Federal budget includes funding for new downtown library, NCC repairs

A new central Ottawa Public Library branch is getting a major boost from the federal government.

The government will spend $73.3 million over six years, starting this year, to support the construction and ongoing operation of a joint Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada facility.

The federal budget says the new library “will be an iconic community hub, a single door to the national library and archives, and a world-class public library in Canada’s capital city.”

The federal government says the new library is expected to be completed by 2023.

Library Board Chair, councillor Tim Tierney, says he is excited.

Great news! @Bill_Morneau and @cathmckenna heard our request. The Central Library is receiving funding in the budget for a @LibraryArchives collaboration. Thank you to our @opl_bpo board members who had the vision and patience to create what will be a world-class library. pic.twitter.com/MxMyGkxyZU

— Tim Tierney (@TimTierney) February 27, 2018

The budget also includes $55 million over two years to the National Capital Commission.

The money is earmarked for repairs to NCC pathways, bridges, and buildings.

Local public servants who are struggling with the Phoenix pay system have been promised a new pay system. $16 million is budgeted over the next two years to find a new way to pay federal employees.