Originally Posted by Ottawan
I may be wrong, but I believe that I heard somewhere that municipalities have the right of first refusal to purchase school properties before they are put on the full market.
Either way, I'd like to see the City of Ottawa purchase a portion of the site for a new Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.
Here is the list of bodies that get first crack at purchase:
3. (1) An English-language public district school board shall issue a proposal to sell, lease or otherwise dispose of the real property to each of the following bodies on the same day:
1. The French-language public district school board the area of jurisdiction of which includes the property.
2. The English-language separate district school board or Roman Catholic school authority the area of jurisdiction of which includes the property.
3. The French-language separate district school board the area of jurisdiction of which includes the property.
4. The board of a Protestant separate school the area of jurisdiction of which includes the property.
5. The English language college, within the meaning of Regulation 771 of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990 as that regulation read immediately before it was revoked by Ontario Regulation 36/03, for the area in which the property is located.
6. The college known as Collège d’arts appliqués et de technologie La Cité collégiale, if the property is located in the geographic area of,
i. the Frontenac Management Board, as set out in paragraph 3.3 (b) of an Order made under section 25.2 of the Municipal Act on January 7, 1997 and published in The Ontario Gazette dated February 15, 1997,
ii. the upper-tier municipalities of Renfrew; Lanark; Prescott and Russell; Leeds and Grenville; or Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, or
iii. the local municipality of Ottawa.
6.1 The college known as Collège Boréal d’arts appliqués et de technologie, if the property is located anywhere other than in the geographic areas listed in subparagraphs 6 i, ii and iii.
7. The university named in the Schedule the head office of which is nearest to the property.
8. The Crown in right of Ontario.
9. The municipality in which the property is located.
10. If the property is located in an upper-tier municipality, that upper-tier municipality.
11. If the property is located in the geographical area within which a local services board may exercise its jurisdiction, the local services board.
12. The Crown in right of Canada. O. Reg. 444/98, s. 3 (1); O. Reg. 303/03, s. 2 (1); O. Reg. 146/04, s. 2 (1, 2); O. Reg. 415/05, s. 1 (1); O. Reg. 290/08, s. 2 (1).