Envisioning a New LeBreton Flats

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LeBreton Flats is the largest piece of undeveloped land in Ottawa’s downtown core, owned by the federal government on unceded Algonquin territory. It was also home to 2 800 working class people before mass evictions in the 1960s. As the government mulls selling the land for development, ACORN’s Central Ottawa Chapter members and local residents are organizing to make sure that any development meets their needs through a community benefits agreement.

ACORN has published a new report, Development for Who? The Community’s Vision for LeBreton FlatsBased on a survey of over 300 residents, they outline community demands for a new development which include:

  • Affordable, integrated housing
  • Local hiring into good jobs, with fair wages
  • Child care and other community amenities and services, such as a community centre, library,  public space, and public wi-fi
  • Food security, including a affordable grocery store

Find the full report and list of demands here.