- Councillor's Corner
$16.1 million on infrastructure, including:
o $280,000 to design 15 culverts
o $970,000 to renew 10 culverts
o $1.5 million for the new Manotick supply watermain
o $18,000 to renew the pathway between Andrasi Crescent and Osgoode Main Street
o $34,000 to renew the pathway between Vance Street and Logan Farm Drive
o $40,000 for pavement maintenance and protection along Marionville Road between Bisson and Gregoire roads
o $600,000 to renew the 8th Line Road Bridge structure
o $400,000 to renew the Mitch Owens Road structure
o $440,000 for pavement maintenance and protection on Earl Armstrong Road between Limebank and Bowesville roads
o $7.1 million to rehabilitate the water system on Bank Street between Rideau and Mitch Owens roads
o $4.9 million to resurface roads, including River Road between South Gower Boundary Road and Osgoode Main Street, Snake Island Road between Nixon Drive and Stagecoach Road, and Dalmeny Road between River and Gordon Murdock roads
$817 million to fund Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail transit system, extending service to Limebank Station with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, adding 12 kilometres and eight stations along the Trillium Line, south of Greenboro Station
$1 million on renewal projects, including:
o $155,000 to replace the gazebo at Andy Shields Park
o $225,000 to modernize the elevator at Larry Robinson Arena
o $390,000 to repair foundations at the Ottawa Public Library – Metcalfe branch
o $205,000 to rehabilitate Kenmore Bicentennial Park
$959,000 to repair and replace Anderson Road Bridge at Johnston Municipal Drain
$2.2 million to replace culverts, including along Acres Road, Downey Road, Parkway Road and Grey’s Creek Road
$1 million for the Shadow Ridge Well System
• $22,000 to implement street lighting safety improvements at Gordon Murdock and Dalmeny roads
• $2.6 million to design and build intersection improvements at Bank Street and Rideau Road
• $1.1 million to build a pathway link between Osgoode and Manotick
• Route signage and wayfinding to support rural cycling tourism
• Traffic calming study for Elizabeth Street
• $1.7 million to build Leitrim Park 2
• $303,654 to build Leitrim Park 8
• $287,007 to build Leitrim Park 9
Ottawa passed a major population milestone in 2019 – reaching the one-million mark. Our residents live in dozens of communities that spread across a large geographic area. Ottawa has more than 1,000 working farms within its borders – and is the largest rural municipality of Canada’s big cities.
But as our city continues to grow, so too does the challenge of keeping Ottawa affordable for those who live and work here. The way we connect communities and keep residents moving plays a big part of this year’s budget, with significant investments in transportation infrastructure: roads, bridges, culverts and active transportation projects like cycling lanes and sidewalks. This includes the on schedule completion of the resurfacing of River rd and Snake Island dr, as well as the much needed resurfacing of Dalmeny rd between River and Gordon Murdock.
The draft 2020 Budget includes a $7.5-million investment in transit, with major bus service enhancements. The City will also spend $817 million in 2020 on Stage 2, to extend our newly opened light-rail transit system even farther east, west and south.
The City is also devoting more funds to repaving and road safety projects to keep our city moving. Investing in both transit and transportation together does far more than simply ease traffic congestion. It connects us with one another and with the businesses and services we use each day, helping create jobs and foster a stronger economy and a higher quality of life for all. With 75 per cent of the capital budget dedicated to infrastructure spending, this budget continues our commitment to maintain and upgrade roads, parks and water infrastructure, enhancing the mobility of residents and decreasing our flood risk.
The draft 2020 Budget finds balance by limiting the burden on taxpayers while maintaining the standard of service residents have come to rely on from their City. Homeowners will see that property tax increases have been capped at three per cent.
But it’s important to remember that affordable doesn’t mean the same thing to all residents. This year’s budget also builds on considerable past investments for Ottawa’s residents who are most in need, for instance with $15 million in new funds for affordable housing. Added support for community agencies is also included, along with continued support for long-term care and our Older Adult Plan. Communities are stronger when everyone has a safe place to call home and share in a good quality of life.
The City continues to rely on prudent financial planning at a time of financial uncertainty from upper levels of government and volitivity in global markets. We have worked hard to ensure that the draft 2020 Budget is respectful of each dollar contributed by taxpayers, reinvesting those revenues back into our shared infrastructure and the countless services we provide to residents.
We remain committed to building a strong and vibrant Ottawa for the future.