Interdependent Priorities for Ottawa-Gatineau

1) Keep LeBreton Flats Going

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As a group of Ottawa business and community leaders, we continue to believe in the vision put forward by the RendezVous LeBreton Group, and favoured through the comprehensive public consultations and the NCC Board. 


While the NCC determines its next steps after the RendezVous LeBreton partnership dissolved,  we urge the NCC to  keep the vision intact of a wide-scale, integrated community, just as the RendezVous LeBreton vision created in its proposal.
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The RendezVous LeBreton vision was not only the right idea, but it represented a $5-billion infusion of capital into our economy. Consider the thousands of good-paying jobs, the opportunities for training, social enterprise and the restoration of a vital community beside the Parliamentary precinct. 
Five years of past development effort already established the foundation of the new LeBreton Flats in terms of environmental assessments, strategies for soil remediation, and zoning and City approval applications. 
Unprecedented partnerships remain forged among affordable housing agencies, the Abilities Centre Ottawa, the Ottawa Building and Trades Council, the Algonquin peoples, and post-secondary institutions who will train the workforce to design, build, maintain and work in the residences, offices and amenities offered up by the restored LeBreton Flats. 
Let’s please keep this going, and not waste time, money and resources.

 

2) Bring the LRT to the Prince of Wales Bridge

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The Prince of Wales bridge is intact and sits at the helm of the new Bayview LRT station.  Traffic flows between Gatineau and Ottawa are renowned for its glacial pace most of the time but particularly at rush hour.


We urge the federal and municipal governments to establish an LRT link as a priority in its LRT master plan for the region.


With the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats, the economic and population growth on both sides of the Ottawa River, let's show our vision and inter-provincial collaboration.


The bridge is there. The passengers need to be as well.













For more detail on each of the priorities, please go to the GOOD READING section above .

3) Bring Employment to Orléans

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Capital 2020 has as one of its five priorities the establishment of a federal employment campus located in the eastern Ottawa suburb of Orléans. 


Over the last decade, every part of the National Capital Region has sustained growth in population, employment and diversity,  except for the east end community of Orléans.


While Orléans has the highest concentration of bilingual and educated citizens in Ottawa, there are less than 50 federal jobs here compared to 13,100 in Kanata.  Orleans is entirely absent on the map of federal employment campuses in Ottawa and Gatineau.


Without a federal employment campus in this community, we will witness the new light rail transit bring empty cars in to Orléans, except at rush hour in the early evening. 


Orléans exports most of its workforce every day.  During peak hours, it sees an 80 per cent surge out of the area,  with 20 per cent coming in to work in Orléans. 


The federal government is building new employment campuses. It makes perfect sense to come to finally come to Orléans.


4) Build the Ottawa Civic Hospital

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 The existing Civic campus was created 100 years ago as society was dealing with a pandemic. The redevelopment envisaged by the leaders of today who dream about health and wellness for all are entrusted with an enormous responsibility – a responsibility to ‘get it right’. 

The scale and complexity of this most ambitious project, is perhaps the largest of its kind in the history of Ottawa and one of the largest in Canada. 

The project which will be some ten years in the making will require focus, tenacity, creativity, risk mitigation, and innovative and nimble thought. 


 The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is currently one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals, with over 1,100 beds, 1200 staff members, and an annual budget of $1.2 billion. 


Their focus on learning and research helps develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care.

 

As a multi-campus hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, TOH delivers specialized care to Eastern Ontario, however the techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world.


The TOH engages the community at all levels to support its vision. Capital 2020 wants to lend its support in seeing the vision through.

5) Make the New Byward Market Safe, Accessible and Prosperous

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 The new Byward Market strategy proposed to Ottawa City Council is a giant step forward, but the issues of personal safety and accessibility should be addressed as immediate priorities. 


After an escalating number of criminal activities, and declining revenues, the Task Force determined that a priority should be placed on the safety of visitors and employees in the Byward Market walking around, sitting or working in restaurants and shops. 


For people with disabilities, which represents one out of six people in the National Capital Region,  going to the Byward Market is impossible for them, their friends and families.

 

That is a significant number of visitors and employees not able to participate in what the current Byward Market has to offer.

  Accessibility and safety standards need to be addressed urgently at this early stage of planning and design.