(OTTAWA) March 23, 2017 – Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCH) welcomes the 2017 Federal budget and its commitment to invest in social and affordable housing.
Safe, affordable and adequate housing is vital for vulnerable Canadians. OCH is pleased to see an infrastructure investment of $11.2 billion over 11 years to build, renew and repair Canada’s social housing. OCH has worked diligently to provide safe and affordable housing, focusing on improving, modernizing and renewing its portfolio. The new federal funding would allow OCH to continue to build better, more sustainable communities.
OCH especially commends the creation of the National Housing Fund which will provide support for innovations in affordable housing. As an industry leader, OCH values innovation in order to provide a better quality of life for tenants. OCH new ECO2 Plan and Portfolio Management Strategy align with the federal government’s commitment to promoting sustainable social infrastructure.
Ottawa Community Housing congratulates the renewed commitment from the Federal Government towards the social and affordable housing sector. The budget 2017 tabled today supports and enable OCH in its pursuit to building stronger and better communities as well as supporting the most vulnerable population in Ottawa. OCH, with the dynamic portfolio strategy, has established itself as a sector leader in providing sustainable affordable housing, and is looking forward to strengthening partnerships and working closely with all levels of government and the industry to innovate.
Ottawa Community Housing is encouraged by the opportunities the Federal Government infrastructure investment dollars has created. It aligns with OCH’s Strategic Plan and key priorities. OCH has a proven track record building and maintaining social housing to address the existing and future needs of tenants. In Ottawa, we are uniquely positioned to deliver on new homes and renew our communities for generations to come
Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) provides approximately 15,000 homes to over 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCH houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCH is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario. OCH celebrates 15 years of building stronger communities in 2017.