Ottawa homebuilder's plan for Barrhaven manufacturing plant gets committee's OK

Barrhaven factory
Caivan Communities is proposing to build a 137,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility at 3809 Borrioskane Rd., just off Hwy. 416.

A city committee has given an Ottawa homebuilder the green light to construct a new manufacturing plant in south Barrhaven that’s expected to employ as many as 250 people.

The agriculture and rural affairs committee Thursday approved Caivan Communities’ proposal to build a 137,000-square-foot facility at 3809 Borrioskane Rd., a 20-acre site just off Hwy. 416. The development would include a two-storey office building featuring a showroom and a daycare centre for employees’ children as well as a 100,000-square-foot facility for manufacturing “specialized and purpose-built housing components and materials.”

According to a city staff report, the project is expected to create as many as 250 full-time jobs and 2,000 indirect jobs while generating up to $50 million in annual production revenues. The report says the facility will spend as much as $5 million annually on research and development, including partnerships with the University of Ottawa and University of Waterloo. 

Staff say the manufacturing facility will “provide a noteworthy contribution towards the home-building industry in Ottawa through the robotic manufacturing of home-building components, such as roof trusses and wall panels.”

The plan still requires council approval to rezone the property for industrial use. Council is expected to consider the proposal at its next meeting on June 10.

Ottawa-based Caivan Communities have developments in Orléans, Barrhaven and Richmond Village, according to its website, and also lists operations in the Greater Toronto Area and southwest Florida.