Zibi is so much more than condos.
Zibi will be a community where diverse people live, work, play and learn. There will be condos, parks and plazas, offices, waterfront pathways, and stores. Zibi will be a community that embraces and celebrates this great Ottawa/Kichissippi River, and tells the stories of those who traveled, traded and lived along it. Over a quarter of the Zibi site will be dedicated to waterfront parks and open spaces, restoring access to the Ottawa River, and views to the Chaudière Falls for the first time in 200 years.
Zibi will be one of the world’s most environmentally and socially sustainable communities. It will honour the voice and heart of the Algonquin people, restore the land, clean the river and give back public access to the waterfront.
Canadian development companies need a model for collaboration with First Nations.
Our vision is a new partnership with First Nations peoples, that directly and tangibly benefits the Algonquin Anishinabe community, and the Ottawa-Gatineau community as a whole.
We have an opportunity to create a new partnership with the Algonquin Nation(s) and other First Nations, that acts as a spark and a learning for how different cultures with conflicted pasts can come together and inspire others — creating a new model of engagement our youth will be proud of.
Together we can rise above the whole picture of challenges and transform them into opportunities. We can realize a more productive and positive path where energies and resources are rightfully directed towards working in friendship and accomplishing greater successes as a result.
Imagine this development as a catalyst for the Algonquin Anishinabe culture, heritage and presence to once again be felt in the heart of the National Capital Region.
Zibi will decontaminate the lands to make way for community.
Zibi’s plans include remediating the acres of industrial lands at a cost of $125 million, and replacing the vacant and abandoned riverfront lot with one of the world’s most sustainable communities.
The clean-up plan for the former industrial lands is complex and robust. It will ensure that these currently uninhabitable islands will be safe and clean for all future residents and visitors to the community. In fact, Zibi has already been recognized with a “Brownie Award” for its brownfield remediation strategy by the Canadian Urban Institute, and numerous local and international awards recognizing Zibi’s community Master Plan. Learn more about these awards.
Zibi will be Canada’s first One Planet Community.
Zibi is Canada’s 1st and the world’s 10th One Planet Community due to its ambitious environmental and social sustainability goals. We kicked off the announcement in May 2015 with a press conference to publicly share our commitments (link).
The One Planet Living program is the most demanding and rigorous sustainability framework and is aimed at creating a network of the Earth’s greenest neighbourhoods. The framework is based on ten guiding principles of sustainability. Zibi has set ambitious goals for each of the ten principles and created innovative strategies to meet them.
For example, the energy sources for Zibi will be among the greenest in the country, and perhaps the world. In addition to sourcing some energy needs from the neighbouring hydrogeneration station (entirely carbon neutral), Zibi is also developing a sophisticated district energy system, sourcing waste heat from nearby industry, sewer recovery, and biomass. Residents and businesses at Zibi can be proud of where their energy comes from.
Other examples include:
Zibi is aligned with Ottawa and Gatineau’s urban densification strategies
Both cities have identified urban densification as their preferred development strategies, to minimize the environmental strain of city sprawl from building cities out further into suburban green space. Moving people to the core, building up and relying on existing infrastructure are widely recognized Smart Growth strategies and the most sustainable way to develop cities.
“Zibi is a visionary project that will re-invigorate this symbolic place, giving it a second wind and new energy. The city of Gatineau, in partnership with residents and the business community, is in the process of revitalizing its downtown core, and the Windmill project fits well within this vision. Zibi offers seamless integration into a site with a rich heritage story that will offer people a new way to enjoy the Ottawa River.”
– Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau, December 10, 2015
“This natural wonder and central part of the Region has been not just inaccessible, but unknown to most residents and visitors. The developers’ vision for Zibi stands to enliven a part of Ottawa that has been dormant for far too long and make this central part of our City and Region the kind of destination that everyone can enjoy.”
– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, March 12, 2015
“I applaud Windmill and Dream for recognizing the rich history, breath-taking geography, and world-class views that combine to make the islands a character-defining place in the Capital. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Windmill and Dream, the municipalities, and Algonquin First Nations to ensure Zibi reflects key Capital interests including improved connectivity, heritage preservation, access to the falls, and inspired public spaces.”
– Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the National Capital Commission, March 12, 2015