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February 1st - Committee approves surplus land transfer for affordable housing

The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee today approved the transfer of land at 3380 Jockvale Road to the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) to build affordable housing.

The City has already declared the lands surplus and OCHC has secured funding to build 32 housing units geared to families experiencing or at risk of homelessness, with the potential for another 25 units in a second phase.

The Committee approved transferring $1 million currently allocated for professional services to create nine positions within the City’s Information Technology Services branch to manage digital demands. The change will enable the branch to deliver the same services at a lower cost.

The Committee also recommended Council endorse measures proposed by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario for the Province to enact reforms on the issue of joint and several liability. The proposed measures would lessen potential burden on municipalities in cases of joint and several liability, where a city can end up paying more than its fair share when named in litigation with multiple defendants.

Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, February 9.

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