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Sep 18th, 2023

News Release: Ottawa Community Housing Cuts the Ribbon on $72K Capital Investment in Seniors Community at 31 McEwen

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Sept. 18, 2023 – Ottawa, ON – Beautification projects create more welcoming communities for tenants and guests. That is why OCH invested $72,00 in a major renovation of the common areas and vestibule at 31 McEwen Ave. The building is home to nearly 200 seniors. 

The result was a real transformation and will be enjoyed by the buildings’ residents for years to come.   

The renovation work at McEwen Terrace was part of the Welcome Home and Interior Finishes Accessibility Program. In 2023, the Corporation funded projects in 14 communities – for a total commitment of $1.9 million.   

Scope of work 

  • All floor and wall tiles in the ground floor and common areas were replaced with new ceramic tiles.  
  • Ceiling tiles in the lobby and ground floor corridors were replaced. 
  • New pot lights were installed in the main lobby and front vestibule.   
  • LED lights were replaced in the mailroom and main floor corridors  
  • The makeover also included new paint on all the walls, ceilings, doors and door frames in the main lobby, ground floor corridors, vestibule, mailroom, washrooms, lounge and games room. 

Before and after photos



“It is crucial that OCH works to invest in our communities. This transformation at 31 McEwen Avenue will have an impact on tenants and create pride in their homes. The lobby is the first thing people see when they enter a building. That is why we call it the Welcome Home. The program contributes to the overall well-being of the tenants and community they live in.” 

– Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Officer, OCH 

“I know this investment will make a difference to the 200 residents that call 31 McEwen home. As the city’s largest social and community housing provider, it’s crucial that OCH maintain and preserve their homes for tenants now and in the future.” 

– Theresa Kavanagh, Bay Ward Councillor and OCH Board Chair 

To schedule an interview, please contact:   

Jennifer McIntosh 
Communications Specialist 
Ottawa Community Housing    

About OCH 

Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCH) provides approximately 15,000 homes to about 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, ethnicities and cultures. OCH is Ottawa’s largest social housing provider, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second-largest in Ontario. OCH was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram