Mayor — Ade Olumide
Our Grade — Green
Ade Olumide answered yes to five of the survey questions and gave conditional support to the other two. He acknowledges that a lack of supply is part of the reasons of the housing crisis and believes that zoning and construction practices in Ottawa should be re-evaluated to allow for townhouses as an example. He also believes the Official Plan does not go far enough and supports the construction of 100,000 homes in the next decade.
He supports inclusionary zoning (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAbzH_4uoVo), and would reduce development costs in exchange for affordable units and would increase costs for expensive units in multi-unit buildings as well as townhouses and single-family homes.
He would further lobby the federal government to convert downtown offices to housing, and would implement a 5% vacant unit tax and increased property tax on homes above 2 million to fund affordable housing and a rent bank , as well as getting corporate sponsorships of roads to pay for affordable housing.
Q1: Do you support reforms that would make our zoning policies more simple, permissive, with an explicit goal of fixing our housing shortage, creating 15 minute walkable neighbourhoods, and building missing middle housing city-wide?
Please be advised that Mayoral Candidate Ade Olumide agrees with your comments about the need for safe housing, fixing “reliance on shelters has grown significantly with 1,900 people… sleeping in shelters every night” should be priority 1.
We must implement an income equity lens requiring staff and boards to document how decisions may disproportionately affect the working class and mitigation opportunities.
For example: reducing the number of cars on the road would bring a benefit to the environment, some low-income people do not have cars & cannot afford electric cars, consequently; staff should do a balanced scorecard analysis of ACORN’s Agenda for Change Platform:
“Increase bus service in underserved neighbourhoods, Affordable & Reliable Transit We believe transit should be free, starting with those living on social assistance”
“5% Vacant Unit Tax with revenues funding affordable housing projects …. introduce a Rent Bank like other Ontario cities, Tax all luxury homes- increase property taxes on houses worth more than 2 million” and increase development fees on luxury homes so as to fund a Rent Bank and or affordable housing.
We may not be able to end all drug addiction, but we must invest in preventing new drug addiction, we must have a zero waitlist to enter to enter drug addiction treatment programs, we must increase investment in what works with existing programs re housing, employment, education, reunite with family or friends.
Harm reduction should be a means to an end, not the end. Every life has value, we must not criminalize homeless LGBTQ2S people & other homeless people. Supportive housing solutions must include programs to address the root causes. Council should approve a mandate letter requiring the OPSB to define low risk of violence or property crime calls where bylaw and or social and or mental health workers are the first on the scene and they determine whether to call the police.
We should have monthly metrics on affordable housing, supportive housing, rent and the cost of the average home. One of the Mayor’s Office Advisory Boards will be for housing.
We must end reverse Robinhood home construction policies through an income equity lens strategy to end an intergenerational trauma by sunshine list gatekeepers who may already own homes, and are insensitive to young families, millennials, generation Z and the ability of new Canadians to purchase a house. The price of the average home in Ottawa more than doubled from about $350K in 2015 to about $800K in 2022. Reasons include the lack of home construction that keeps pace with population growth.
For young families with kids, a town house with a back yard, is not a luxury, the 2015 Statistics Canada Ottawa average employment income was 53K, the 2021 figure is $60,650, wages are up 11% in 6 years, home costs are up more than 100% in 7 years. The Official Plan should reflect CMHC and Smart Prosperity Institute projections. In 2022 the average cost of a home in Gatineau is $420,800.
There are reasons for the up to $400,000 average house cost disparities between Ottawa and Gatineau.
We need must expedite plans to convert empty downtown buildings to affordable housing and or rentals.
There must be a way to reduce development costs for less expensive units and increase development costs for more expensive units in the same building, the same logic applies to town homes and single-family homes.
We also need to find ways to involve more non-profit developers like religious organizations and other charities to help increase the affordable housing inventory.
Build affordable housing near frequent transit, implement zoning and development charges incentives.
Q2: Do you support a target of 100,000 new homes in Ottawa in the next 10 years? This is the number that leading housing economists agree we need to build in order to restore housing affordability in our city. Our current Official Plan target is just 75,000 — far short of where we need to be.
Q3: Do you agree we need to fix public consultations so that more voices are heard, and so they consider the benefits of projects to the people who will live in new homes — not just existing homeowners?
Q4: Do you support ending mandatory parking minimums for new developments so that builders can decide if they want to build transit-friendly communities around transit stations?
Yes however there would need to be some visitor parking
Q5: Do you support a win-win inclusionary zoning plan that asks developers to include affordable housing in their developments, in exchange for lower fees, faster approvals, or more density?
Q6: Will you ask the next Mayor and Council to invest in building deeply affordable housing in your ward and take a leadership role in reducing waitlists and repair backlogs for social housing across the city?
Q7: Do you support ending exclusionary R1 zoning rules that keep renters, students, and working class families out of neighbourhoods in the name of “protecting neighbourhood character”?
This would need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, we must reduce “rules that keep renters, students, and working class families out of neighbourhoods in the name of “protecting neighbourhood character” by prioritizing intensification around the LRT corridors.