This 310-acre site, close to Ottawa’s downtown core, presents a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to address issues of urban reintegration, quality of life and factors important in designing the places where you live, work, learn and play.
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Canada Lands purchased the site from the Department of National Defence on March 1, 2011.
The 2010 Algonquins of Ontario – Canada Lands Company Participation Agreement provides a framework for an ongoing relationship and the realization of mutual benefits as the Wateridge Village is developed.
Specifically, the Participation Agreement provides opportunities for cooperation between the Algonquins of Ontario and Canada Lands Company, including: commemoration of the history and connection of the Algonquin people with the site; AOO engagement in all stages of concept development, land use planning and detailed design; and the opportunity for AOO to acquire lots or blocks under the municipally-approved plan, as development takes place.
In the 1920’s, the Wateridge Village grounds were home to the RCAF Station Rockcliffe -- the country’s most versatile air station. The station has hosted aerial survey and photography, fighter and transport squadrons and flights, a helicopter operational training unit, the RCAF Photo Establishment, the No. 7 Manning Depot (which provided basic training to Women’s Division members in the second World War) and various other units and facilities over its long history.
There have been two major headquarters at Rockcliffe. No. 9 (Transport) Group which later became Air Transport Command was located at Rockcliffe from February 1945 to 1952 as well as being the home of Maintenance Command, later renamed Air Material Command which moved to Rockcliffe in 1949. The latter became the CF’s Material Command after integration. Rockcliffe flying operations continued to at least early 1966. Although its role as an operational station decreased in the late 1950s, there were military flights in and out through to 1968 and even later on an occasional basis.
Canada Lands will finish servicing Phases 1A and 1B which is fully built out with 214 units as well as service Phase 2B over the summer and fall of 2019. Phase 2B will offer 80 townhomes, single detached and semi-detached dwellings along with over 300 low rise apartments/stacked townhomes. This phase includes a 0.4-hectare park – Parc des Anciens Combattants/Veterans Park. A portion of the 2B lands will be offered for sale the latter half of 2019.
Canada Lands' Wateridge Village site is part of the government’s Federal Lands Initiative where the company is making a building block available for an affordable housing project. This program is led by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. For more information, please click here.