For $1 per month, we can address critical infrastructure issues with 2018 budget

The following budget motion is supported by Councillors Deans, Leiper, Nussbaum, Wilkinson, Fleury, Chiarelli, Chernushenko and myself and this motion will be put forward at the December 13th Council meeting.

City Council, Standing Committee and Commission

Conseil, comités permanents et commission

Item / Article: Item/ point 1 – 2018 Draft Operating and Capital Budget/ Budgets préliminaires de fonctionnement et d’immobilisations de 2018

Moved by / Motion de: Councillor J. Leiper

Seconded by / Appuyée par: D. Deans

WHEREAS the proposed 2018 budget proposes a residential tax increase of 2% as directed by Council for its consideration; and,

WHEREAS the City Clerk has established that “budget directions do not bind Council as a whole from amending the draft budget as it deems appropriate”; and,

WHEREAS the draft budget does not address critical municipal needs that were identified by residents during budget consultations as necessary for a balanced, affordable and progressive budget approach consistent with sound financial management; and,

WHEREAS public infrastructure is the foundation on which our communities are built; and,

WHEREAS maintaining our assets such as roads, sidewalks, recreation facilities and parks in a state of good repair is essential to preserving a good quality of life and to the overall health and well-being of our city; and,

WHEREAS The City of Ottawa currently owns $19.4 billion in assets, with a depreciated value of $14.5 billion (2016) and an estimated replacement value close to $42 billion; and,

WHEREAS The state of these assets continues to decline and the risk of service impacts and interruptions is increasing; and,

WHEREAS: failing to keep our assets in a good state of repair costs taxpayers more in the long-term; and,

WHEREAS there is a current annual funding gap of $70 million for the renewal of tax-supported capital assets based on the current need identified in the most recent CAM report; and,

WHEREAS a dedicated infrastructure levy would allow us to make strategic investments in our infrastructure, advance needed repairs and avoid excessive future repair costs, and

WHEREAS a 0.5 percent one time infrastructure levy would contribute 8 million dollars towards closing the infrastructure gap, saving money in the long-term with a 2018 impact for the average urban homeowner of 1 dollar a month.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That City Council approve a one time dedicated infrastructure levy set at 0.5 percent to be added to the citywide property tax bill with all revenues directed towards tax-supported capital asset renewal.



Public Information Meeting: New Campus for The Ottawa Hospital

Please Join City Staff, Hospital Representatives, and Interested Community Members for a Public Information Meeting:New Civic Hospital Open House Dec 7th



What: Public Information Meeting on the New Campus for the Ottawa Hospital.

Where: Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Road, Ottawa)

When: Thursday, December 7th, @ 7:00 p.m.

Information Meeting to Discuss the Upcoming Plans for the New Campus for the Ottawa Hospital.

For more information, please contact:

Sean Moore, Planner, Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
Email: sends e-mail)
Tel.: 613-580-2424, ext. 16481
Fax: 613-560-6006


You can also email


Open House – Reconfiguration of Scott & Albert Streets (Smirle Ave to City Centre Ave)

Functional Design Study

Open House: December 11, 2017

6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tom Brown Arena – Hall
141 Bayview Road
Numerous OC Transpo bus routes along Transitway and O-Train Trillium Line – stop at Bayview Station
Located along Cross-town Bikeway #2 and the Trillium Multi-use Pathway
Free parking is available

Online consultation: December 8 to December 18, 2017

This is preliminary information about this project, to provide advanced notice of the consultation period.  Please return to this page after December 8, 2017, when more project details will be available, along with a feedback questionnaire for you to complete.

The City of Ottawa is developing a plan for reconfiguration of the Scott Street-Albert Street corridor following the removal of reserved bus lanes used for the Transitway detour.  This removal will occur after the Confederation Line of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system goes into service.

The City invites feedback on the reinstatement/redevelopment plans for the corridor segment between Holland Avenue and City Centre Avenue.

The Scott/Holland road components adjacent to Tunney’s Pasture Station are presented for public information purposes only.

You have the opportunity to review and comment on:

  • The configuration of the separated eastbound bike lane
  • The multi-use pathway and westbound cycling restrictions
  • The layout of the roadway, with new parking on the south side.


The Scott-Albert corridor forms part of the City’s primary east-west bikeway (Cross-town Bikeway #2).  The road has a speed limit of 50 km/h and is classed as an urban arterial.

Currently, construction of the adjacent LRT line has necessitated a detour of the Transitway bus routes along this section of the corridor.  The road operates with one general-use lane and one bus-only lane in each direction, except at certain intersections where turn lanes are provided.  An eastbound bike lane (width 1.8 m) with painted buffer was provided as part of the Transitway detour.  Outside of winter months, the eastbound bike lane buffer is supplemented with flex posts attached directly to the pavement.

On the north side of Scott Street, the existing multi-use pathway (MUP) remained in place.  This pathway terminates at crosswalks at all intersecting streets, requiring cyclists to dismount while crossing.

Albert Street between Bayview Avenue and City Centre Avenue does not currently have on-road cycling facilities.  Cyclists use a continuation of the previously mentioned MUP that shifts away from the road corridor to pass around the north side of Bayview Station.

Full details here.


Somerset West Community Health Centre gets green light to open Supervised Injection Service

Supervised_Injection_Service_approved_FBHealth Centre has obtained legal exemption and program funding.

December 4, 2017 (Ottawa) – Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) is pleased to announce that its application to open a supervised injection service (SIS) has taken a leap forward. SWCHC has been granted an exemption from Health Canada and program funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The centre now awaits infrastructure funding to make needed renovations.

Read more…

Albert & Slater Public Open House Presentation

A Public Open House took place on November 28, 2017 at Ottawa City Hall concerning the Albert and Slater Streets Functional Design Study and Slater Street and Bronson Avenue Environmental Assessment Study.

The City of Ottawa is studying Albert Street, Slater Street and the Mackenzie-King Bridge between Empress Avenue and Waller Street. The study explores opportunities to improve walking, cycling, transit and general traffic along these streets by reallocating existing Transitway lanes after the O-Train Confederation Line opens in 2018. The study findings will contribute to the City’s planned integrated road reconstruction west of Bay Street and for interim roadway modifications east of Bay Street.

View the Public Open House slide presentation here: Albert-Slater POH Presentation 28 Nov 2017