Petition for Affordable Housing Near Rapid Transit
To: Ottawa City Council, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1
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.GOAL: 222 signatures
I/We the undersigned, petition Ottawa City Council 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
By signing this petition, I hereby acknowledge that this petition will become a public document at the City of Ottawa and that all information contained in it will be subject to the scrutiny of the City, and will be publicly available. Questions about the collection and disclosure of personal information contained in this petition should be directed to the City Clerk, 110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1.
The campaign for Affordable Housing Near Rapid Transit has been endorsed by the following organizations:
City for All Women Initiative, Coalition of Community Health & Resource Centres of Ottawa, Healthy Transportation Coalition, Making Voices Count, Ottawa ACORN.
As part of our commitment to participatory budgeting, the Healthy Transportation Coalition dedicates 50% of all membership dues to a MiniGrant, which is awarded annually. Any individual or organizational member of the Healthy Transportation Coalition may submit an application, which is voted on by the membership. The winner is announced at the Annual General Meeting.
In 2019, the membership voted to rename the MiniGrant Award the Chris Bradshaw Award, in memory of a Healthy Transportation Coalition member who was an active member of our community, and who advocated passionately for healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable transportation.
Community Engagement for Healthy Transportation
Our most involved project focuses on increasing opportunities for vulnerable populations to travel safely and conveniently throughout the city.
From late-2014 to October 2018, HealthBridge is partnering with BioRegional North America, Ottawa ACORN, EnviroCentre, and the Peace & Environment Resource Centre to develop activities in six priority neighourhoods that were chosen because they have poor walking environments ('walkability') and high numbers of low-income families and individuals.
The Community Engagement for Healthy Transportation project's activities include:
- organizing in communities and recruiting members of priority populations, including new immigrants and low-income individuals;
- conducting research that identifies areas in the existing transportation network that need improvement, along with priority neighbourhoods;
- holding webinars and workshops to educate Coalition members, the public and decision-makers;
- creating pop-up projects in low-income communities that will demonstrate how quickly and easily infrastructure changes can be made; and,
- launching a cargo bike-sharing program.
The 4-year project is expected to achieve the following results:
- Increase engagement of vulnerable populations in addressing transportation barriers that prevent them from being able to participate in community life;
- Improve the transportation and urban planning infrastructure and policy environment so that they enable vulnerable populations to safely, comfortably, and conveniently access healthy transportation options, including walking, cycling and public transit;
- Increase the capacity of the Healthy Transportation Coalition to affect positive change that is sustainable in the long term.
The project was officially launched at Ottawa City Hall on Feb. 7, 2015.
The Healthy Transportation Coalition is grateful that this project is being funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Adam and Rachel Fund, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, the Ottawa Sustainability Fund, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group at the University of Ottawa, and the Coalition's ‘organizational’ and ‘individual’ members.
Our Board of Directors
The Healthy Transportation Coalition is a community-based, non-hierarchical, grassroots group, but it does have an elected 'board of directors'. The Board is elected every year at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the board have some duties and responsibilities and are typically amongst the most active volunteers of the Coalition. The current members of the board are as follows:
- Oriana Ngabirano, president
- Terrie Meehan, vice-president
- Chris Osler, treasurer
- Erin Andrews, secretary
- John Woodhouse, member-at-large
- Michelle Perry, member-at-large
- Alison Sidney, member-at-large
- Maria Basualdo, member-at-large
- Mitchell House, member-at-large
- Rochelle Buenviaje, member-at-large
- Gisele Doyle, member-at-large
- Vi Bui, member-at-large
- Dominique D'Angelo, member-at-large
- Trevor Haché, member-at-large
The following text, from the Coalition's bylaws, further describes the composition and some of the duties and responsibilities of board members.
The Coalition’s Board of Directors shall be composed of the following, and all but the Members-at-large will be considered the ‘Officers’ of the Board:
- Secretary-Treasurer (this position can be split into two separate positions);
- The Past-President;
- Members-at-large (all members of the Coalition are eligible to hold this position)
i. Coalition members wishing to become ‘members at large’ must indicate their interest at a quarterly meeting, for transparency with the full membership.
Duties and Responsibilities
The members of the Board of Directors shall:
(a) be responsible to the membership of the Coalition and shall pursue the Mission, Vision, Values of the Coalition between the Members’ Meetings;
(b) have certain duties and responsibilities, such as acting as signing officers for the Coalition’s bank account;
(c) specifically, the President, Treasurer (and employees) will ensure sound financial management of the Coalition’s financial and other resources, and will provide members with a quarterly Financial Report at the Members’ Meetings;
(d) serve in their elected role for one full year, at a minimum, and longer if the membership allows; and
(e) stand for election once a year, at a minimum.
We are a grassroots movement of concerned citizens, organizations and businesses working together to increase healthy transportation policies and necessary infrastructure investments in the National Capital Region.OBJECTIVES:
• Achieve a truly healthy transportation network in the National Capital Region, from the perspectives of personal and societal health, the environment, and economics;
• Increase physical activity, improve the built environment, decrease pedestrian and cyclist injuries;
• Help ensure vulnerable populations, and ultimately all residents, are well-served by an accessible transportation network;
• Help people have better access to their communities, local businesses, social support services, and green spaces by their preferred mode of healthy transportation; and
• Help ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector fall.
Help us win a better City BudgetWe need a more equitable transportation system in Ottawa, and $35 million invested in the City's 2020 Budget will help achieve it.Please voice your support today, email the Mayor and your City Councillor.
Transit Commission Meeting: November 20, 2019
Transportation Committee: December 4, 2019
What is the Healthy Transportation Coalition?
Members of the Healthy Transportation Coalition believe there are many needed improvements in the National Capital Region before we will have a truly healthy transportation network.
Better infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit riders.
Communities that are home to vulnerable populations should have excellent access to healthy transportation options.
Complete Streets that serve all modes of transportation and users, no matter their age or abilities, need to be built in these communities leading to and from public transit stations, schools, green spaces, and areas of our cities that contain local businesses.
Improving the linkages between existing cycling, pedestrian, high-occupancy vehicle transportation networks should also be highly prioritized.
With a focus on community organizing, research, the need for effective policy and infrastructure, our members fund and co-create projects to build more livable communities. If we all work together, we will make more progress more quickly.