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Capital Ward Bulletin: Upcoming Consultations, COVID updates and Winter Weather Info

Latest COVID Updates

With the surge of Omicron cases and the return to in-person schooling, we know that a lot of residents are worried about their physical and mental health during the pandemic. Here’s what everyone can continue to do to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools and child care is:  

  • get vaccinated; and
  • stay home when sick.

Ottawa Public Health and partners continue to focus on increasing vaccination rates among students, children and school staff. There are many available vaccine appointments for people who have not yet been able to receive their vaccine. Please book your child’s first or second dose as soon as they are eligible. And for parents, if you haven’t done so already, it’s not too late to book your vaccine appointments as well. OPH will be returning to offer school-based immunization clinics for people of all ages facing more barriers to vaccination and people will be notified of these opportunities in their neighbourhoods.

Vacant Unit Tax

Back in the spring, development of a Vacant Unit Tax was given the green light. Recent studies have estimated that there are many residential units in Ottawa sitting vacant; meanwhile there are thousands of Ottawans who are either unhoused, underhoused, or otherwise precariously housed. We have people without houses and houses without people. A 1% vacancy tax is one way to help put two and two together. Rents and land values continue to go up in Ottawa, and that is in part driven by speculative pressures on the real estate market. A Vacant Unit Tax is one significant step in the right direction: it can disincentivize speculative behaviour while at the same time generating some revenue for the city that can be used to fund affordable non-market housing options. 

Capital Ward Bulletin: Free Transit, Ward Updates and Holiday Hours

Holiday Office Hours

Our office will close from Friday, December 24 to Monday January 3, with minimal email monitoring during that time. If you require assistance, please contact Service Ottawa by phoning 311 or emailing [email protected].

Otherwise, we will be back to take care of all your municipal questions in 2022.

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