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Businesses bet on Vanier’s future as Montreal Road revitalization breaks ground





Dobson said he predicts that he will lose around 15 per cent of business during the revitalization project, he’s hopeful that his patrons will quickly return once work wraps up. “Vanier is going to grow and prosper and you are going to see a positive outcome,” he said. “(The Montreal Road revitalization) is going to increase economic activity and it is going to clean the neighbourhood up.”

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just say they are going to put up a few planters and change the lights and call it renovated,” he said. “They are doing it right ... having a great streetscape that will be more attractive to retailers and shops, and (creating) a more attractive community for people to live in.” Some of Montreal Road’s current merchants echo those sentiments. While Finnegan’s Pub owner Drew

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s the $50-million overhaul of Montreal Road gets underway, business leaders are looking ahead at how the major revitalization project can attract new businesses, shoppers and residents to Vanier. With work scheduled to break ground in May, the four-year project running between North River Road and St. Laurent Boulevard includes new sewer and water lines, as well as unsightly hydro lines being buried below ground. Most of the above-ground work will start next year and include the road being reduced from four lanes to three as well as the addition of bike lanes, larger sidewalks, public art, new community spaces and parks. The head of the Vanier BIA says she hopes the dramatic facelift will prompt more entrepreneurs and business owners to consider making Montreal Road their home, diversifying the street’s retail offerings. “The kinds of businesses that we currently see on Montreal Road aren’t exactly the mix we are hoping for – meaning that they are not the typical stores you would see on a traditional main street,” said Nathalie Carrier, executive director for the Vanier BIA. “There is no butcher, no baker, no

candlestick maker. We are hoping that the changes will bring about new developments and certainly new businesses.” For more than a decade, Vanier’s business leaders have worked to promote the neighbourhood’s affordable land prices, short distance to downtown and diverse population. Despite these efforts, Vanier has so far failed to see a wave of gentrification that’s reshaped other inner-city Ottawa neighbourhoods such as Hintonburg. However, some local businesses are making long-term investments in the community with the belief that Vanier’s time has come. In 2015, The Regional Group – an Ottawa-based property developer and manager – purchased and then revitalized a five-storey, 45,000-squarefoot office building at 214 Montreal Rd., several blocks east of the Vanier Parkway. “We saw Vanier’s proximity to downtown and knew it was only a matter of time before it was rejuvenated,” said Bernie Myers, senior vice-president of real property at The Regional Group. While he concedes that four years of construction can be a long time for merchants and other businesses, Myers said he expects the project to pay longterm dividends. “The city is wise enough to not




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La Cité eyes deeper ties with business community The head of East Ottawa’s only postsecondary institution says she wants to unleash the full potential of La Cité’s Aviation Parkway and Orléans campuses and be a partner in further developing the area’s economy. Speaking at a Local Breakfast Series event hosted by the Ottawa Board of Trade and OBJ at the Shenkman Arts Centre this spring, La Cité president and CEO Lise Bourgeois said the school is looking to forge deeper relationships with businesses both across the region and in its own backyard. “We have a special relationship with East Ottawa and will contribute to its plans and priorities,” she told attendees. Her comments came on the heels of a final Ottawa East economic development strategy and action plan, developed by consulting firm Doyletech. It identified several sector-specific opportunities, including: • Engineering and industrial systems; • Agri-tech, including goat products and meat processing; • Culinary, recreation, arts, culture and tourism, including

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OUT OF THIS WORLD HOME SERVICES CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY; REBRANDS BELLEFLEUR PHYSIOTHERAPY OPENS SECOND LOCATION Bellefleur Physiotherapy, named one of Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2017, recently celebrated the opening of its second location at 2 Beechwood Ave., at the corner of the Vanier Parkway. Founded

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Other opportunities identified by Doyletech includes cannabis growing and processing, robotics, “green construction” as well as distribution and warehousing.

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Support for free market opportunities to address high electricity prices Enable opportunities for Ontario businesses and residents to better manage electricity costs through virtual netmetering. Policy resolution submitted by the Ottawa Board of Trade and ratified by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce at its spring annual general meeting.

electricity generation that produces power at peak-demand times, this will allow subscribers to take advantage of the “peaking” nature of the “time-of-use” period, which will significantly reduce their electricity bills. The move to deregulate the electricity grid in Ontario was the correct one, but the province has yet to truly harness the potential of the free market opportunities that will provide businesses in Ontario with the open, fair, and competitive electricity options that will enable lower prices and long-term resiliency of the grid.

Electricity prices in Ontario are the highest in the country, undercutting the competitiveness of businesses in the province and reducing the attractiveness of the province as a destination for

investment. It is the responsibility of the Government of Ontario to explore opportunities for businesses and residents to obtain relief from these pressures. Between 2008 and 2015, due to a myriad of factors, electricity prices in Ontario rose by 71 per cent, outpacing the growth of Ontario’s economy by a factor greater than 4:1. Its impact on businesses has been well-documented. This resolution will attempt to provide a constructive free-market solution to this challenge: virtual net metering. Virtual net metering is a billing arrangement that allows multiple homeowners or businesses to participate in the same net metered electricity generation system and share the output

from a single facility that is not physically connected to their property (or their meter). Under this arrangement, the electricity generated from a single project creates bill credits that can be used by one or more participating customers to account for a portion of their total electricity needs. The supplier is partnered with the local utility to ensure the monthly energy (kWh) produced by the project is netted off of the participants’ electricity bill proportionally based on their level of ownership in the project. As many of these projects deploy

Commit to continue with timeof-use pricing and investigate opportunities to enable ratepayers in the province to enter in to virtual net metering arrangement under a timeof-use/production pricing scheme.

Amend O Reg 541/05 (the Net Metering Regulation) to allow for virtual net metering.

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rléans has transformed over the past 13 years. Back in 2006, the business community along St-Joseph Boulevard was looking for a way to promote their commercial district, which is how the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area (BIA) was created. Today, Orléans is poised for more transformation. Light rail is arriving by 2025, along with opportunities to realize more economic growth and a more vibrant community. A Revitalized Centre The original “main street” of Orléans is St-Joseph Boulevard, which is home to many of the unique shops, services and restaurants that Orléans has to offer. This is the “place where community happens” in Orléans, which needs to be supported and grow over time. “Our vision is a revitalized, vibrant centre for Orléans, which is more walkable, bikeable and connected to light rail,” says Jasmine Brown, Executive Director of the BIA. Over the past 10 years Festival Plaza, along Centrum Boulevard, has become a place where people gather for arts and culture with the Shenkman Arts Centre. And we have worked hard to bring festivals to the Plaza, such as the Orléans Craft Beer Festival, the Orléans PoutineFest, and the Orléans Ribfest to name a few. East End Economic Corridor Revitalization also means smart redevelopment and intensification around light rail. Already we are seeing an increased interest in the potential for transit-oriented development, and the economic and job growth this can bring. Light rail will help to create an economic corridor for the east end of the city. “The BIA is bringing a renewed focus to its work, particularly around economic development, as we look to the future,” says Pascale Bazinet, Chair of the Orléans BIA. Bringing Balance to Orléans With light rail and revitalization, Orléans needs to have a more balanced work base compared to the rest of Ottawa. Even though Orléans has one of the most educated and bilingual workforces in the city, we export most of our workers every day. And there is an imbalance across the city - for example, Orléans has fewer than 50 federal jobs, compared this to 13,100 federal jobs in the Kanata/Bayshore area. There is a similar disparity in large employers and knowledge-based jobs.

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Our vision is a revitalized, vibrant centre for Orléans Orléans also exports its workforce each day. Each morning about 80 percent of traffic is leaving Orléans, while only 20 percent is coming to Orléans. Balance Orléans is an initiative to bring more community awareness to this issue and rally support for major employers, and is working with the Capital Task Force 2020. We believe Orléans will become a place where residents can work in their own community, and people from all parts of the city can take light rail to work at knowledge-based jobs and large employers, right here in Orléans. One of the most sought-after characteristics of workers today, particularly millennials, is to live in a neighbourhood where they can live, work and play. Creating more mixed use developments in this area, with a mix of retail, office space and residential will be a key goal as we look to the future.

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OBOT Connect! June 2019  

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