Economic Development

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.”

Significant employment development proposal for Orléans

OTTAWA - Orléans Ward Councillor Bob Monette accompanied by Mayor Jim Watson announced this morning at the Orléans Chamber of Commerce Breakfast a historic development being proposed by BRIGIL. As part of the Official Plan Review led by the Planning Department and Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning Committee, residents of Orléans will have the opportunity to provide their comments on Petrie's Landing III, a proposed mixed-use development on North Service Road. The proposal is subject to BRIGIL securing all required planning approvals.

Countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup at Lansdowne

Ottawa - The official match schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ was provisionally approved today by the FIFA Executive Committee during a meeting held in Zurich. Nine games, including one quarter-final game, will be hosted by Ottawa.

Fans can now mark their 2015 calendars with the world’s largest women’s soccer tournament that will dominate the Canadian landscape from June 6 until July 5, 2015.

Mistral Venture Partners bring breath of fresh air to Ottawa startup community

Today, Mistral Venture Partners announced the close of their first round of venture capital funding. Originally set to close at $10 million, managing director Code Cubitt, is pleased to announce that this round was oversubscribed. The Fund’s overall target is $35 million. Mistral is the first new fund to close in Ottawa in over a decade and brings a breath of fresh air to Ottawa’s cash-starved startup community.