• Statement from Mayor Watson and Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin on the announcement by Amazon

    Statement from Mayor Watson and Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin on the announcement by Amazon

    Although we are disappointed with the news this morning that the Ottawa-Gatineau HQ2 proposal did not make the shortlist, we are proud of the way our two cities and the community came together to put forward a competitive bid that showcased the best that the National Capital Region has to offer. A number of community leaders and economic development partners worked tirelessly over the course of the six-week bid process and delivered a proposal that highlights our region’s economic opportunities, and the world-class talent that calls it home. This strengthened regional collaboration is a legacy of our efforts; one that will help us grow our local economy and attract jobs together in the coming years.

    The proposal that Ottawa-Gatineau put forward is a template that will serve to ensure we remain attractive and competitive in the global marketplace and will help us attract global talent and investments. As Canada’s technology hub, with the most educated workforce in Canada, we believe the National Capital Region remains well positioned to attract interest from global companies looking to grow their presence in North America.

    We congratulate Toronto on making the shortlist and wish them the very best going forward. Should Amazon HQ2 find a home in Toronto, there would likely be significant economic spinoffs for the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and we would welcome those opportunities.

    Amazon decision-makers have provided positive feedback on our proposal, therefore positioning our region for future opportunities. We will continue working with Amazon in hopes of growing their existing team in Ottawa and securing other opportunities in the future.’’

    – Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
    – Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor, City of Gatineau

  • Gatineau and Ottawa mayors announce the mandate and membership of the Joint Transportation Working Group

    GATINEAU and OTTAWA — On May 26, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in conjunction with Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) and OC Transpo, announced the signing of a historic transit agreement between the two cities. In addition to integrating Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) bus routes with the new O-Train Confederation Line, the agreement also provided for the creation of a bilateral working group on long-term interprovincial transportation planning.

    Following up on the May 26 announcement, the mayors of Gatineau and Ottawa today announced the mandate and composition of the Working Group, as well as its meeting schedule.

    From now on, this new forum will be referred to as the “Joint Transportation Working Group”.

    The Working Group’s mandate will be to study and make recommendations on questions related to interprovincial transportation, including transit and active transportation, as well as any transportation infrastructure projects likely to have impacts on both sides of the Ottawa River.

    To ensure that this committee carries on the existing spirit of collaboration between Ottawa and Gatineau, the mayors have named ex officio members who are currently driving key transportation files in both cities. These members are:

    City of Gatineau:

    1. Mayor of Gatineau (or his designated representative)
    2. Chair of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais
    3. Chair of the Commission des transports
    4. General Manager of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais

    City of Ottawa:

    1. Mayor of Ottawa (or his designated representative)
    2. Chair of the Transit Commission
    3. Chair of the Transportation Committee
    4. General Manager of OC Transpo

    Additional staff from both cities and transit agencies will join the Working Group depending on the topics under consideration.

    The Joint Transportation Working Group will meet at least twice a year; additional meetings may be called as required. Meeting locations will alternate between Gatineau and Ottawa, beginning in early 2018.

  • Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge

    ACE Bakery the Official Bread of Ottawa 2017

    Ottawa – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin of Gatineau, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC and Gatineau 2017, are happy to announce that tickets to the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge will go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Ottawa 2017 is also pleased to welcome ACE Bakery® as an Official Supplier and the Official Bread for the celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary in the nation’s capital.

    A Canadian first, the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge will take place on the Alexandra Bridge on July 2, 2017. The iconic steel truss structure that spans the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec will be transformed into a lush grassy haven for the event which will feature entertainment, samplings – including fresh baked breads from ACE Bakery – surprise giveaways and one of the most breathtaking views in the country.

    Tickets for a picnic area on the bridge are $40 (plus tax and service charges) and can accommodate a maximum of four people. Seatings will take place at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 pm and will run for 1.5 hours each. Specific spots on the bridge can be selected online. Capacity for each seating is 650 people. Participants are invited to pack their favourite picnic items to dine on, or purchase pre-made baskets from a number of local food vendors who will be on-site July 2, 2017.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    “Canada’s Capital Region is set to offer an array of activities to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The Government of Canada has provided a total of $5 million to support many of these activities in Ottawa, including the picnic on the Alexandra Bridge—which promises to be a memorable celebration,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The year 2017 is going to be an extraordinary one, and I encourage you to join the party!”

    “We’re delighted to offer Canadians the opportunity to gather together in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial at the ideal location to honour our country’s founding nations: a bridge that connects our French and English roots, over a waterway that is so significant to Aboriginal culture,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The savoury partnership between ACE Bakery, a Canadian success story, and Ottawa 2017 will enable us to showcase fresh Canadian products to residents and visitors, enhancing their experience and boosting the positive impact that the celebrations have on our local economy.”

    “The Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge, a joint initiative between the Ville de Gatineau and City of Ottawa, will showcase our two cities and celebrate both our unity and our diversity,” said Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin. “What will make it even more special is that the MosaïCanada 150 exhibition will be newly opened and picnickers can plan to make this free Gatineau 2017 event part of their outing.”

    “As a proud Canadian company and one of North America’s leading artisan bakeries, we are honoured that ACE Bakery will be the Official Bread for the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Sophia Rouleau, Marketing and Communications Manager, ACE Bakery. “We truly believe bread is a joy to make and a joy to share with others, so this is a great opportunity to invite everyone to discover great bread while celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!”

    In addition to supplying bread for Picnic on the Bridge participants to share with their family and friends, ACE Bakery products will also be served at other yet-to-be-announced Ottawa 2017 culinary events.

    “Canada’s 150th anniversary is the perfect chance to work with and highlight Canadian businesses who contribute so much to our community,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “From one home-grown company to another, we welcome ACE Bakery to the Ottawa 2017 partnership group and look forward to creating memorable – and tasty – experiences with them for all Canadians to enjoy.”

    “We are excited to open ticket sales for the Picnic on the Bridge, and it will be an even more delicious experience thanks to our partners at ACE Bakery,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “The sight of thousands of picnic-goers breaking bread together on the Alexandra Bridge as we celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary will create magnificent visuals that will be shared around the globe on social media and generate international media coverage.”

    “We are proud to participate in this joint activity with the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and, in collaboration with Outaouais Tourism, we will develop a program of family activities for July 2 to welcome residents and visitors,” added Nathalie Brunette, Project Manager of the Gatineau 2017 Committee.

    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 our lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, 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.