The Finance and Economic Development Committee was given a status update on the O-Train Confederation Line project today. Progress is being made with fleet availability and testing of trains along the alignment. Building occupancy permits have been received for all 13 stations and final cleanup of stations is underway.
Rideau Transit Group has submitted a substantial completion notice which is being reviewed. The City continues to monitor critical elements of the testing and commissioning program needed to achieve Revenue Service Availability (RSA).
The Committee received an update from the Ottawa International Airport on its role as a major driver of the city’s economy and its upcoming renewal and expansion plans.
Finance and Economic Development Committee was also briefed about the first year of the Municipal Accommodation Tax. The four-per-cent tax has proven to be a successful source of funds for the tourism industry, generating $14.9 million in 2018. Of the funds collected, 75 per cent is going to sales and marketing efforts while 25 per cent is being invested in destination development initiatives.
The Committee received a report on the City’s procurement done in 2018, including $1 billion in contracts awarded by Supply Services, most of which were awarded under delegation of authority. The City awarded 94 per cent of its contracts competitively, in line with City policy of competitive procurement. City procurement strongly supports the local economy, with 90 per cent of purchased goods and services being local in 2018.
Items requiring Council approval will be considered on May 22.