Military Blog

Project “Lean Headquarters” Behind Schedule

This is an interesting development that may affect military postings into and out of Ottawa.  With the move to the new DND headquarters the military is making an effort to get leaner. Part of the Defence Renewal Program launched in 2013, the initiative to reduce the number of staff at Ottawa’s NDHQ by between 846 […]


Ottawa is a very popular destination for military postings. This has given me the opportunity to help dozens of military families get settled in Ottawa. Working with military families has always been the favourite part of my job.  Military clients understand the process and do what it takes to get their home ready for sale. […]

DND Move to Nortel Campus Delayed

DND employees were supposed to start moving in to buildings at 3500 Carling Avenue site by the end of this year but that will be delayed for at least nine months as the federal government spends $30 million to fix the structural problems.  Existing leases for DND offices around the Ottawa area will have to […]

Choosing a House with Good Resale Potential

If you are posted to Ottawa and are planning your house hunting trip, there are some important factors to consider. It is not easy to relocate to a new city and find a good neighbourhood, highly ranked school, and a suitable house. To do so in a few days is a daunting task. Having a […]


Following a number of high-profile news stories describing some very expensive same-city moves, a change has been announced for the Canadian Military Relocation Policy.  The federal government will no longer cover moving costs for retiring members who are relocating within a 40km radius.  This change will align the IPR policy with those of other federal […]

Move to former Nortel Campus Delayed

It now looks like the initial move of DND employees to the former Nortel Campus on Moodie Drive at Carling has been delayed until late 2015.  The original plan was for the first group of 3,300 employees to start moving in January of 2014.  Eventually, 8,500 military and civilian employees will move to the new […]

Posting Season of 2014

This year was a very active posting season here in Ottawa. I had the opportunity to work with some wonderful military clients relocating to the city. Every HHT is different. Just to give you an idea where my 2014 Ottawa HHT clients have purchased so far: Bridlewood (Kanata) Carlingwood (near Westboro) Morgans Grant (Kanata) Half […]

The Move Will Happen!

The move of DND to the Nortel campus has a green light. The review is over and it has been formally announced that upwards of 9,000 Ottawa Military members will be moving their place of employment to the old Nortel Campus in Bells Corners.  The campus will, eventually, be renamed. The first wave (approx. 3,300 […]

Strong Network of IRP Approved Services

It has been a pleasure helping so many military families transition into and out of Ottawa. Being the Nations capital we are a very popular destination for service members during posting season.   Having the right service providers is an integral part of the house hunting process. I have been fortunate over the years to […]

Controversial Final-Move Policy Up for Review

BY KATHRYN MAY, OTTAWA CITIZEN FEBRUARY 21, 2014 OTTAWA — The final-move policy that caught Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie in a political snare will be scrutinized as part of a review of the federal relocation program as the Conservatives prepare to seek bids for a contractor to manage the moves of 20,000 public servants, military and […]