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Infrastructure Investments in Ottawa

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Infrastructure Investments in Ottawa

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history, including a number of projects in the City of Ottawa.


Strengthening our health care system gives people faster access to critical services, now and in the future. In Ottawa, the government is supporting the expansion and renovation of key health facilities including:

  • Expanding the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's Cardiac Life Support Services to deliver outstanding cardiovascular care to a growing patient community.
  • Supporting the planning and design of the Orléans Family Health Hub (Phase 1) at Hôpital Montfort that will bring together services from three hospitals and four community health service providers in a new building to provide a range of bilingual client centered programs to the Orléans' area residents.
  • Supporting the redevelopment of the Civic Campus at The Ottawa Hospital to address community growth needs and update old infrastructure.


The province is continuing to invest in transportation infrastructure to help move people and goods and support a competitive economy. Some major projects in the Ottawa region include:

  • Supporting the City of Ottawa's Light Rail Transit expansion project to shorten commute times and help people in their everyday lives.
  • Widening a section of Highway 417 from Maitland Avenue to Island Park Drive by one lane to four lanes in each direction by fall 2020.

Education and Skills Development

Ontario is committed to improving infrastructure that supports education, learning and development. Some projects being supported in Ottawa include:

  • The creation of the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Centre that will house a Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security, a Centre of Excellence for Energy Innovation, and flexible classroom and work space at Algonquin College.
  • A new Tamarack Trades Training Centre at the William E. Hay Youth Centre to provide youth in custody with employable skills such as dry walling, woodworking and small engine repair.
  • Building a new state-of-the-art Science and Technology Complex at the University of Ottawa that will provide students and researchers access to business development expertise and support for entrepreneurship.
  • Renovating building space on campus and adding facilities and equipment for sustainable energy research and development at Carleton University.
  • Building a new co-creative physical space for research and development in the Place La Cité, supporting the development of business and post-secondary education by extending innovation and commercialization capacities of the school.
  • Building a new learning centre at the University of Ottawa that will provide innovative teaching and learning spaces for students, including 26 new classrooms and 800 new study spaces, two large amphitheatres, seminar rooms, study carrels and a sophisticated computer lab, and five state-of-the-art hybrid learning spaces that will allow students to receive a blend of online and in-person instruction.
  • New classrooms to expand École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève to accommodate more than 660 kindergarten to grade eight students.
  • A new school, École élémentaire publique Riverside Sud, to accommodate about 370 kindergarten to grade eight students.


New infrastructure or upgrades provide accessible spaces where all people can enjoy rewarding cultural, recreational and outdoor activities including:

  • Improving cyclist access to major attractions and employment areas, and connecting the existing Rideau Canal trail to trails along the Ottawa River by spring 2017.

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