Feds pledge $9 million to expand Ottawa’s Ronald McDonald House

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Ottawa Construction News staff writer

The Federal Government has announced $9.3 million for an expansion at Ottawa’s Ronald McDonald House.

The Ottawa Construction Association has also donated $25,000 to the project’s capital campaign.

Earlier this year, Ronald McDonald House Charities Ottawa announced plans for an $18.9-million expansion to its facilities at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The expansion will increase the number of bedrooms to 22.

The facility is designed to be accessible and constructed to the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building standard, making it more resilient to power outages and changes in energy prices.

Federal funding will come from the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program.

“The funding will enable Ronald McDonald House Ottawa to meet the current and future demand for all families displaced from their homes while travelling to seek medical care,” said CEO Christine Hardy. “This expansion will provide essential social infrastructure, enable equitable access to pediatric care, and reduce the financial burden faced by travelling families.

“Our new net-zero, LEED Gold standard building will allow for RMH Ottawa to support an additional 347 families travelling to Ottawa for medical care each year.”

RMH Ottawa provides a place to call home to families of children that are traveling for treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

“This grant and financial support means so much to RMH Ottawa and will allow their House to bless many more families, just like mine, by providing a place to call home while their child receives medical care,” said Candice Morello, guest at RMH Ottawa for eight nights.

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