Carlington Community

Last update: Fall 2018


OCH partnered with the Carlington Community Health Centre to develop a new building model –  The Carlington Community includes new affordable homes for low-income seniors, integrating primary medical care and support services under the same roof.

A new community will see an expansion for the current health clinic and 42 new residential homes for seniors, including 12 barrier-free, and 30 visitable homes.  The focus of this innovative model is to keep senior citizens in their homes by providing on-site access to medical and support services, therefore delaying their need to enter a long-term care facility.

Other design features in the building include the following:

  • Building envelope and mechanical systems designed for high performance and passive solar design to minimize on-going operating energy costs, while minimizing the carbon footprint.
  • Plumbing fixtures and individual meters that will regulate electricity and water consumption
  • Each floor will have audio, tactile, and visual features to assist with directions
  • Each residential floor will have a common amenity space, providing meeting, laundry, kitchenette and social space for tenants
  • A rooftop raised garden/rest area will be provided to promote communal activity, food security, and personal health.
  • The design will incorporate best practice design for seniors/accessible/visitable housing.
  • A common, gathering space will be provided on the main floor, and shared with CCHC, for events.

Status: Construction began in the spring of 2017


This project expansion and renovation by OCH and CCHC represents a total investment of approximately $18 million. In addition to the $4.6 million in capital funding being provided under the federal-provincial Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program and the City of Ottawa’s 2015 Action Ottawa, OCH will fund $5.1 million, and CCHC will contribute the remaining $8 million. This project would not be possible without the financial support of the City of Ottawa, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

Expected Completion Date

Community Profile

The Carlington Community is located at the corner of Merivale Road and Coldrey Avenue in south-west Central Ottawa. The existing Community Health Centre sits on the Eastern end of the site, near Merivale Road. The proposed four-storey new build will extend along Coldrey Avenue in an area mostly occupied by the existing parking lot.  The partnership will add to affordable housing in the area and will benefit from it’s proximity to a myriad of services and basic needs, including groceries, pharmaceuticals, transit, and services.

Press releases

OCH Partners with Carlington Community Health Centre to Build a New $13M Health Hub for Seniors

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