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Carlington North Veterans’ Housing Heritage Study

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The City of Ottawa is conducting a heritage study of the veterans’ housing subdivisions in Carlington North.

Wartime Housing Limited, a federal Crown corporation, built and managed houses for war workers and veterans during a nation-wide housing shortage following the Second World War. In Ottawa, houses were built by Wartime Housing Limited in several areas, including two subdivisions in Carlington North.

Council directed heritage planning staff to conduct a heritage analysis of the veterans’ housing subdivisions in Carlington North to determine cultural heritage value and to consider strategies for conservation and commemoration.

The heritage study includes an inventory of the building stock, historical research and analysis of the streetscapes and neighbourhood context of these two wartime subdivisions.

Study area

The study area is generally the area bounded by Carling Avenue to the north, Anna and Fisher Avenue to the east, General and Marshall Avenue to the south and Merivale Road to the west. The area is primarily residential and consists mostly of houses built by Wartime Housing Limited following the Second World War.

The veterans’ housing study area is based on the 1946 and 1947 subdivision plan boundaries.

Carlington North Veterans’ Housing Heritage Study Area
Image: City of Ottawa.


The goals of the study are to:

  • Engage with and learn from residents and stakeholders about the history and importance of these veterans’ housing subdivisions
  • Document all buildings and streetscapes in the study area
  • Complete an analysis of existing streetscape character and neighbourhood context
  • Conduct historical research related to the study area
  • Recommend potential heritage conservation and commemoration approaches for the study area

The outcomes of this study are not yet determined. Future recommendations may include plaques and signage, listing properties on the Heritage Register, additional planning studies or a formal Heritage Conservation District study. Residents and stakeholders will be informed of the recommendations and invited to participate in the decision-making process.

Black and white image of several partially built homes.
Wartime homes on Carling Avenue, mid-construction, 1945 / City of Ottawa Archives / CA024990

Get involved

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 11:48 am
Last updated: 
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 3:44 pm

Dates & Times

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm

We invite you to tell us what you think about the veterans’ housing subdivisions. We are interested in photos or details you have about homes and buildings in the area. There are several ways to participate:

Join us on Zoom for the first public meeting. Heritage Planning staff will introduce the project and answer questions.

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 1930 3817
Passcode: 963118
Local number: +1 647-558-0588
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Until October 19, 2021 Share information and join the email list for updates about the heritage study.

Throughout September 2021, Heritage Planning staff will be in the community conducting field work. Field work is weather dependent and includes photographing houses, streetscapes and documenting built features. Staff will be doing their work from the public right-of-way (sidewalk and street) and will be following public health COVID-19 guidelines.


Summer 2021

  • Prepare an inventory of buildings and streets
  • Conduct research and analysis
  • Launch web survey

Fall 2021

  • Review survey results
  • Prepare key findings
  • Recommend next steps

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Heritage Planning