Council approved a financial framework and guiding principles today for developing a response to The Ottawa Hospital’s request for a one-time City contribution of up to $150 million, to support development of the new Civic campus.

Many Ontario municipalities have made such voluntary contributions to the local cost shares of their community hospitals and staff will report back in the next term of Council with options for the City’s portion. That report will include a background study and a proposal for a special area development charge to fund future services required for the new campus.

Council approved measures to help conserve and commemorate the heritage of a Carlington North community. The City will establish the Veterans’ Housing Character Area to protect the heritage character and built form of the neighbourhood south of Carling Avenue, between Fisher Avenue and Merivale Road, built at the end of the Second World War to house war workers and veterans. The designation recognizes the collective value of the area and comes with a set of design guidelines to help guide new construction or renovations.

Council also approved a motion to recapitalize the Better Homes Ottawa loan program with an additional $30 million in loan capital. The program offers loans for home energy efficiency retrofits and supports residents seeking to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through long-term loans that are tied to the property. The initial pilot was so successful that all allocated funding has been used.