To regulate against vacant investment homes, Horizon Ottawa suggests that the City of Ottawa adopt a Vacant Unit Tax. Homes should not be sitting empty during a housing crisis.
The objective of the Vacant Unit Tax is simple: assure that all units in the City of Ottawa are inhabited. It would allow the city to tackle the housing crisis—in particular, a lack of affordable housing options—while also discouraging the speculative housing purchases that drive up real estate prices.
On July 4th, we held a training on how to speak at City Committees. This session, we focused on speaking at the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) meeting where they were considering yet another police budget increase.
Find here, meeting minutes that describe many important points to give context around the meeting as well as more informational tips on how city council committee meetings work.
On November 14th, 2021, we held a training on information needed on speaking at the Police Services Board meeting. The presentation included helpful tips as well as an explanation of how the budget process and Police Services Act works.
We were joined by residents from across the city who wish to see a re-allocation of funding from police coffers to better fund community and city-run services that need it.