Media Advisory: Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission volunteers to improve lives of tenants at 415 MacLaren

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November 26, 2019 – A group of 64 volunteers from The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will complete painting the hallways of a 23-storey highrise at 415 MacLaren Street. The team from CNSC is the third group of volunteers to work on this large-scale, high impact project. Since April, more than 175 volunteers from three organizations will have donated 612 hours to improve the lives of tenants.

This event will be the third time CNSC has volunteered with OCH. Last year, they painted fences and benches at the Silver Heights Seniors community and painted the hallways of the 380 Murray Street community.

Mayor Jim Watson, along with OCH CEO Stéphane Giguère will be attending the event to thank the volunteers for their work.

 When: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Where: 415 MacLaren Street

* Parking is available on MacLaren Street or Somerset Street West. *


1:00 pm: Volunteers arrive/registration

1:10 pm: Speakers – group photo with all 64 volunteers

MC: Alexandria White, Program Administrator, Volunteer Engagement

                    Speaker: Stéphane Giguère, OCH CEO

                    Speaker: Mayor Jim Watson

*Media are welcome to attend. The best time is between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.*  


Large scale projects such as the one at 415 MacLaren – where 65 volunteers will complete painting the 23 storeys – show how a community can come together and improve the lives of tenants. We are fortunate to work with dozens of local corporate volunteer groups each year who help us build stronger communities.
– Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Office for Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

Ottawa Community Housing’s volunteer program is a great way to encourage individuals and companies to get involved and make a positive impact in the community. The City of Ottawa is proud to support the partnerships, initiatives and activities Ottawa Community Housing has developed over the years, and I’d like to thank the many volunteers from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission who are giving their time to help improve the lives of residents living in MacLaren Towers.
– Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

Quick facts:

  • To complete painting the 23 storeys, 175 volunteers will have donated 612 hours of their time.
  • The building was constructed in 1972
  • 25% of residents are over the age of 60
  • The average monthly income of residents is $1,200

About The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

CNSC was established in 2000 under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources. CNSC was created to replace the former Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB), which was founded in 1946. Learn more about Canada’s Nuclear History and the AECB.

About Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

OCHC maintains nearly 15,000 homes to approximately 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social and affordable housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year in 2019. | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram

 For additional information, please contact:

Nathaniel Mullin – Communications and Marketing Specialist – Cell: 343-997-5700

Tel: 613-731-1182 ext. 2277