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Ottawa, Ontario

August 18 - 25, 2018 

Visit the Nation’s capital and give a “hand up.”

Join a team of like-minded Canadians to help a family achieve their dream of a safe and affordable home of their own, while also experiencing a bit of life in the Nation’s capital. Construction experience is not necessary – just a spirit of adventure, willingness to work hard and a sense of humour.

Why should I go to Ottawa?

The metropolitan area of Canada’s capital has a population of about 1.3 million, the 4th largest in the country. Founded as Bytown in 1826 and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of the country. The city name Ottawa is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, which means “to trade.” Ottawa is home to post-secondary, research, and cultural institutions as well as the federal government. The city has the highest standard of living in Canada with low unemployment. Despite the high standard of living, there are notable housing needs in greater Ottawa as in other Canadian cities and towns.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa

Since 1993, Habitat for Humanity Ottawa (Habitat GO) has served 72 families in the greater Ottawa area. This year they will be working on their largest project to-date – Leacross Landing – a 16-townhouse development in the eastern suburb of Orleans. Phase 1 of this project began with four townhouses and our team will be working on one or more of the townhouses yet to be completed.

What will my week look like?

  • Saturday, August 18 – Arrive in Ottawa
  • Sunday, August 19 – Local orientation and cultural activities
  • Monday, August 20-Thursday, August 23 – Build days
  • Friday, August 24 – Build day and Farewell event
  • Saturday, August 25 – Depart for home or extended travel

(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes) 

Where will I stay? What will I eat?

Our lodging will be at the Residence and Conference Centre in downtown Ottawa (University of St. Paul) with two people sharing per room. Breakfasts will be at the conference centre, lunch will be at the build site and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and water will also be provided at the build site. The Team Leader will provide more information about lodging and meals.

What will it cost?

This cost for this 8 day opportunity to build in Ottawa is approximately
$1,570 + round-trip airfare

The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Ottawa and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Ottawa. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts. 

Meet the Team Leaders: Ernie Fraser

To date, I have participated in 19 Global Village trips and been the team leader on 18 of those trips to places in Europe, Asia, South America, the US, Yukon, Iqaluit and PEI. I believe these trips provide great opportunities to strengthen the “global village” within Canada and across other countries. I lived for over a decade in Ottawa and am pleased for the opportunity to give a “hand up” to a family in the Nation’s capital.

Please feel free to contact me erniefraser@shaw.ca if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply by using our online application.

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