FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When and where can I buy a home?
A: Residents are already living in the first phase of Wateridge Village. To learn more about homes currently available, please visit our team page to explore the current offerings from our builder partners.
Q: When will the community be completed?
A: With an expected development life span of 10 to 15 years, work at Wateridge Village is just beginning. When completed, the ambitious redevelopment site will feature a diversity of housing forms and be home to some 10,000 residents in a mixed-use community that is sustainable, walkable, cycling-supportive and transit oriented.
To learn more about Wateridge Village and what it will eventually entail, we recommend exploring the approved Communty Design Plan.
Q: Is there transit service to Wateridge Village?
A: OC Transpo began servicing the community with two bus routes in 2017. The service encourages the use of public transit and highlights the connectivity of the new development from its very inception.
Route 17 is intended to provide rush hour service between Wateridge Village and downtown. This route connects to Rideau station and terminates at Parliament station.
Route 27 is intended to provide rush hour service between Wateridge Village and St. Laurent station, via Cummings Avenue.
Off peak and weekend transit service is available along Montreal Road. For more information, please click on the route to learn more at the OC Transpo website: http://www.octranspo.com/routes
Q: Will there be new schools in this community?
A: Three locations in Wateridge Village have been reserved for future elementary schools although currently, no firm dates have been set for construction. These locations have been reserved for the following school boards: French Catholic Elementary, French Public Elementary and English Public Elementary. Each school board will make a determination about its future needs and whether to exercise its option to purchase the reserved site.
Q: What kind of parks and public spaces are planned for the community?
A: Combined, roughly 25% of the community will be devoted to greenspace when Wateridge Village is complete.
Two parks are already open: Wing Officer Willa Walker Park, featuring play structures, public seating areas, a splash pad and a basketball court. Alliance Park also opened in 2017, featuring play structures, public seating areas, open spaces for picnics and Canada 150 commemorative features.
To learn more about the planned parks for the community, we recommend reviewing the Parks Master Plan. A map of proposed park and commemorative street names is also available here.
We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter for further updates and public meetings on future park design and construction.
Q: Will there be cycling pathways at Wateridge Village?
A: Wateridge Village’s design is welcoming to cyclists. The community has a planned multi use pathway network that will link to Montreal Road, the Monfort, Aviation Parkway and the George Etienne Cartier Parkway. To learn more, we recommend exploring the approved Community Design Plan.
Q: Will the history and cultural heritage of the site be commemorated?
A: Yes, Canada Lands Company prides itself on respecting history, community and culture at all of its projects. Wateridge Village incorporates commemorative elements directly into its design through park and street naming, landscaping elements and various community features. The Algonquins of Ontario and military legacies of the site will be celebrated. To learn more visit the history section.
Q: When will new streets in the community be opened?
A: Wateridge Village is being developed in phases. We would encourage you to view the phasing map to learn more about the timelines for the community.
In advance of future phases of development, we are also working to open Hemlock Road as a temporary private road for the community. We have completed the process of receiving City approval. We are reviewing the structural integrity of the road to ensure it meets minimum safety, as well as visibility standards. The plan for now is to hopefully have Hemlock Road opened by mid-2019.
Q: Will there be affordable housing at Wateridge Village?
A: Wateridge Village will include an appropriate stock of both affordable rental and ownership housing to meet the community’s needs and adhere to the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan policies.
An example of this is the Veterans' House project at Wateridge Village, which specifically targets the needs of the rising number of homeless veterans in Ottawa. To learn more about affordable housing at Wateridge Village, we recommend exploring the approved Community Design Plan .
Q: What can you tell me about the relationship between Canada Lands Company and the Algonquins of Ontario?
A: The 2010 Algonquins of Ontario (“AOO”) – Canada Lands Company CLC Limited (“CLC”) Participation Agreement provides a framework for an ongoing relationship and the realization of mutual benefits as the Wateridge Village / Village des Riverains site is developed. Specifically, the Participation Agreement provides opportunities for cooperation between the AOO and CLC, 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
- The opportunity for AOO to acquire lots or blocks under the municipally-approved plan, as development takes place
Q: Have the AOO acquired any lots or blocks at Wateridge Village?
A: The AOO have formed an agreement with Tartan Homes for the purchase and development of a mix of semi-detached units and townhouse units in Phase 1A of Wateridge Village. The AOO continue to monitor opportunities on a case-by-case basis as they arise.
Q: What can you tell me about the Algonquin commemoration within the Wateridge Village community?
A: Phase 1 of the redevelopment includes the following approved commemorative street naming related to the Algonquin presence:
- Chemin Wanaki Road: Algonquin for ‘at peace’
- Chemin Mikinak Road: Algonquin for ‘turtle’
- Rue Moses Tennisco Street: Algonquin military veteran who died in action in the early part of 1917 and was laid to rest in the United Kingdom
- Rue Michael Stoqua Street: Algonquin military veteran who served in WWI for two years before he died in France on April 15, 1917. His mother Jennie Stoqua received two tokens of recognition: a memorial plaque and memorial cross
Future phases will have further commemorative street naming and will include three Algonquin commemorative parks with the proposed names below:
- Parc Kishkabika Park:, Algonquin word for “rock cliff”, as this park is situated at the northern escarpment of the site
- Parc Mieshimin Park: Algonquin for “acorn of white oak”, chosen to reference the three mature Bur Oaks in the Park
- Parc Tanakiwin Park (Northeast Woods): Algonquin for “our home”
The plant materials to be used in these parks and throughout the development include a variety of trees, shrubs, and perennials native to the area that have been chosen for their Algonquin cultural, spiritual and educational significance. These will be incorporated into the designs so that users are able to learn about their historical and present day uses.
Q: How were the Algonquin commemorative elements identified and developed for the Wateridge Village community?
A: The AOO and CLC have established the Consultation Working Group to act as a bridge between the two parties throughout the implementation of the Participation Agreement. This Working Group is composed of equal representation from the AOO and CLC and meets as frequently as agreed to. It provides a forum for discussion, information sharing and consultation.
CLC and the AOO also worked together during the following events to explore and understand Algonquin heritage and legacy commemoration opportunities on the Wateridge Village site:
- March 23-24, 2011: Elders Circle in Pembroke
- April 12, 2013: Elders Circle in Pembroke
- July 26, 2013: Algonquin Nation Gathering in Bancroft
- September 25-26, 2013: Elders Circle Guided Bus Tour in Ottawa
- March 9, 2015: Talking Circle in Pembroke
- Several AOO/CLC Consultation Working Group Meetings
Lashley + Associates Landscape Architecture were engaged by CLC to develop concepts based on what was heard at these events. A commemoration program has been developed for Wateridge Village for the consideration of Algonquin community members.