Ottawa LRT – Stage 2

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Ranking for 2019: 18

Industry Sector: Transit

Specific Sector: LRT

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $3,600,000,000

Government Funds Involved: In July 2015, the federal government announced it would contribute one-third of the cost. The provincial government has also signaled its financial support for the Stage 2 expansion in the 2015 budget under its Moving Ontario Forward infrastructure fund. This tri- level funding arrangement is similar to the partnership for the Confederation Line currently under construction.

Funding Source: P3

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2023


Ottawa’s mayor, council, and representatives from the city’s business, tourism, and academic communities officially launched the Ottawa LRT Stage 2 funding request to the federal and provincial governments. Stage 2 will further reduce commute times by adding 19 new stations and 30 kilometres of rail to Ottawa’s O-Train system between 2018 and 2023. It was recently confirmed through EA work it can be constructed within the $3-billion budget established in the city’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan.

The project will:

• Extend the Confederation Line east from Blair to Orléans, with stations at St. Joseph, Jeanne D’Arc, Orléans Drive, and Place d’Orléans;

• Extend the Confederation Line west to Algonquin College and Bayshore, with stations at Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields, Queensview, Pinecrest, Iris, Baseline, and Bayshore; and

• Extend the O-Train to Riverside South and Bowesville, with a new station at Gladstone, and stations at Walkley, South Keys, Leitrim, and Bowesville.

In May of 2018, the Government of Ontario announced an additional $50-million contribution to fund the anticipated $80-million cost of the 3.4-kilometre extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to a new terminus station approximately 200 metres west of Limebank Road in the future Riverside South Town Centre community. The additional $30 million needed for this extension will be secured through the introduction of an area-specific development charge.

When completed in 2023, Stage 2 would bring the LRT to within five kilometres of almost 70 per cent of residents. Construction is slated to begin in the summer of 2019.


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