schools and the review areas they are located within. The listings are sorted by the school (alphabetically).

 Elementary  Secondary


As part of our commitment to community engagement, we wanted to ensure that stakeholders are aware of this work and have an opportunity to provide input.  We recognize that the issue is of greater interest to some individuals and school communities than others, but anyone may provide their feedback.

Key questions to consider:

  1. Are the District Needs Analysis packages laid out in a usable manner?
  2. Are there any factors that impact the analysis of growth needs which have not been included?
  3. Does this information help inform the setting of OCDSB capital priorities for 2018 and in future years?

If you are interested in providing input, please remember that the DNA takes into account the needs of the District as a whole and not just the needs of individual school communities. The list of capital needs and supporting analyses help inform the identification of major projects.  It is not intended to generate a list of cyclical facility renewal works such as the replacement of windows, boilers, roofs, etc.

We encourage you to share your feedback regarding the process and capital needs in your area via the following:


Fax:                613 820-5210 or

Mail:                2018 OCDSB Capital Priorities

                        133 Greenbank Road

                        Ottawa, Ontario K2H 6L3


A comprehensive consultation plan was approved by the board at the November 28, 2017, Board meeting. Learn more here.

New! An information report will be presented to the Trustees at the Committee of the Whole meeting on April 17, 2018.  This report will outline the consultative process followed, feedback received from the public and contain a staff-recommended list of capital priorities.

Final decisions regarding the OCDSB 2018 capital priorities are scheduled to be made by the Board in May 2018.


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