Economic Development

The world’s youth will gather in Ottawa for One Young World 2016

Ottawa – Young people, aged 18 to 30, from 196 countries around the world will be coming to Ottawa in 2016 for the One Young World international youth conference.

Ottawa was announced as the winning city this morning by One Young World organizers from London, England, which was also livestreamed to a large contingent who were anxiously awaiting the results at the Ottawa Convention Centre.  Ottawa was the only western city amongst four finalists, which included Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Kobe, Japan.

Mayor Watson announces $360-million worth of Confederation Line contracts now committed to local firms

Ottawa – This morning, Mayor Jim Watson provided a Confederation Line economic update, announcing that the value of contracts committed to local firms is now over $360 million. The Mayor also announced, as the downtown tunnel approaches the 50% completion mark later this summer, the majority of all contractors working on the project are from within the Ottawa region.

Council approves master plans for building the future Ottawa

Ottawa – Council today approved five key master plans that will guide the City’s future land development and the growth of Ottawa’s transportation system. 

Council approved an updated Official Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Pedestrian Plan and Cycling Plan that were created in consultation with the public throughout 2013 during the Building a Liveable Ottawa initiative. These plans set the vision for Ottawa’s future growth to 2031.

Mayor Watson outlines economic development progress during 2nd annual economic outlook event

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson emphasized the importance of having a sound transportation system for economic growth and stressed the City’s commitment to supporting Ottawa’s business community at the 2nd Annual Economic Outlook luncheon today. Presented by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Outlook event provides insight to Ottawa’s business leaders and innovation community.

Mayor Watson signs exchange and co-operation agreement with Beijing

BEIJING, CHINA – Mayor Jim Watson signed an “Exchange and Co-operation Agreement” with Beijing, China at a meeting with Beijing Mayor Wang Anshun earlier today. While Mayor Watson first signed Ottawa’s sister city agreement in 1999, this stronger agreement establishes key common goals in business, trade, investment, culture, education, tourism and municipal administration.

Mayor Watson and Ottawa delegation ready to embark on China mission

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and representatives from Ottawa’s business, technology, tourism and education sectors are about to embark on the city’s largest-ever mission to China on October 12.

“Our China mission furthers the commitment to our residents and business leaders to make our local market diversified and resilient” said Mayor Jim Watson. “China is an emerging market in today’s global-based economy. This provides an opportunity to showcase Ottawa as a dynamic, multicultural city for investment, education and tourism.”