Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa Community Housing

December 07, 2009 17:18 ET

Ottawa Community Housing: Banff-Ledbury Community Renewal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) celebrated the completion of the Banff-Ledbury Community Renewal this morning. Joining them in the celebration were Jim Watson, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, MP David McGuinty and Councillor Maria McRae. All three levels of government partnered on this major community renewal and provided over $6 million for improvements. The balance of the $8.2 million initiative was funded by OCH.

Much of the renewal was aimed at making the 118 family units meet a greener standard. In an effort to maximize energy efficiency, new siding, insulation and high efficiency furnaces were installed and leaky roofs, drafty windows and doors were replaced. "The Banff-Ledbury Community has positively changed over the years and this renewal is another change that will greatly improve the lives of my residents and their families. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to both the Provincial and Federal Governments, Ottawa Community Housing and most importantly the residents of Banff-Ledbury for their collaboration on this project.", said Councillor Maria McRae.

The initiative which was launched in June 2008, was the first major community renewal Ottawa Community Housing has undertaken in years. The funding assisted OCH who announced, a year ago, that it needs more than $350 million over the next 5 years to repair the state of its housing stock. The federal and provincial governments have committed $1.2 billion toward affordable housing in Ontario over the next two years. OCH's share will be $36.5 million.

"The renewal of the Banff-Ledbury community is one more example of what can be achieved when governments work together," said Watson. "The Government of Ontario is pleased to have worked with the community to make this dream a reality."

Banff-Ledbury tenants who attended the event spoke of their gratitude at the work that had been undertaken. "When we see and hear about the impact of a renewal, as we have seen in this community, we know that we have made an important investment in the lives of the tenants, the community and the neighbourhood", added Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, David McGuinty.

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario. It provides 14,783 units to over 32,000, seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs in 162 communities.

Contact Information

  • Ottawa Community Housing Corporation
    Susan Therien
    Manager, Corporate Communications
    613-520-2277
    Cell: 613-296-2651
    susan_therien@och.ca