More than 40,000 families in Ottawa do not have housing they can afford. National trends indicate that housing costs increase near rapid transit hubs. The City’s plan to expand the Light Rail Transit system causes concern for an increase in housing costs where modest income populations are at a disadvantage. Affordable, inclusive, and equitable Transit-Oriented Development is needed to foster safe and healthy communities, people, and a strong economy.
Join us in calling on the City to:
1) Pass a strong citywide inclusionary zoning by-law that ensures 25% of new development is dedicated to affordable housing and places a special emphasis on deeply affordable housing within 1 km of rapid transit stations;
2) Ensure that all available government-owned land within 1 km of current & future rapid transit stations is used for non-profit and co-op housing;
3) Create a 2019-2022 Term of Council Priority that integrates transit and planning, with clear, affordable housing targets; and
4) Commit at least $12 million/year of City funding, over and above federal and provincial grants, to build new affordable housing