<p>Orleans ( /ɔrˈliːnz/; French: [ɔʁleɑ̃]), also written Orléans, is a suburban area within the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the eastern part of the city along the Ottawa River, about 16 km (9.9 mi) from downtown Ottawa. The Canada 2006 Census gave Orleans a population of 95,491. It became a ward of the City of Ottawa in 2001. Prior to 2001, the community of Orleans was spread over two municipal jurisdictions, the eastern portion being in the pre-amalgamation City of Cumberland, the western portion in the City of Gloucester. Orleans is one of 3 areas of the post-amalgamated City of Ottawa to contain a significant francophone population, hence the city's name.
The community is thought to have been named by its first postmaster, Théodore Besserer, after his place of birth, the Île d'Orléans near Quebec City. Orleans was an incorporated police village from 1922 to 1974 and was then known as St. Joseph d'Orléans. The name corresponds to the main francophone Roman Catholic Church, Paroisse St. Joseph of which the older part of Orleans is built around, along St. Joseph Boulevard.
The community's name inspired the name of one its main roads, Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard, which</p>