On the builder sites and in the news: What’s new with Ottawa’s home builders and more

On the builder sites is a compilation of the regular updates we get on what’s happening on (or about) new-home builder sites across the region as well as news on housing issues that are important to our readers. Lot releases, project launches, new models, the latest developments in the housing market and more — these bits and bites are listed as we get them. Check back often.

Last updated: March 31, 2024



Local builders’ association calls for major zoning changes to increase housing construction


March 31, 2024 — A recent white paper from the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association calls for significant zoning changes to increase the pace of housing construction and the supply of affordable housing. Among the changes proposed: unlimited building heights within 800 metres of transit stations and allowing the market to dictate building height.

The paper was released as the city reviews its zoning bylaws — a first draft of which is expected this spring — and in light of the $4 billion federal Housing Accelerator Fund (HAF), of which Ottawa will get more than $176 million.

The paper also calls for removing parking spot minimums and permitting the market to dictate need as well as allowing front yard parking. The association’s white paper supports allowing up to four residential units on any lot serviced by the city and recommends other initiatives.


More on this.

New phase being released at eQ’s eQuinelle



March 19, 2024 — eQ Homes is launching Encore, a new phase of Kemptville’s eQuinelle development, on March 23. Encore features new two-storey singles, bungalows and townhomes.

The towns and singles, which start in the low $500s and range up to seven bedrooms, feature “exclusive lots with exceptional golf course views,” according to an announcement from eQ.

Minto to release phase 2 of Anthem

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Metro Towns by Minto Communities at Anthem in Barrhaven.

Feb. 27, 2024 — Minto Communities will release phase two of its Anthem development at 11 a.m. Mar. 2. Anthem is an enclave of Minto’s stacked back-to-back townhomes — called Metro Towns — in Barrhaven.


“The first phase of Anthem has been so well received in Barrhaven that it is nearly sold out after only a few months,” the builder says in an email to those on its registration list. The homes are two-bedroom condo towns that offer an attractive price point for first-time buyers and investors.

Anthem launched in the fall next to Chapman Mills and will see about 600 homes built. For more on Anthem, see our development summary.

$176 million to speed up Ottawa housing construction

Feb. 16, 2024 — There’s been a lot of chatter this week stemming from the announcement of Ottawa’s $176-million share of the federal government’s $4-billion Housing Accelerator Fund. The money is meant to help the city fast-track more than 4,400 housing units over the next three years and more than 32,000 in total over the next decade.


The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association, which is the voice of Ottawa’s housing industry, said in a newsletter to its members this week that it will “work with city staff on the implementation of action items in the agreement intended to streamline approvals and enhance services to industry.” More on the announcement.

Glenview to release phase 2 of The Commons

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Feb. 8, 2024 — Glenview Homes is set to release the next phase of The Commons in Orléans. Phase 2 will launch March 2 with five new townhome floor plans.


The new floor plans will range from 1,806 to 2,286 with three or four bedrooms and contemporary exteriors. Select models will offer an optional fifth bedroom, double car garage or flex spaces for an office, loft or bedroom.

The Commons launched in 2021 and will see about 300 singles and towns when finished. For more on The Commons, see our development summary.

Towers next to Experimental Farm approved

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Rendering of the three towers proposed by Theberge Homes along Baseline Road and Fisher Avenue.

Feb. 8, 2024 — Ottawa city council has approved rezoning for two residential towers proposed by Theberge Homes that raised concern over the shadow effects they would create on the neighbouring Central Experimental Farm.


The buildings are part of a three-tower development at the corner of Baseline Road and Fisher Avenue, on the site of the original Lone Star restaurant. The first tower, further south on Fisher, was given rezoning approval last fall. The project would see two towers of 24 and 32 storeys facing the farm and the third tower with 24 storeys facing Fisher. Almost 1,100 units are planned, along with commercial space.

“The zoning approved today allows for flexibility in design changes to minimize shadowing on the (farm) while maintaining the proposed density,” the city says in a release.

900+ more units coming to LeBreton Flats

Jan. 29, 2024 — The National Capital Commission (NCC) has taken another step forward in its development of LeBreton Flats, announcing Jan. 25 that it has signed a deal with developers Avenue 31 Capital Inc. and Cogir to develop four parcels of land (1.63 hectares) within the Flats District to “create a new sustainable and inclusive residential-focused community.”


The deal with see the addition more than 900 homes, including affordable residential units and units with at least three bedrooms. The NCC says the net-zero-carbon buildings will sit in a neighbourhood of pedestrian-friendly streets with transit and active transportation as the preferred modes of travel and will connect to a future district energy system.

Redeveloping Legion House

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Rendering of the proposed 27-storey tower for Kent Street.

Jan. 24, 2024 — Ottawa City Council has approved an application to redevelop the site of Legion House on Kent Street. The proposal by Taggart Realty Management would see the dismantling of the historic five-storey building with part of the façade reconstructed into the 27-storey residential tower to be built in its place and part of the façade reinterpreted.

“Once reconstructed, (Legion House) would be integrated with the new building, and the ground floor of Legion House would be used for institutional or community purposes,” the city says in a release. Two houses on the development site are also to be restored and integrated into the overall landscaping and site design.


The new residential building will see 289 units.

Gateway is at the gate

Jan. 22, 2024 — Gateway, a new sub-community at Richcraft Homes‘ west-end Mapleton development, launches Feb. 3 with two-bedroom, low-maintenance flats. The flats start at $399,900 and feature open-concept interiors, designer kitchens and private decks. Learn more.


$50,000 off select homes

Jan. 21, 2024 — Cardel Homes is reviving its 50th anniversary promotion from 2023 of offering $50,000 off select homes. The homes are located in the builder’s communities of Blackstone, Ironwood, Richardson Ridge and EdenWylde. Conditions apply; check with Cardel for details.

New lot releases by Minto

Jan. 22, 2024 — On Jan. 27, Minto Communities is releasing single and townhome lots at Mahogany in Manotick. For more on Mahogany, check our development profile.

Minto  also recently released Urban Townhome lots for the first time at Parkside at Arcadia in west Kanata along with Metro Towns. Parkside is a new enclave of 368 townhomes across the street from Minto’s Arcadia development.


Minto is currently offering its final release of Avenue Townhomes in Phase 4 of Quinn’s Pointe. The master-planned Barrhaven community will eventually see 2,000 homes built.

Low-rate mortgage offer at Trail View

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Jan. 16, 2024 — Builder Metric Homes has arranged an offer for mortgages well below the going rate on three of its townhome lots at Trail View in Kanata. For lots 6B, 6C and 6D, buyers can secure a three-year, fixed-rate mortgage at just 3.99 per cent, amortized over 25 years. Terms and conditions apply and buyers are encouraged to contact Metric for details.


Construction has begun on the homes, with occupancy expected in late summer 2024. Prices start at $731,900.

Ottawa Urban Design Awards announced

Dec. 15, 2023 — A mid-rise rental project in The Glebe by Minto Group is one of nine winners of the 2023 Ottawa Urban Design Awards. Held every second year, the awards recognize Ottawa’s best in urban design in five categories, including urban infill, public places and civic spaces, visions and master plans, and others.


Minto won in the urban infill category for its Fifth + Bank project, a boutique apartment building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bank Street. Ottawa Community Housing also won in the urban infill category for its Rochester Heights Redevelopment Phase I, and Regional Group received an award in the public places and civic spaces category for its walking/biking corridor along the Rideau River at Greystone Village. More winners here.

Canadian housing affordability hits 41-year low

Dec. 15, 2023 — Housing affordability in Canada hit its lowest level in more than four decades during the last quarter, according to the Bank of Canada, as housing prices and mortgage rates continued to rise. The latest bad news on the housing front arrived as the federal government announced an updated version of its post-Second-World-War strategy to build more homes faster in an effort to ease the affordability crunch (see next item).

A report from the National Bank of Canada last month likewise noted a “significant deterioration” in housing affordability during the third quarter of the year and pointed to a “chronic lack of supply” in the housing market coupled with high demand caused by population growth.


Bringing back the post-war home catalogue idea

Dec. 13, 2023 — A post-war effort to quickly house returning veterans using a catalogue of pre-approved homes is seeing a revival. The federal government announced this week that work will begin next month on developing a 21st-century version of the initiative to help combat Canada’s housing crisis.

There will be an emphasis on multi-unit developments such as small low-rise multiplexes with a goal of fast-tracking approval and promoting factory-based construction to significantly reduce the time it takes to approve and build new homes. The government is aiming to have the catalogue ready next year.

New rental buildings for Westboro

Dec. 8, 2023 — Azure Urban Developments is bringing two new rental apartment buildings to Westboro, the 26-storey Azure Westboro at 2070 Scott St., which will have 254 units, and the six-storey Posthouse at 377 Winona Ave. It will have 60 units.


Azure Westboro is slated to sit on a red-brick podium and include a wide lobby designed for co-working and a coffee and wine bar.

Posthouse takes design inspiration from New York City warehouse conversions and the home of the property’s original owner, who served as a Westboro postmaster. It, too, will feature a red-brick façade and will include a bespoke French restaurant.

Leasing is expected to start next summer, with move-in as of Sept. 1.


Minto opens three-storey single models

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Nov. 28, 2023 — Minto Communities has opened two single-family model homes that are three storeys high and meant for 28-foot lots.

The floor plans were introduced at Abbott’s Run this fall, with the two models built at its Barrhaven sales centre to help buyers visual the spaces. They are now available for touring.


Mortgage payments for a year

Nov. 27, 2023 — Valecraft Homes is holding a promotion in which one buyer will win up to $25,000 towards their mortgage payments, specifically $2,050 a month for 12 months.

The contest is open to homeowners who have or will have a mortgage on their Valecraft home in Shea Village or Place St. Thomas in 2024.

The draw will take place July 4, 2024.



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