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Providing safe and affordable housing to more independent seniors in our community, building on the 30-year success of Ellwood House.


Ellwood House is an independent, non-profit organization developed by and affiliated with the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. 

  • St Thomas has a rich history of service to the community—developing and supporting services for seniors, children, and families in our community. 

  • The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is working with several parishes to plan the best use of their land, creating multiple affordable housing projects that are now at varying stages. 

  • The Ellwood House Board of Director’s vision is to extend its current building to increase the tenant community, and to provide more safe and affordable housing to the many seniors in Ottawa who need a stable home.


Proposed is a three and a half storey extension to the existing Ellwood House, located on Braeside Avenue on the site of the former St. Thomas rectory. The current concept plan proposes 38 one-bedroom units, six barrier-free and the rest fully visitable for those with accessibility needs.


Our vision of constructing an extension to Ellwood House is coming closer to reality. 

The project is being planned by a Steering Committee composed of

  • the Ellwood House Board of Directors

  • representatives of its primary partners, the Church of St Thomas the Apostle and the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa 

  • our Project Manager from Cahdco, a local non-profit affordable housing development organization 

Architectural and planning consultants have been engaged.

  • June 9, 2021: following an information session presented by the Board and Cahdco at a Special Vestry meeting of St. Thomas the Apostle, the parish unanimously approved the three motions put forward:

  1. to work in partnership with the Ellwood House Board to implement the extension project

  2. to transfer title of the property on which the current Ellwood House is located to the parish and the diocese as tenants in common

  3. to grant a mortgage interest in the former rectory property to secure the pre-development loan agreement signed by Ellwood House and the City in May, 2020.

  • September 21, 2021: the Board hosted a presentation on the extension project to the Alta Vista Community Association; in early October, we met with the Ellwood House tenant community to present the plans for the Ellwood House Extension and answer their questions; and on October 21, we held an information session for the community at large. 

  • October 25, 2021: following the completion of a number of environmental and engineering studies, a Site Plan Application was submitted to the City. Feedback has been received and we will continue to work with the City to satisfy the requirements for approval. Once finalized, the Site Plan will be added to the documents below.

  • Winter 2022: work with the architect on the design development, completion of responses to the City Planning Committee comments on the Site Plan, meetings with the City on funding opportunities.


  • Fall 2022: Zoning amendment approvals    


  • Winter/spring 2023: Anticipated site plan approval

  • Summer/fall 2023: Capital funding applications; long-term lease negotiations

  • Late fall 2023: Campaign manager engaged; budget and building design finalized

  • Spring 2024: Shovels in the ground. With this timeframe, we are looking at an 18-month construction period in the hopes of being operational by late 2025


More information about the project can be found in the documents below.



  1. Briefer on Ellwood House

  2. Backgrounder on affordable housing in Ottawa

  3. Ellwood House Extension Steering Committee

  4. Images of Ellwood House Extension

  5. Ellwood House Extension project timeline



2262 Braeside Ave, Ottawa, ON, K1H 7J6