Committee receives update from the Anti-Racism Secretariat

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The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee received an update today from the Anti-Racism Secretariat about progress on the City’s anti-racism strategy.

More than 600 Ottawa residents have provided feedback so far about proposed recommendations to address systemic racism. Feedback has focused on six key priority areas: employment equity, housing, governance, economic development, health and youth

The City has also established a 24-person anti-racism table, with staff, leaders and individuals from Indigenous and racialized communities. The table will provide subject-matter expertise and ensure community voices guide the City’s anti-racism strategy.

Following a third round of public engagement to discuss the six key priority areas, with residents and the table, the City will bring forward a final strategy to Council.

The Committee approved replacing the Parkdale Market By-law and the ByWard Market By-law with a combined new Ottawa Markets By-law. New operating procedures outlined in the by-law would allow the Marchés d'Ottawa Markets Corporation more ownership of operational matters like daily market procedures, on-site regulations, how market stands are allocated, annual fees, vendor eligibility and permits.

The Committee approved a Brownfield Rehabilitation Grant application for 93 Norman Street not to exceed $275,000. Approval of this brownfield grant will ensure that a contaminated site is properly remediated prior to development. The redevelopment of the property off Preston Street south of the Queensway includes a nine-storey, 122-unit residential building and two levels of underground parking. The overall economic impact is estimated at more than $63 million in direct construction value, and the completed development would add more than $500,000 per year to the municipal tax roll.

The Committee also approved a Heritage Community Improvement Plan grant for a property at the northwest corner of O’Connor and Gilmour streets. The grant program provides tax-equivalent grants to encourage restoration and adaptive reuse of heritage attributes when a heritage property is redeveloped. The planned redevelopment involves the partial demolition of two two-and-a-half-storey heritage buildings that front onto O’Connor Street. The fronts of the buildings would be retained and integrated into a new six-storey residential building that will extend along Gilmour Street.

Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, November 10.

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