• Mayor Watson announces transit pass for low income residents

    Ottawa — Today, Mayor Jim Watson, along with the Chair of the Transit Commission Councillor Stephen Blais, announced that a low income transit pass will be included in the City of Ottawa’s 2017 budget.

    The low income transit pass will be available at a significant discount on the adult general monthly fare for those residents who are at or below the income cut-off (LICO) as defined by Stats Canada. It will be available to residents with an annual individual income of approximately $20,000 or less, or a family income of approximately $38,000, for a family of four. The specific discount of the pass will be revealed when the budget is tabled at Council on November 9.

    This announcement comes after a year during which options to provide a low income transit pass were thoroughly debated in our community. Time and again, Ottawa residents have indicated that they support the City’s efforts towards providing lower income residents with affordable access to transit.

    “The low income transit pass will provide a more viable transit option for our working individuals who live on low wages,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Significant progress needs to be made wherever and whenever we can to make Ottawa a better place to live for all our residents. By offering a low income transit pass, the City is helping those who would otherwise not be able to afford to get around the City, either to maintain or find meaningful employment, or access healthcare.”

    The low income transit pass will be offered as a new type of monthly transit pass and will not be subsidised by the cost of other transit passes. City Council’s policy on the amount that OC Transpo collects from its riders versus the amount it collects from taxpayer contributions to transit will remain the same.

    “Introducing a new transit pass for low income residents will reinforce OC Transpo’s commitment to providing world-class, affordable transit for all Ottawa residents,” said the Chair of the Transit Commission, Councillor Stephen Blais. “This new transit option will help us create an even more affordable City for unemployed residents seeking employment, single parents, recent immigrants settling in Ottawa, or those temporarily out of work due to injury.”

    This affordable transit pass could benefit as many as 8,800 eligible low income transit users.


  • Red-light cameras being installed at locations across the city

    October 3, 2016 – Today, Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, and Orléans Councillor Bob Monette unveiled a new red-light camera at the intersection of St. Joseph Boulevard and Old Tenth Line Road, making it the first of five new red-light cameras that will be installed throughout the city in 2016 with 15 more to be installed in 2017.

    These 20 new red-light cameras will be in addition to the existing 34 red-light cameras currently in operation at locations across Ottawa. The City installs cameras at intersections based on collision rates.

    “Road safety is a top concern in neighbourhoods across Ottawa and as a Council we are committed to making sure that all of our road, path and sidewalk users feel safe,” said Mayor Watson. “In the 2016 budget, Council approved the expansion of the red-light camera program as another tool we can use to ensure our streets are safe for everyone.”

    The program’s objective is to improve intersection safety by decreasing the number of red-light running occurrences. Collisions resulting from red-light running tend to be more severe than other intersection collisions because they usually involve at least one vehicle travelling very quickly. In 2014, there were 655 reportable angle collisions at signalized intersections in the city.

    “Keeping residents safe as they travel through the city is of vital importance,” said Councillor Egli. “By implementing tools such as red-light cameras, with enforcement and education, we can improve the level of safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on our roads. These cameras also allow police to focus on other enforcement needs.”

    Red-light cameras take two photographs: the first is taken when a vehicle is about to enter an intersection with a red light, the second photograph shows the offending vehicle in the intersection. The fine for running a red light is $260, plus a $5 service fee and $60 victim surcharge.


  • New Federal Homelessness Funding Available for Municipalities

    News release from Municipal Advocacy Solutions. September 30, 2016

    Housing has been in the news a lot lately. Whether it is high home prices, families who require safe, affordable housing, or the consultations being led by CMHC on a National Housing Strategy, there is a lot to talk about.

    Just today, FCM’s Big City Mayor’s Caucus released 7 ways to help fix the housing crisis affecting the Country. You can read that article here.

    This week the Federal Government also announced funding for Municipalities to help alleviate homelessness. The funding stems from the 2016 Federal Budget and the infusion of $112 million into the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

    There are 2 funds Municipalities can apply for:

    • Innovative Solutions to Homelessness – Contribution projects
      Applicants are invited to submit proposals for projects that develop innovative and effective best practices or innovatively build capacity to prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada. Successful applicants will receive funding between $25,000 to a maximum of $500,000 to create and/or evaluate concrete and potentially groundbreaking best practices that can be used to improve client outcomes. (DEADLINE: NOV 14th, 2016)
    • Innovative Solutions to Homelessness – Microgrants
      Applicants are invited to submit proposals for small scale experimental projects or prototypes up to a maximum of $25,000 in grant funding to develop and/or evaluate effective, innovative and potentially groundbreaking practices, tools, or initiatives that prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.(DEADLINE: OCT 21st, 2016)

    If you require any assistance with ongoing funding opportunities, federal advocacy, or strategic advice, please feel free to contact us.

    Shawn Menard
    Municipal Advocacy Solutions

  • Angela Hewitt to perform at the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson is proud to announce that internationally acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt is the feature performer at the inaugural Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, which will take place on on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.

    Angela Hewitt is one of the world’s leading pianists and recipient of numerous awards and honorary distinctions. As an Ottawa native, Angela spent her formative years in the Nation’s Capital before launching her international career and settling in Europe. Angela has been described as one of the reliably mesmerizing musicians of the day and her performance will undoubtedly dazzle guests.

    Mayor Watson will also welcome the Ottawa Symphony and performances by local dance, musical and theatrical artists, along with art exhibits and displays by local Arts Court artists.

    The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the achievements of Ottawa’s local artists, while supporting the upcoming talent of tomorrow.

    Mayor Watson is pleased to welcome CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA as Platinum level sponsors of the inaugural Mayor’s Gala for the Arts and Groupe Germain and the Rideau Transit Group as Gold level sponsors.

    The culinary arts will also be proudly showcased as guests will savour creations prepared by the chefs of The WhalesboneAtelierBeckta and Thyme and Again.

    The beneficiaries of the 2016 inaugural event are Ottawa Arts Council and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Proceeds from the Gala will be directed towards the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project.

    The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts will outline the vibrancy, diversity and charisma of Ottawa’s local arts community. Together, let’s Fall for the Arts.

  • Mayor Jim Watson calls for increased protection measures for cyclists and pedestrians

    Ottawa – On September 22, Mayor Jim Watson wrote to the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, to request that further research be conducted on truck side guards and other safety measures that would reduce fatal collisions between cyclists, pedestrians, and heavy trucks.

    Mayor Watson’s letter was sent following a meeting with key local cycling and pedestrian groups earlier this month, organized with the Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, Councillor Keith Egli.

    Today, following a meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts earlier this week, Minister Garneau announced the creation of a task force to look at measures to increase safety. He also announced the launch of a new Transport Canada study that will examine new technologies that could reduce collisions involving cyclists, pedestrians, and heavy trucks.

    “I am pleased that Minister Garneau has heard our call and is committed to enhancing safety measures; I look forward to seeing the results of their discussions and the proposed study,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “While it is impossible to completely eliminate incidents, the City of Ottawa will strive to reduce their likelihood and severity.”

    “I’m pleased to work with my provincial, territorial and municipal colleagues to explore options to reduce collisions and improve safety for everyone on Canada’s roadways. Whether it’s through technology, equipment, or an educational approach, we need to find out what works best in order to improve safety for Canadians.”  said Minister Garneau.

    For more information on the Transport Canada study, please visit this link.

  • Ottawa 2017 Honoured with Prestigious International Awards

    September 26th, 2016 – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to have received nine (9) awards from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The awards recognize excellence and creativity in promotional materials produced by festivals and events around the world.

    “This is a terrific endorsement of the excellent work that the Ottawa 2017 Bureau has done so far to prepare for our city’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We thank the international festival and events industry for these accolades and look forward to welcoming Canadians and visitors from all over the world to Ottawa next year to celebrate with us.”

    The prizes were awarded last night during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony, held at the IFEA’s 61st Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, in Tucson, Arizona where Guy Laflamme was a keynote speaker and Ottawa 2017 was the main buzz.

    “What an incredible boost for Ottawa 2017 to be recognized on the international stage alongside some of the world’s most reputable and longstanding events,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and 2016 Chair of the IFEA World Board of Directors. “We’re pleased to work with and highlight the ingenuity of creative Canadian organizations, such as Mediaplus, Orkestra and Moment Factory as we prepare to launch a year-long celebration in our nation’s capital for Canada’s sesquicentennial year.”

    The professional competition, judged by an independent international jury, draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events, such as the Kentucky Derby Festival (USA), VIVID Sydney (Australia) and the Rotterdam Festival (Netherlands).

    Ottawa 2017 (Celebrations Ottawa Inc.) won awards in the following categories:


    GOLD! Best Organization Website (Ottawa 2017’s official website: www.Ottawa2017.ca)

    GOLD! Best Miscellaneous Media (A high-energy video showcasing what’s to come in Ottawa in 2017: https://vimeo.com/180035390)

    SILVER! Best Social Media Site (Ottawa 2017’s official Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/ottawa_2017/)


    GOLD! Best Company Image Pieces (Ottawa 2017’s colourful, vivid and bold business cards)

    GOLD! Best Single Newspaper Display Ad (An eye-catching Ottawa 2017 ad displayed in newspaper Le Droit “L’année à ne pas manquer”)

    GOLD! Best Single Magazine Display Ad (An eye-catching poster advertising 4 of Ottawa 2017’s signature events “Be Here for Canada’s Big Year”)


    SILVER! Best Pin or Button (Ottawa 2017’s official lapel pin)


    GOLD! Best Targeted Sponsor Solicitation Proposal (Ottawa 2017’s proposal to CIBC, the organization’s lead partner)


    GOLD! Most Creative/Effective News Stunt (Ottawa 2017’s innovative announcement for signature event, the Underground Multimedia Experience https://vimeo.com/163315773)

    Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

  • Giuseppe Nicastro receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    September 28, 2016 – Mayor Jim Watson and River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Giuseppe Nicastro at today’s City Council meeting.

    One of Ottawa’s finest entrepreneurs, Mr. Nicastro is highly respected for both his business acumen and his community benevolence. He has strong convictions in building a robust Italian-Canadian community in Ottawa, and has become the go-to person for organizations seeking support and assistance.

    As Board Director at the Villa Marconi Long-Term Care Center, Mr. Nicastro has worked hard to establish his vision for excellent care. He has even taken the time to become a volunteer committee member to improve the lives of all the residents at the facility. Mr. Nicastro also supports the St. Anthony’s Church and numerous other local community associations and charities.

    Mr. Nicastro is an established business person, and the success of the Nicastro Fine Foods has become a pillar in the community, offering Italian culture to all. In addition to this achievement, he has used his leadership skills and business expertise to help found both the Circolo Recreativo Cleto and the Milan Club of Ottawa. Mr. Nicastro has truly managed to build the local economy with an international sensibility.

  • Full year of sesquicentennial celebrations in Ottawa to kick off with the lighting of an eye-catching cauldron on New Year’s Eve

    September 22nd, 2016 – With just over 100 days to go until Canada’s 150th birthday year, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce a New Year’s Eve event that will launch a full year of celebrations in the nation’s capital and to welcome Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Enbridge) as a programming partner in the creation of a focal point for the big kick-off. Also contributing to this project are: AltaGas Utilities, ATCO Gas, FortisBC, Gazifere, SaskEnergy, Union Gas Ltd. and the Canadian Gas Association.

    On December 31, 2016, an event to celebrate the start of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary will take place at Ottawa City Hall. In partnership with Enbridge and natural gas companies from across Canada, the early-evening, family-friendly celebration will include the lighting of a spectacular cauldron in Marion Dewar Plaza. The tri-sided installation an artistic adaption of the Ottawa 2017 logo measuring approximately 5 metres high (16 feet) and 4 metres wide (13 feet) will be located in the garden bed that lines the memorial fountain next to Laurier Avenue.

    The sparking of this centrepiece will cue hundreds of Ottawa-area students to form a human chain, connecting young people from diverse backgrounds and weaving a line of youthful optimism through downtown Ottawa streets.

    “On the eve of a year when Canadians across the country will celebrate the 150thanniversary of Confederation, our nation’s capital will be a gathering place for commemoration and celebration,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “We’re pleased to invite Canadians to visit their capital onDecember 31, and throughout 2017, to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

    “We’re excited to mark the beginning of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in Ottawa with an energizing and momentum-building New Year’s Eve event that involves the future leaders of our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The partnership between Ottawa 2017, Enbridge and other Canadian natural gas companies will enable the creation of an impressive cauldron that will burn brightly on December 31st and become a lasting symbol throughout the year.”

    “As our capital city prepares to welcome the world, we are happy and honoured to partner with Ottawa 2017 to build a unique cauldron that will inspire and engage Canadians in this once-in-a-lifetime celebration for Canada,” said Cynthia Hansen, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution. “Enbridge has delivered the energy its customers want and need for more than 165 years, and this is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and contribute to the success of our country’s sesquicentennial.”

    The cauldron will be powered by clean and affordable natural gas. Earlier this year, the Ontario government announced its support for the expansion of renewable natural gas (RNG).  In recognition of this, Enbridge will purchase Canadian RNG offsets for the cauldron.  RNG is an emission neutral fuel made from organic waste that does not add new CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. It is fully interchangeable with conventional natural gas and uses the same infrastructure.

    A number of events and activities will be presented in the capital throughout 2017, a year that marks both Canada’s and CIBC’s 150th anniversaries.

    “There couldn’t be a more appropriate time to launch our joint celebrations than on New Year’s Eve – a night to reflect on our past and look forward to the future,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “CIBC is happy to welcome Enbridge, another longstanding Canadian business, along with a strong representation of Canadian natural gas companies, to the dynamic group of Ottawa 2017 partners that are helping to create moments that bring Canadians together with pride.”

    Through a partnership with the Ottawa 2017 Bureau announced earlier this week, Ottawa’s four local school boards will recruit student participants for the human chain. Details on how to get involved will be shared with students and their families in the coming weeks.

    “We are just over 100 days away from the first event of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations and we’re counting down to the start of a moving and monumental year in the nation’s capital,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “As our country rings in 2017, we felt it important to have a visual symbol of the celebrations, where people can gather and take memorable photos on New Year’s Eve and throughout the year. We’re thrilled that Enbridge and other Canadian natural gas companies are partnering with us to build excitement and enhance the celebrations.”

    The cauldron will remain a special landmark throughout the year in Marion Dewar Plaza and will be re-lit for special occasions.

    Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and onFacebook.

    About Enbridge Gas Distribution
    Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (Enbridge) has a more than 165-year history and is Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company. It is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. Enbridge has ranked as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for the past seven years and was also named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2015. Enbridge Gas Distribution and its affiliates distribute natural gas to over two million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New York State and New Brunswick.

    For more information on renewable natural gas (RNG) visit enbridgegas.com.

  • One Young World announces the participation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at 2016 Summit

    One Young World announces the participation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at 2016 Summit

    Ottawa – Today, One Young World organizers are very pleased to announce the participation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the 2016 Summit taking place in Ottawa from September 28 to October 1, 2016. The Prime Minister shared the following video welcoming delegates to the Summit.

    Prime Minister Trudeau joins a distinguished list of notable counsellors who will be speaking at the Summit and mentoring delegates including:

    • Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General
    • Cher, Activist and Musician
    • Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
    • Sir Bob Geldof, Activist and Musician
    • Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for Climate
    • Senator Murray Sinclair, Senator and former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation       Commission
    • Jon Landau, Oscar winning producer of Titanic and Avatar
    • Minister Marc Garneau, First Canadian in Space and Minister of Transport
    • Harley Finkelstein, COO, Shopify
    • Full counsellor list available at ottawatourism.ca/OYWmedia

    “I’m excited to welcome One Young World to Ottawa. These young leaders exemplify the very best of our societies: diversity, leadership, and service. I look forward to meeting many of these leaders over the next few days as they exchange their ideas and their vision for a better world with their peers and communities.”  – Rt. Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

    The One Young World Summit, which is considered the world’s premier global youth forum, will welcome 1,300 exceptional young leaders aged 18-30 from around the globe. The seventh annual Summit offers a unique platform for young leaders to network with peers from every country and sector, sharing ideas to develop solutions to address urgent global issues.  Plenary sessions at this year’s Summit will examine the following six themes:

    • Education – Are schools adequately preparing young people for today’s job market?
    • Global Business – How can global businesses fulfill their promises to be good global citizens?
    • Mental Health – Can we halt the rise of depression and suicide among young people?
    • Human Rights – Why are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities still being persecuted in 2016?
    • Peace and Security – Are young people the key to countering extremism?
    • Environment – Can technology save the planet?

    As Co-chair of the One Young World Advisory Board, Mayor Jim Watson has been a strong supporter of the power of young leaders to affect positive social change.

    “We have so many promising young leaders here in Ottawa and right across the planet,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “They change the way we think about our future today, and they will have a profound effect on the way we act as a society tomorrow. As we get ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, I could not be more proud to welcome them in our capital at this juncture in our nation’s history.”

    The One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony will take place on the lawn of Parliament Hill on September 28, 2016 and will provide a dramatic backdrop to showcase Canada’s diverse culture as well as the 196-nation flags representing tomorrows’ global leaders.

    “Ottawa Tourism is extremely pleased to host One Young World in Canada’s capital,” said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We look forward to the opportunity to showcase the best of what Canada has to offer to this prestigious group of young leaders.”

    Over 100 blue-chip companies have made One Young World an integral part of their development of global talent and corporate social responsibility initiatives, with companies increasing the size of their delegations each year.  With AB Inbev and Barclays as strategic partners, One Young World 2016 will also feature an A-Z of companies including Coca-Cola, Deloitte, EY, Facebook, Google, Janssen, KPMG, L’Oreal, Siemens, Telefonica, Unilever, Volkswagen and Westpac.

    About One Young World

    Founded by David Jones, founder of You & Mr. Jones, and Kate Robertson, former Global President, Havas Worldwide, the annual One Young World Summit is a unique event that offers international decision makers powerful insight into where our world may be heading.

    Since its inception, One Young World has hosted over 7,000 delegates between the ages of 18-30. No youth-dominated event other than the Olympic Games represents as many countries as One Young World does. The reach of the event is exemplified as 8.9 million people have already been positively affected by delegate-led initiatives.

    More specifically, One Young World ambassadors are directly responsible for:

    • Immunising 1-in-3 children worldwide
    • Providing 94 million meals in 63 countries
    • Catalysing the first LGBT+ movement in Iraq
    • Founding the first rape crisis centre in Somalia
    • Supporting 10,000 health workers in 23 countries
    • Delivering free healthcare to 5,000 people in Oman
    • Educating over 80,000 people during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

    The key areas of focus at the 2016 Summit in Ottawa will include:

    • Education
    • Global Business
    • Health
    • Human Rights
    • Peace and Security
    • Environment
    • Indigenous Reconciliation

    To date, Summits have taken place in London (2010), Zurich (2011), Pittsburgh (2012), Johannesburg (2013), Dublin (2014) and Bangkok (2015).

    For more information about the Summit, please visit: www.oneyoungworld.com or follow @OneYoungWorld or @OYWOttawa

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656).  You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Ottawa students to add youthful momentum to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce partnerships with Ottawa’s four local school boards, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board, to engage students across the city in Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

    “Ottawa’s school boards have been very supportive and enthusiastic about creating opportunities for students to get involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Next year will be like no other in Ottawa and, through these invaluable partnerships, we’re ensuring that Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations will have a positive, lasting impact on our young people, their families and our community.”

    The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Ottawa’s four school boards will work together to:

    • recruit local schools to pair with some of the 150 exchange groups that Experiences Canada will be recruiting across the country;
    • gather and share stories of immigration and how “home” is defined, in collaboration with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership;
    • launch a poetry contest in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, during National Poetry Month in April;
    • have students write postcards to family and friends across Canada, inviting them to come to Ottawa for the celebrations;
    • enable students to volunteer at Ottawa 2017 activities, accumulating valuable volunteer hours, which are mandatory for graduating;
    • have classes adopt a country, study its culture and traditions, then visit that country’s Ottawa Welcomes the World showcase at Lansdowne Park.

    “The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to be part of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations and offer an unforgettable experience to our 22,600 students and their families,” said Johanne Lacombe, President, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). “By participating in the festivities for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, CECCE students will leave their mark in history.”

    “The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario is extremely proud of its many students and staff who are involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” expressed Linda Savard, President, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario (CEPEO). “It is for us an opportunity to showcase the talents of our youth, our school communities and to demonstrate our French and Canadian pride. Let’s celebrate together both the past and the future of Canada.”

    Pino Bufone, Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Superintendent of Instruction said, “at the OCDSB we support and encourage a culture which develops creative, confident and engaged learners. We believe this is in keeping with Ottawa 2017’s vision to contribute to the identity and positive reputation of our Capital City.”

    Denise Andre, Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), noted that “the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday will be a wonderful learning opportunity for #OCSB students as well as a chance to engage with their community and celebrate our heritage and history.”

    “CIBC welcomes our new partners and the energy and perspective they bring to the celebration of our country’s 150th birthday,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for youth in Canada’s capital to become involved and discover more about Canadian culture, values and identity.”

    The Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, Guy Laflamme added: “Next year will be about celebrating our past and igniting our future. It will be about sharing. Sharing our stories and values. Sharing our culture and experiences. Sharing our hopes and dreams for the future and sparking the imagination of a generation with memories that will last a lifetime.”

    Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

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