Helping the City of Ottawa ease shelter pressures

The Government of Canada is continuing to work collaboratively
with provincial, territorial and municipal partners to help alleviate the
pressures they are facing with respect to providing temporary housing to asylum
seekers.

The
Government of Canada will provide the City of Ottawa with $7 million to address
costs to date with the acute temporary housing shortages affecting many people,
including asylum claimants.

Access to shelters is an important support for
vulnerable families, seniors, women and children, and asylum claimants. Temporary
housing has been a key challenge in many municipalities, including Ottawa. The
demand for shelter space this past year has increased due to the impacts of
global migration and the number of asylum claimants seeking Canada’s protection.

The
funding provided to Ottawa demonstrates our commitment to taking practical
action to provide assistance as we continue to pursue a cost-sharing agreement
with the Government of Ontario regarding this area of shared jurisdiction.

Quotes

“This
funding for Ottawa and the recent funding
provided to Toronto assist our key partners in securing temporary housing for
those in need, including asylum claimants. I continue
to engage with Minister MacLeod on this issue of shared jurisdiction to
reach agreements that would address the temporary housing needs in our
communities. I continue to believe the
Government of Ontario has a role to play in distributing funds to help with
housing pressures”.

– The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized
Crime Reduction

“Over the last year, Ottawa has seen a
significant and sustained increase in the number of asylum claimants seeking
temporary housing in Ottawa. This increase has put a strain on our emergency
shelter system and has resulted in an increase in the use of hotels/motels to fill the temporary housing capacity gap. Ottawa currently has over
656 placement requests– 466 families, 21 couples and 169 singles. This funding
will help address the cost pressures on our family and emergency shelter
system. This funding will also help the City increase the
development of additional affordable housing to reduce our reliance on
hotels/motels as temporary shelters. We are grateful to the Government of
Canada for its commitment to addressing the impacts of global migration on the
City of Ottawa”.

– Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

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Mayor Watson's letter to Minister Elliott regarding the City's Consumption and Treatment Services site

Dear Minister Elliott,

The
decision by yourMinistry that ongoing operating funds will not
be provided for the Consumption and Treatment Services site operated by Ottawa
Public Health (OPH), at 179 Clarence Street, is a matter of great concern. In
the face of an ongoing substance use crisis in Ottawa, and across the province,
we suggest that this is a time that provincial support for this service should
be expanded, not reduced.

For over
20 years, OPH has served and provided leadership in the community of Ottawa by
reducing the risk of infectious diseases and deaths through provision of harm
reduction services and coordination across agencies.  Through a needle distribution and retrieval
program at 179 Clarence St.; a mobile van that travels throughout our city;
and, through operation of a consumption and treatment site, OPH has been a
pioneer in delivering services to prevent the transmission of HIV, hepatitis C
and other associated diseases, link people to social and health services, in
short, saving lives among people who use drugs and protecting the community.

The
consumption and treatment service at 179 Clarence St. has been operational
since September 2017.  Over that period,
this one site alone has received 14,731 visits during which drugs were
consumed; served 513 unique clients; overseen 202 visits where a client
required enhanced monitoring; managed 132 overdoses within the CTS and
immediate surroundings; and, reduced the burden of clients transported to a
hospital emergency department by 121. 
Using average costs for paramedic transport and emergency room visits,
the actions of the OPH team have saved $135,000, not including police and fire
service response calls, through service avoidance alone.  The lifetime savings from preventing a single
case of HIV are also significant, nearly $300,000, so the service provides
value for money. Furthermore, the value of supporting someone to end problematic
substance use is invaluable.

At the
same time, and consistent with current government objectives and policy, OPH employees
at 179 Clarence have made: 70 addictions services referrals; 91 social services
referrals; and, 148 health services referrals. The OPH consumption and
treatment site has been providing the residents of Ottawa with exactly the type
of programming that your government has envisioned and has continued to add on
more comprehensive services, such as social work and capacity to start
prescribed opioid agonist therapy on site.

The demand
for these comprehensive services continues to grow as the risk of death due to
fentanyl overdose continues each day. Accordingly, in addition to operating a
consumption and treatment site,  OPH has supported
other health organizations to add to their programs and services to provide
supervised consumption services connected to primary care, managed opioid
programs and the social supports needed to save lives and address some of the
challenges of people most in need in our community. 

OPH also plays
critical roles in the prevention of substance use, promoting an expansion of
the harm reduction approach across all treatment agencies, and in fostering
connections between organizations for more integrated mental health and
substance use treatment options that put the needs of the clients first.  By way of example, OPH recently partnered with
The Royal to host an opioids overdose summit, which included more than 200
stakeholders and people with lived experience, to prioritize ideas and actions
for a collective comprehensive approach to reduce the risk of opioid overdose
in Ottawa.

While we understand
that the 179 Clarence Street site is only 293 metres from the site operated by
Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) on Murray St, that is the nature of the
vulnerable population in our city. It is important to consider that the clients
of these two services have not been interchangeable. Those who are served by
179 Clarence St. go there by choice, as many have preferred not to attend other
nearby services, and vice versa. Furthermore, both the OPH site and the OICH
site have operated at capacity since they have been in operation.  This proves that not only is there is a
demand, but there is a requirement for these consumption and treatment
services in the City of Ottawa.

Accordingly,
we are requesting that you review the Ottawa Public Health application to
continue to operate the 179 Clarence St. site, and overturn the decision to immediately
terminate funding to this vital service in the City of Ottawa.                                                                            

Sincerely,

Jim
Watson                                                      Councillor
Keith Egli                                      

Mayor                                                             Chair
of the Ottawa Board of Health             

City of Ottawa                                                 City
of Ottawa                        


City of Ottawa and TransitNEXT reach financial close on Stage 2 Trillium Line south extension

Ottawa – Today, the City of Ottawa and TransitNEXT reached financial close on the Stage 2 Trillium Line south extension. This milestone was achieved following the execution of the transfer payment agreements with both the federal and provincial governments earlier this week, securing a total $2.366 billion contribution to Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT Project.

Stage 2 will extend
the O-Train network farther south, east, and west, adding approximately 44
kilometres of new rail and 24 new stations. On March 6, Ottawa City Council approved TransitNEXT to
design, build, finance and maintain the expanded Stage 2 Trillium Line and East-West
Connectors to design, build and finance the Stage 2 Confederation Line east and
west extensions.

With formal confirmation of the financial contributions
of both senior levels of government, the City has reached financial close for
the Trillium Line extension and has entered into a project agreement with TransitNEXT,
a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, based on their submitted schedule and
price. The City anticipates
that it will reach financial close with East-West Connectors by the end of April 2019.

The Stage 2 Trillium Line south extension will add 16
kilometres of new rail and eight new stations, extending the O-Train network
farther south from Greenboro Station to Limebank Station, with a link to the
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. TransitNEXT will also be
responsible for upgrading the existing stations as well as maintenance for the
existing infrastructure and rolling stock.

The agreement with TransitNEXT for the Trillium Line
Extension is a fixed-price contract worth $663 million, with SNC-Lavalin
providing an additional $136 million in private capital contributions upfront.
When including the long-term cost to maintain and rehabilitate both the
existing Trillium Line and its new extension, the total project is valued at
$1.6 billion.

In reaching financial close, the City of Ottawa and
TransitNEXT have signed all the project and financing agreements, which enable access
to funding and project implementation. In the coming weeks, the contract will
be posted on the accountability and transparency section of the City’s website,
with appropriate redactions pursuant to MFIPPA and translation requirements.

The TransitNEXT team will begin to mobilize on-site and start site
preparatory work in the coming weeks. Construction is anticipated to be
complete in 2022, with testing, commissioning and training carried out as
segments are completed.

When complete, Stage 2 will bring 77 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail. The Stage 2 O-Train network will result in a fully grade-separated system that spans nearly 64 kilometres to include 41 stations, 85 vehicles and three maintenance and storage facilities.


Ontario Government Announces Investment in Ottawa LRT

OTTAWA — Ontario's government is working for the people to make commutes shorter, relieve congestion and build better transit faster. Today, Premier Doug Ford and Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced that the Ontario government will provide the City of Ottawa with a maximum of $1.208 billion to build the Ottawa Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project. 

"Building a quality transit system is a big step forward in making sure Ottawa is open for business and open for jobs," said Ford. "The people of this great city deserve a world-class transportation system that gets both them and the economy moving. This investment puts people first."  

The Ottawa Stage 2 LRT project will be capable of reaching a future capacity of up to 24,000 passengers per hour, each way during peak periods.

"I am very appreciative that the Government of Ontario is investing with us to make Stage 2 LRT a reality for the residents of Ottawa," said Mayor Jim Watson. "Stage 2 will extend our LRT network to communities farther east, west and south. It will bring 77 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail service."

The Stage 2 LRT project will add 44 kilometres of new rail and 24 new stations, and consists of three light rail extensions:

  • Confederation Line east to Trim Road
  • Confederation Line west to Moodie Drive and southwest to Algonquin College
  • Trillium Line south to Limebank Road, with a spur to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

"The Ontario government is a strong supporter of public transit," said Yurek. "The Ottawa Stage 2 LRT construction project will transform the way residents and commuters travel within the City of Ottawa. The new LRT will shorten commute times, and help people get to work, school or appointments quickly and conveniently — and, just as importantly, help people get back home to their families at the end of the day. It will also help Ontario's economy by creating more jobs in the construction industry."

Quick Facts

  • The Trillium Line south extension is scheduled for completion in 2022, and the Confederation Line east and west extensions are scheduled for completion in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
  • Through earlier investments, the Ontario government also committed up to $600 million toward the Ottawa Stage 1 LRT project.
  • Stage 2 will create jobs and investment by generating a projected 27,000 person-years of employment and an economic impact of $5.6 billion.
  • Stage 2 will reduce Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 110,000 tonnes by 2048.

Additional Resources

Click here to read the Release on the Government of Ontario's website.


City celebrates MIFO at the 13th Annual Francophone RendezVous with the Mayor

Ottawa –  The City celebrated today the 40th anniversary of the
Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) today at the 13th
Annual Francophone RendezVous with the Mayor. While pursuing its mission of
promoting francophone culture and providing educational, artistic and community
activities and services to residents of Orléans and Ottawa, MIFO has become the
largest Franco-Ontarian Cultural Centre.

MIFO was borne out of a project by high school students at École
secondaire catholique Garneau in 1978 and the work of some members of the
Orléans Chamber of Commerce at the time. For the past four decades, MIFO has
experienced constant growth, offering a wide variety of cultural and community
programming along with educational services for children.

The Francophone RendezVous provides members of Council and City staff
with an opportunity to meet with francophone leaders and residents, highlight
Francophone municipal supports and services to the community and celebrate
Francophone culture in Ottawa.

Amongst its accomplishments this year, the City has:

  • Added more francophone programming in rural areas, in
    particular Osgoode and Metcalfe
  • Established partnerships with organizations like
    Retraite en Action and Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre Est to grow its
    French recreational programming in the western part of the city.

The City of Ottawa is also proud to have to date contributed $ 529,000
for the building of a new gymnasium for the MIFO expansion project.

Quote

“Our francophone community has a rich cultural heritage that has helped
shape Ottawa. Organizations like MIFO help protect and promote our unique
francophone culture in our city. For the past 40 years, MIFO has provided rich
cultural, artistic and recreational programming to many generations of
francophone residents in Ottawa’s east end. MIFO’s future is promising and I
hope it maintains its impressive rate of growth.”

- Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

“Every year, the Mayor’s Francophone breakfast provides an opportunity
to highlight the contributions made by an Ottawa organization to the
francophone and francophile community. MIFO is truly honoured to be this year’s
choice, especially in light of our 40th anniversary celebrations. The
organization has been contributing to the growth of the Francophone and
Francophile community since 1979. To date, three generations have enjoyed the
benefits of our programs and services, which continue to stimulate the
francophone community in Orléans and promote its development across Ottawa.
MIFO is truly a family and community affair!”

- Trèva Cousineau, President, Mouvement d’implication
francophone d’Orléans

Key Facts

  • More than 9.5 million people in Canada keep the French language
    alive and share their heritage with their fellow Canadians.
  • Almost one Franco-Ontarian in four lives in Ottawa. Proud of its bilingual status, the City of Ottawa provides quality
    services in French and in English to its residents.
  • The City of Ottawa is part of the Réseau des villes francophones
    et francophiles d’Amérique which creates links between francophone communities
    that foster tourism, economic and cultural benefits.

City proposes plan to spark urban renewal and economic growth in Vanier

Ottawa –  The City of Ottawa has developed a Community
Improvement Plan (CIP) for Montreal Road, between North River Road and the
Aviation Parkway in Vanier. Pending Council approval, the proposed plan would
stimulate urban renewal and economic development, helping to revitalize the
community.

The City collaborated with Quartier Vanier BIA and
worked closely with local business and property owners to establish the CIP.
The result is an innovative approach that will have a significant impact on our
collective efforts to attract investment and spur economic growth and renewal
in Vanier.

Community Improvement Plans provide incentives for
property owners to invest in the redevelopment of lands and buildings that are
underutilized, or in need of renovation. The Montreal Road CIP focuses on the
specific needs of the community by offering incentives that will also encourage
the development of affordable housing, cultural activities and social
enterprises, as well as create jobs.

The CIP is designed to promote urban renewal by
offering Tax Increment Equivalent Grants for eligible property-improvement
projects. It will generate investments that will create employment
opportunities in Vanier while improving the livability and cultural vibrancy of
the area.

The City will reimburse property owners 75 per cent of
the increment in the municipal property tax each year for a maximum of 10
years. These grants would be calculated on the increase in municipal property
taxes, resulting from a minimum of $50,000 in uplift value created through
redevelopment.

The unique aspect of the Montreal
Road CIP
is that it offers increased incentives for projects that respond
to the specific needs of the community. As part of this plan, developments that
dedicate space to affordable housing, cultural activities or social enterprises
will receive a grant equal to 100 per cent of the municipal tax increase,
instead of the regular 75 per cent.

Once approved, the CIP would launch concurrently with
the planned renewal of Montreal Road’s infrastructure in 2019, providing a
unique opportunity to reshape this important corridor and develop its full
potential. This project is part of Vision
Vanier
, a series of City initiatives with intersecting goals to revitalize
the neighbourhood and build a livable, prosperous and vibrant Vanier for
residents and businesses alike.

Projects tied to Vision Vanier include:

  • Vanier Neighbourhood Revitalization Strategy
  • Montreal Road Revitalization
  • Montreal Road Community Improvement Plan
  • Vanier Cultural Revitalization
  • Vanier Public Art Program

Quotes

“This Community Improvement Plan will
help us revitalize the neighbourhood and jumpstart economic growth and renewal
in Vanier. It will also respond to the specific needs of the community by
preserving and encouraging the development of space for affordable housing,
cultural activities and social enterprises.”

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

“This is an exciting time for Vanier. We have a unique opportunity to
reshape Montreal Road and develop its potential, thanks to the renewal of the
street’s infrastructure happening in tandem with the proposed investment
incentives of the CIP. Our vision is to see this important corridor become an
environment where people want to live and do business.”

Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier Ward


Statement by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson following today’s tabling of the Government of Canada’s 2019 Budget

ʺToday’s budget builds on the federal government’s previous
commitment to working with municipalities to deliver positive and significant
outcomes for residents in the areas of infrastructure, affordable housing,
transit and the environment.

Continued infrastructure investments are crucial. In particular, a
long-term, predictable and permanent public transit fund is essential to
providing stability and facilitating long-term city-building.

I am extremely pleased with the one time doubling of the federal
gas tax funds. This will mean an additional $56.7 million for Ottawa in 2019.
This funding will significantly improve the affordability of our transit
capital projects that will benefit Ottawa residents for generations to come.

Earlier this month, City Council approved our financial plan for
moving forward with Stage 2 of LRT, for which the federal government has
already committed $1.16 billion in funding. I look forward to a continued
partnership with the federal government as we begin to plan for Stage 3.

This budget also builds on and modernizes the federal-municipal
relationship by providing $1 billion in direct federal funding to municipalities,
through the FCM, for a variety of green initiatives that will achieve
meaningful results for residents.

The City of Ottawa remains committed to working with federal and
provincial counterparts to help ensure everyone has a safe place to live and
that we eliminate chronic homelessness. The City’s 2019 budget includes an
additional $15 million for affordable housing over and above existing
allocations, and we welcome federal initiatives that will accelerate delivery
of federal funding through the National Housing Strategy.

In addition, the $300 million fund announced to enable retrofits
of residential units will help Ottawa residents enhance the energy efficiency
of their homes.

This budget delivers major results for municipalities and is a
turning point for cities who deliver direct services to residents on the
ground. Our staff will be looking at the details of today’s Budget over the
coming weeks to identify all funding opportunities that would benefit the
residents of Ottawa.”

- Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa


City launches the development of its Women and Gender Equity Strategy

Ottawa – At the Mayor’s annual
International Women’s Day breakfast, Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Theresa
Kavanagh, Council’s first Liaison for Women and Gender Equity, launched the
City’s Women and Gender Equity Strategy.

The Strategy will be
developed for Council to implement in 2020. The City will be holding a public
forum within the next six months to solicit resident feedback and ideas
relating to women’s issues and gender equity. The 2019 budget has allocated
$210,000 to fund the strategy, which includes one staff position.

As the City conducted its
Governance Review consultations, Members of Council were supportive of
establishing a Council Liaison for Women’s Issues in an effort to promote and
advance gender-equity in programs and policies currently in place.

As part of the Governance
Review, Council also committed to aim for 50/50 gender parity on the City’s
advisory committees and boards, which, after completing the selection and
appointment process, has been achieved.

A Sponsors Group was
established to develop the mandate of the Council Liaison, including how it
will intersect with Standing Committees and departmental staff. The Sponsors
Group is made up of the Mayor or his designate, Councillor Catherine McKenney,
Councillor Diane Deans and Councillor Sudds the Chair of the Community and
Protective Services Committee. They will work closely with City Manager Steve
Kanellakos or his designate, Janice Burelle, GM, Community and Social Services
and Donna Gray, GM Service Innovation and Performance.

Quotes

“The
development of the City’s Women and Gender Equity strategy reaffirms our
commitment to advancing equity and inclusion for all. I am proud that we have
already taken a step to ensure greater women and gender equity by achieving
gender parity on our advisory committees and boards. I look forward to working
with Councillor Kavanagh, our City’s first Council Liaison for Women and Gender Equity and I thank the women on
Council who have championed this initiative.”

Mayor Jim Watson

“I am
excited to be Council’s first Liaison on Women and Gender Equity. I look
forward to working with residents, my Council colleagues and staff to prepare
Ottawa’s first ever Women and Gender Equity Strategy. I would like to thank
Councillors Deans and McKenney and the work of the Sponsors Group in making
this initiative a reality. There will be opportunities for the public to get
involved and I encourage everyone to do so.”

Bay Ward Councillor and Council Liaison on Women and Gender Equity
Theresa Kavanagh


Council approves Budget 2019 and Stage 2 light-rail transit

Ottawa –  Council today approved the budget for 2019 and
Stage 2 light-rail transit, allowing construction of the City’s O-Train network
expansion to begin this year.

The approved Budget
2019
makes investments to build more affordable housing, close Ottawa’s
infrastructure gap, expand public transit service and enhance the safety of
Ottawa’s communities.

“Council has approved a financial plan for this year that is prudent and
affordable, and will make needed investments to close the City’s infrastructure
gap sooner than previously planned,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The approval of
Stage 2 of the O-Train is an important step forward for Ottawa as we near the
one-million population mark, ensuring that future generations are well served
by the world-class public transit.”

“Budget 2019 strikes a balance between the provision of quality
frontline services to the public, including more paramedics and long-term care
staff, and our commitment to renew and maintain the City’s infrastructure,”
said City Manager Steve Kanellakos. “Ultimately, our goal is to help build a
city with better roads and sidewalks, expanded transit, more affordable housing
and safer communities.”

The budget includes $15 million to build more affordable housing for
residents, including approximately 125 new affordable housing units which will
be approved this year. Should other levels of government match the municipal
investment, this could double the number of approved new units to 250. Many of
these units would be built near transit or light-rail stations. The City
currently provides $111 million towards housing and homelessness, such as social
housing, housing subsidies, support services and homelessness initiatives.

The approved property-tax increase of three per cent will enable the
City to spend an additional $9.8 million on roads and other municipal
infrastructure, such as sidewalks, buildings and bridges. Increasing the City’s
investment by eight per cent, from $118.7 million to $128.5 million, will close
the infrastructure gap within the next five years, twice as fast as previously
planned. The budget includes $49 million to resurface and upgrade roads, up
from an average of $35.5 million per year in the last Term of Council.

Budget 2019 designates $70.8 million for winter operations, an increase
of $2.4 million.

The
budget includes $5.1 million to support resident care and quality of life in
the City’s long-term care homes, including the hiring of 46 additional staff.

The budget designates $3.4 million in 2019, and $5.1 million on an
annual basis thereafter, for new transit routes to meet emerging needs where
there is a significant demand for service. Budget 2019 includes an additional
$7.8 million for new buses to expand service across the city, $22.4 million to
refurbish buses and $55.2 million to replace 79 old buses. The City will spend
$4.2 million to expand transit-priority traffic controls.

Budget 2019 includes no-charge transit service for
seniors on Sundays, in addition to no-charge service currently offered on
Wednesdays.

The approved budget includes measures to
improve neighbourhood quality of life, such as a plan to reforest areas hit by
the 2018 tornadoes
. In this Term of Council, $1.49 million will be spent
annually to plant 500,000 trees and regenerate Ottawa’s forest cover across
rural, suburban and urban communities. Forestry Services will begin
planting in areas impacted by the tornadoes as early as this spring and
planting efforts will continue through the fall and into 2020.  

The budget includes a 25-per-cent increase in funding for ward-led
traffic-calming projects across the city, up from $40,000 per ward to $50,000.
The budget includes support for hospitality businesses through a 50-per-cent
cut to patio fees for restaurants, saving the average restaurant about $3,200 a
year.

The tax-supported operating budget for the City is $3.2 billion, an
$85-million increase over 2018. The budget caps the residential property-tax
increase at three per cent. The increase, including the transit levy, amounts
to $113 for an average urban home, less than $10 per month.

The rate-supported budget, which supports water, wastewater and
stormwater infrastructure, includes a water rate increase of 4.8 per cent in
the urban area, in line with Council’s long-term financial plan for these
services. This represents an increase of $36 per year for the average
household.

The budget includes spending $340 million in 2019 on infrastructure,
including roads, bridges, buildings, watermains, sewers and transit
infrastructure. Budget 2019 contains $12 million for culverts in the rural
areas to facilitate drainage and prevent flooding.

Council also approved the Stage
2 LRT
, a transformative project that will expand the O-Train by 44
kilometres to the south, east and west, and add 24 new stations. The expansions
will be completed in 2022, 2024 and 2025 respectively.

Stage 2 will extend the existing Trillium Line south from Greenboro
Station to Riverside South, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier
International Airport. TransitNEXT is the preferred proponent to design, build,
finance and maintain the Trillium Line extension, which will add 16 kilometres
of rail and eight stations in the south.

Stage 2 will also extend the Confederation Line farther east to Place
D’Orléans and Trim Road and west to both Moodie Drive and Algonquin Station.
East-West Connectors is the preferred proponent to design, build and finance
the Confederation Line extension, which will add 12.5 kilometres of rail and
five stations in the east and 15 kilometres of rail and 11 stations in the
west.

Stage 2 is funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario
and the City of Ottawa. The total project cost is $4.6 billion. Council
received a report
on the long-range financial for public transit that concluded the Stage 2
project is affordable for the City.

Council also approved two projects with significant economic development
implications.

Council approved zoning
for a film and television sound stage campus and creative hub in the National
Capital Commission’s Greenbelt lands at 1740 Woodroffe Avenue.

This complex, on 8.4 hectares that was formerly used as an animal
research centre by Agriculture Canada, will create 500 jobs during construction
and an estimated 500 full-time jobs when the film complex is operating. The
buildings planned for the film-television studio complex include four
20,000-square-foot sound stages, workshops, production space, training space
and office space for film, television and animation production companies.

Council approved zoning and Official Plan changes
to allow the redevelopment of a 6.5-acre block of land in Little Italy owned by
the Government of Canada. This block, bounded by Rochester, Orangeville, Booth
and Norman streets, located just south of the Queensway, has a number of older
laboratory and office buildings. Some of these buildings, known as the Booth
Street Complex and built in the early 20th century, were designated
under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. The buildings in the area
have been vacant for many years and the land is polluted by past industrial
uses.

The new zoning permits development of the remainder of the land, with
high-rise buildings of mixed heights up to 25 storeys. The concept plan
features green space, including a new City park. Instead of the existing
surface parking lots, parking will be underground.

This new development, combining new and old buildings in a mix of
residential, office and commercial space totalling one million square feet,
will be managed by Canada Lands Company, which took control of the property
from Natural Resources Canada in 2015.


City holds technical briefing on Stage 2 LRT and the Preferred Proponents

Ottawa – City of Ottawa officials held a
technical briefing today to outline the results on the Stage 2 LRT procurement.
The technical briefing was accompanied by a report
that outlines the results of the Request for Proposal (RFP) process for Council
approval. The report will go to Committee of the Whole for consideration on
February 27 to hear public delegations on this matter, and Council on March 6.
Once approved, construction will begin in 2019 to extend the O-Train farther
south, east, and west and is anticipated to open in stages starting in 2022
with full construction completion date in 2025.

Stage 2 is made
up of two projects extending the Confederation and Trillium Lines totalling 44
kilometres of new rail and 24 new LRT stations. It will extend the existing
Trillium Line south to Riverside South with a link to the Ottawa
Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, and it will extend the Confederation
Line, scheduled to open this spring, farther east to Trim Road and west to both
Moodie Drive and Algonquin College.

The Stage 2
project is funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the
City of Ottawa. The project has been divided into three separate contracts, the
Confederation Line Extension (including east and west extensions) as a Design
Build Finance and the Trillium Line South Extension as a Design Build Finance
and Maintain Project and a Memorandum of Understanding for 38 Vehicles, the
construction of the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility expansion and
for civil and vehicle maintenance and lifecycle.

East-West
Connectors has been recommended as the private sector partner to design, build
and finance the Stage 2 Confederation Line Extension, which adds 12.5km of new
rail and five new stations in the east, extending the line from Blair Station
to Trim Station, and 15 km of new rail and 11 new stations in the west,
extending the line from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Moodie and Baseline
station.

TransitNEXT has
been recommended as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and
maintain the Stage 2 Trillium Line Extension, which adds 16 km of new rail and
eight new stations extending the line farther south from Greenboro Station to
Limebank Station, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International
Airport. The preferred proponent will also be responsible for upgrading the
existing stations as well as maintenance for the existing infrastructure and
rolling stock.

The preferred
proponent’s submissions indicate staggered construction completion dates with
the Trillium Line South Extension completed in 2022, with the Confederation
Line east and west extensions opening in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

Stage 2 will
change the way we move around Ottawa, providing shorter commutes, bring 77 per
cent of Ottawa residents with five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and
reliable rail, capable of reaching a future capacity of up to 24,000 passengers
each way during peak periods. Construction will generate economic output of
approximately $5.6 billion (2018$) and over 27,000 person-years of employment.
When complete, the Stage 2 O-Train system will result in a fully
grade-separated system that spans nearly 64 kilometres to include 41 stations,
85 vehicles and three maintenance and storage facilities.