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Ottawa housing: Feds announce $90 million for 270 housing units

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The federal government has allocated over $90 million to help build over 270 new housing units in Ottawa.

Tuesday morning’s announcement included five projects with a mix of units in the city. It was held at 289 Carling Avenue, a site being developed by the John Howard Society.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, was joined by Ontario’s Deputy Housing Minister Michael Parsa, Ottawa Center MP Yasir Naqvi, and Capital Ward Coun. Sean Menard announcing funding as part of the federal government’s National Housing Strategy.

“Thanks to today’s announcement, more individuals and families in Ottawa can now access affordable housing,” Hussen said.

The nonprofit John Howard Society plans to build a six-story building at 289 Carling Avenue, which will include 40 supported housing units.

Buildings also include “office space, building management, and services such as education and counseling.” according to the document Published by the Glebe Annex Community Association in May.

The 40 bachelor’s degree units are aimed at individuals in need of supportive housing, primarily chronically homeless, i.e. those who have been living without stable accommodation for six months or more.

Four other projects receiving federal funding are:


  • 159 Forward Avenue, Mechanics Building: Formerly known as Forward Family Shelter, this four-story building houses tenants with varying levels of accessibility and affordability needs, from studios to three bedrooms. Of the building’s 49 units, 30 are designated as affordable and the remaining 19 are priced below average market rent. This project has earned him over $12 million from the federal government.

  • 93 Norman Street, Little Italy: Nine-story rental apartments offering affordable rent, barrier-free design and sustainable construction. Of the 122 units available, 36 can accommodate women and their children. The government is putting her $48 million into the project.

  • 494 Lisgar St., Centertown: Also a John Howard Society project, this 29-unit building will provide supportive housing for women experiencing chronic homelessness, with a focus on Indigenous women. The program comes with her 24-hour support on-site with gender-, trauma- and culture-sensitive case management and community development support. The project received her $14 million from the federal government.

  • 3380 Jockvale Rd. Borough Haven: The project will consist of 32 affordable housing units for families in a shelter system. Managed by Ottawa Community Housing, the $5.85 million project offers two- and three-bedroom stacked townhomes, including seven accessible bedrooms.

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