Sunday, March 16, 2014

Military House Hunting Trip





Congratulations on receiving your military relocation to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City.  We are honoured and pleased to have you for the duration of your posting.  The National Capital Region is home to approximately 1,200,000 people and is the 4th largest metropolitan area in Canada and located only 5 hours from Toronto and 2 hours from Montreal.

It is, for the most part, a public service city with the Federal Government being the largest employer though there is also a good-sized high tech component, located predominantly in the West End in Kanata.  Many jobs, especially public sector jobs, require fluency in both English and French.  There major school boards – English Public, English Catholic and French Catholic (English schools do offer French Immersion).

Ottawa is a beautiful city with rivers, canals and parks, bicycle paths, ski hills within a 30 minute drive and lots of great restaurants, museums, and cultural offerings.  Mont Tremblant, Quebec is located within a 3 hour drive and offers world class skiing and golf, nestled in a European chalet styled oasis.

The housing market in Ottawa and area is a fairly stable market, mostly due to the stable nature of the workforce here. Prices climb slowly but steadily year after year. For specific information on the real estate market, please feelfree to contact me by clicking here.


The Relocation Process- House Hunting Trip (HHT)
You are entitled to a House Hunting Trip (HHT). The HHT shall normally be taken 30 – 60 days in advance of Change of Strength date (COS). HHT bookings must be made at least 14 days prior to departure dates, except when operational requirements prevents it and the Base Commander authorize the last minute bookings. The HHT must be authorized by your Base Commander at least 14 days prior to your trip.

What is covered on my HHT?
A standard HHT as a Core Benefit includes up to 5 days and 5 nights at the new location, for the member, or spouse, or both.  The total duration, including travel time, should not normally exceed 7 days and 6 nights.  Your meals will be reimbursed for the total 7 days of your HHT including travel days.  Members are entitled to a rental car and all expenses related to it such as gasoline, insurance and parking while on your HHT.

Other expenses covered by the Military?
All your legal and other fees associated with your purchase will be covered. You may use only approved suppliers from your list for such services as real estate agents, lawyers, house inspectors, surveyors etc. If needed, you will pay for water tests, well and septic inspections and radon gas inspection etc and be reimbursed later by IRP. Please note, if you are buying a property on a well and septic you should count on about $1000 for the various tests, but these properties are rare within the city of Ottawa.

If you are a military family moving to Ottawa, please click here for assistance

References available from other military personnel relocated to Ottawa.

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