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CCOC NewsNotes:
October 2015

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NewsNotes is written and published by CCOC's Membership and Communications Department. Your comments, submissions and suggestions are welcome. The deadline for submission is the 15th of the month. 
Call Erica Butler at 613-234-4065 ext. 241 or send an email.
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Let's Talk Housing!

The Government of Canada wants to hear from you as it creates a National Housing Strategy. Please share your comments before October 21 to let them know if you agree with the vision, themes and outcomes they’ve come up with, or if they’ve missed something important to you. 


All Canadians have access to housing that meets their needs and they can afford. Housing is the cornerstone of building healthy communities and a strong Canadian economy where we can prosper and thrive.


  • Financing costs and affordable lands for rental housing
  • Cost of housing in Canada’s largest cities
  • Low income and groups with distinct housing needs (e.g., homeless, seniors, persons with disabilities, newcomers)
  • Social housing renewal and subsidized housing
  • Laws and regulations
  • Building a stronger affordable housing sector
  • Housing that contributes to Canada's climate change goals
  • Affordable rental supply, including through increased private sector involvement


Sustainability, inclusivity, affordability, and flexibility.

Take a brief survey and share your ideas online.

Or send your thoughts in writing to:
National Housing Strategy Team
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
700 Montreal Rd
Ottawa ON   K1A 0P7

CCOC's 2016 Bike Tour

CCOC held our annual tour on September 10, 2016. Each year we've committed to getting outside to explore our properties and the history of our community either by bus, bike or on foot. This year, we partnered with Green Energy Doors Open for a bike tour. Approximately 30 tenants, volunteers, staff, and community members took part in the event. MPP Yasir Naqvi and City Councillor Catherine McKenney joined us to give some opening remarks.

This year's tour centered around CCOC's vision of sustainability as a nonprofit landlord. Attendees visited five different CCOC sites to learn more about how we encourage green living through both infrastructure and tenant engagement. 

Participants gathered in the 464 Metcalfe meeting room after the tour to meet their neighbours and enjoy some snacks. Stay tuned next summer for details of our 2017 bus tour! 

We're hiring! Maintenance Administrative Assistant

CCOC is looking for an energetic, fluently bilingual (English-French) team-player who will provide customer service to our tenants in our Maintenance Department. 

In this full-time, six-month term position you will be responsible for handling tenant, staff and contractor requests made in person, on the phone, or in writing, within our service standards; prioritizing and relaying requests to our staff and contractors in the field; administering pest control services; scheduling work with our contractors; and following up on maintenance related issues with our clients.

To learn more, visit

Welcome to CCOC, Nadine!

Nadine Desir joins CCOC for a one-year term as our newest Maintenance Administrative Assistant. 

Nadine has studied business administration, finance, and marketing. She previously worked as a financial advisor as well as at a service desk for an HVAC company where she helped to dispatch maintenance technicians. Nadine is excited to work for CCOC because of its diverse tenant population and her love of providing great customer service.

Halloween in CCOC Buildings

CCOC has decorations to lend to tenants interested in decorating their building's lobby. We also have some funds for tenant gatherings to celebrate seasonal events. 

If you're interested in decorating your lobby, or organizing a tenant gathering or treat giving, contact Natalia by email or by calling 613-234-4065 ext. 243.

Getting Ready for Winter

Turning on the heat

CCOC turns the heat on in late September/ early October. In the larger buildings, it can take a few days for the boiler system to build up enough heat to start distributing it to each of the apartments.  

Locking up the roof decks

For safety reasons, CCOC locks the doors to the roof decks the last week of October. The roof decks will re-open in the spring once all of the snow and ice have melted. 

Turning off outdoor taps

If you have an outdoor tap, shut off the water to the outside tap from the pipe shut-off inside, then drain the line by turning on the outside tap.

Se préparer pour l'hiver

Mettant le chauffage

CCOC met le chauffage en marche à la fin de septembre/ au début d'octobre. Dans les édifices plus larges, il faudra quelques jours pour que le système de chaudière produise suffisamment de chaleur pour commencer à la distribuer à chaque appartement.  

Verrouillage des terrasses sur le toit

Pour des raisons de sécurité, CCOC verrouille les portes de la toiture la dernière semaine d'octobre. Les terrasses sur le toit ouvriront à nouveau au printemps lorsque la neige et la glace ont fondu. 

Fermer les robinets extérieurs

Si vous avez un robinet extérieur, fermez l'eau à ce robinet du tuyau d'arrêt intérieur, puis vidangez la conduite en ouvrant à nouveau le robinet extérieur.

Thanksgiving - Office Closed

Le bureau de CCOC sera fermé le lundi, 10 octobre pour l'Action de grâce. Le bureau sera ouvert à 9h00 le mardi, 11 octobre.

The CCOC office will be closed on Monday, October 10for Thanksgiving. We will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, October 11.

CCCA seeks volunteers for Board of Directors

CCCA seeks volunteers for Board of Directors

The Centretown Citizens Community Association (CCCA) is seeking new volunteers to participate on its Board of Directors! If you're passionate about the neighborhood and interested in playing a key role in influencing urban and community development in downtown Ottawa, please consider this unique opportunity.

The CCCA was founded in 1969 and has been a community resource and the voice for residents of Centretown for issues related to urban planning and development. The board requires members who are interested in several areas, including fundraising, community development, urban planning and the environment. To become a board member, you must live or work within the boundaries of the neighbourhood and also be able to commit three to four hours a month for two years. 

Potential candidates will be required to make a brief speech on why they would like to join the board at the CCCA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 18, 2016. Visit for more information or contact Maria Luisa Marti at

Fabric Flea Market

Fabric, patterns, needlework supplies, notions, and yarn! Proceeds support Cambridge Street Public School.

Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue
Admission: $2.00

Donations of fabric and needlework supplies are welcome at the school (250 Cambridge Street North) before October 14. Email for more information or visit their Facebook page.

CCOC Committee Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise specified, CCOC committees meet in the Board Room at 415 Gilmour Street (ring 808). Call 613-234-4065 ext. 0 to confirm. Note: CCOC will pay taxi fare and family care for committee members attending meetings.
Membership & Communications: October 4 and November 1 at 7:00 pm
Development Committee: October 11 and November 8 at 7:00 pm
Property Management Committee: October 13 and November 10 at 7:00 pm
Rental Committee: October 18 and November 15 at 7:00 pm
Finance Committee: October 19 and November 16 at 7:00 pm
Board: October 26 and November 30 at 7:30 pm
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