Posted July 12, 2021
ACORN members from across Ottawa who are facing displacement due to renovictions and demovictions held a “Bed-In” protest at City Hall on the morning of Wednesday, July 7th.
Members from the west end in Manor Village, Herongate, and Vanier set up tents, and sleeping bags outside of city hall to show councillors where many of them will end up without greater protections for tenants. ACORN members are specifically calling on the city to enact an Anti-Displacement Policy, similar to what has been implemented in Burnaby, B.C.
An Anti-Displacement Policy that would protect tenants from renovictions and demovictions consists of 3 key elements:
- An Anti-Displacement Policy has 3 key elements to prevent demovictions and renovictions
- In the case of the redevelopment of affordable housing, an Anti-Displacement Policy ensures rental replacements so that if the developer eliminates affordable market rental units or subsidized units, they are included in the new development for the same price and number of bedrooms.
- Units lost to redevelopment must be replaced at a ratio of 1:1 or 20% of the total number of proposed units, whichever is greater.
- Tenants who are evicted should have the first right of refusal to move back into the units created in the new development, at the same rent that they were paying before.
- While tenants are waiting for their redeveloped unit, they will have to live somewhere else. It is likely that this temporary place will be much more expensive than their original unit, so:
- Tenants can choose between accepting temporary accommodation (given 3 options) of comparable size and location at the same rent they were paying before OR the tenant can find their own unit and the landlord must provide a rental top up so their rent does not increase.
Moving Cost Coverage
- Moving costs assistance up to 1400 dollars depending on the size of your unit for when you relocate to a temporary unit and again when you return
Councillors McKenney and Leiper spoke to members at the “bed-In” to voice their support for the policy and the action was covered by the Ottawa Citizen, Sun, Le Doit, CBC, CTV, Capital Current and City News.
ACORN members are now waiting on the release of the City’s staff report researching the tools the municipality has to prevent renovictions and demovictions.
CBC News: Ottawa ACORN Action Against Renovictions
CityNews: ACORN protest at City Hall
CTV News Ottawa: Bed-in protest at City Hall