The Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) acknowledges that it is located on the traditional and un-ceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory. As settlers, we recognize the Algonquins as the customary keepers and defenders of this land, and we honour their long history of welcoming many Nations to this beautiful territory.

The DCA is a volunteer-led not-for-profit that was founded in 1984, and is involved with projects and initiatives to improve the neighbourhood. The DCA has various committees that focus on specific areas of importance for the neighbourhood. You can learn more about our various committees here. Several committees and groups have grown from the DCA and now operate autonomously, including the Plant Pool Recreation Association.

We are the DCA

Find out what we’re about in this video created by students in the Carleton University Community Engagement Program (Fall 2022).

A quick history minute: Why are we called Dalhousie Community Association?

Apart from the Dal-HOO-zee / Dal-HOW-zee  debate, many folks, including residents of the area, wonder why we are called the Dalhousie Community.

Until 2001, Dalhousie was a municipal ward, separate from the Centretown area, which was called Wellington Ward. When the City was amalgamated in 2001, the two wards were collapsed into one, to become Somerset Ward. However, both wards had active community associations, the DCA and CCCA (now CCA). It was decided to keep the boundaries of the old wards for each of these as they wanted to continue representing these quite different areas.

So, nothing to do with a street in the Byward Market area, but a legacy from not so long ago.

When We Meet

All members are invited to the DCA Board meeting, which is normally held via Zoom on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.

DCA Committees meet regularly, at the call of the Committee chair. If you are interested in attending the Board meeting or a committee meeting, please contact

Where We Are

The DCA consists of the neighbours who live in the western half of Ottawa’s Somerset Ward, including Chinatown, Little Italy, and Lebreton Flats. Its area is bounded by: 

  • Bay Street to the East 
  • Bayview Station / O-Train Line 2 to the West
  • the Ottawa River to the North 
  • Highway 417 to the South (East of Booth) 
  • Carling Avenue to the South (West of Booth)


  • Catherine Boucher, President
  • Ed McKenna, Vice-President
  • Ryan Turley, Secretary
  • Dave Seaborn, Treasurer

Find out more!

This brochure was created by students in the Carleton University Community Engagement Program (Fall 2022). Check out their amazing work!