The enrollment at UOttawa nearly doubled in the past 10 years and this has put a strain on the Sandy Hill community. We need to better control bunkhouses but we must also be proactive in addressing the underlying need they tend to serve: the lack of affordable housing for students.

My plan

Institute landlord licensing

  • Strict criteria on the number of rooms allowed and a mandatory minimum amount of shared living space
  • Limited number of licenses given out
  • Force landlords to develop a maintenance plan (trash management, noise, cleanliness, fire safety, etc.)
  • Regular inspections and steep penalties for infractions (such as heavy fines and a loss of the license for repeat offenders).

Build affordable housing for students

  • Work with the university to develop quality, affordable student accommodations, in partnership with the city.
  • Decentralize accommodations across the city and  provide incentives such as free public transportation to help offset costs for students

Promote better relations between all parties

  • Work to retain the vibrant diversity of town and gown neighbourhoods like Sandy Hill by encouraging and valorize positive contributions of students

 

Read my plan to protect and preserve heritage properties

Read my proposal to reform the planning system

Read my Housing and Homelessness plan

 

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