Thanks to a grant provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group at uOttawa, and the Healthy Transportation Coalition have been able to support residents working to improve transportation in their neighbourhoods. We have also achieved important city-wide transportation equity improvements, such as a freeze on public transit fares for people living on lower incomes, and $15 million in both the City’s 2019 and 2020 Budgets to build new affordable housing, some of which will be close to rapid transit stations.

We also helped to establish the Ottawa Transit Riders, and to ensure the City of Ottawa includes equity measures in its Transportation Master Plan update, to be completed in 2021.

We learned that our approach to support diverse groups to work better together to shape community can be highly effective at ensuring people have a say in shaping the services and programs that matter to them. The Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant helped us secure multiple improvements valued at an impressive total of $44,430,000.

The improvements included the following:

  • $30 million for affordable housing, some near rapid transit stations;
  • $500,000 for a public transit fare freezes for transit riders who use the Access, Community, and EquiPasses;
  • $30,000 in parking revenue to be used to install 50 ring-and-post bike racks at bus stops;
  • $1 million commitment for OC Transpo to create an on-line booking system for ParaTranspo riders;
  • $4 million investment in the Strategic Road Safety Action Plan, using parking revenue;
  • $2.9 million for better sidewalk snow and ice clearing; and
  • $6 million for an electric bus pilot project.

Media coverage of our work from May 2018 to April 2020 can be viewed here.

We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing us with this grant, and all the members, volunteers, project participants, and collaborating organizations that helped to achieve this important progress.

There is much more for us to do, be we can be pleased with how far we have come, together.