• Future site of new central library to be local and national destination

    Ottawa – At a ceremony held today, Mayor Jim Watson and The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, with Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board, dedicated the future home of a joint facility shared by the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada. Dignitaries unveiled a sign designating the site at the corner of Albert Street and Commissioner Street.

    In 2017, City Council and the Ottawa Public Library Board approved partnering with Library and Archives Canada to build a new joint facility, which will serve as a national institution, a city-wide resource, and a community gathering space.

    Located at the eastern edge of LeBreton Flats, the new facility will be located near homes and businesses, as well as green spaces, including the Garden of the Provinces. In addition, light rail will figure prominently into access to this new facility, as Pimisi Station is less than 300 metres away.

    Pedestrian access will be improved with planned road and intersection modifications along the Albert and Slater corridor. These will facilitate movement and support integration with the Central Business District and residential neighbourhoods to the east and south.

    This unique partnership will provide the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada with a unique, state-of-the-art facility that brings together the creative services of a public library and the public services of a national library and archives for a richer customer experience.

    Expected to open in 2024, this new facility will be a modern, iconic building and destination that will be designed by a renowned architectural team working with the City and the public on the look, feel and user experience of the building.


    “The new central library will benefit residents of Ottawa and visitors for generations to come. It will be an important hub in our city and an anchor for the whole community. Our collaboration with Library and Archives Canada will create a civic and national institution where residents can gather, learn, be inspired, and connect with the world and each other.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa 

    “Canada’s history and heritage are irreplaceable treasures that we must preserve with the utmost respect. This new joint facility will be a building of which all Canadians can be proud. It will be an invaluable resource for those seeking knowledge—or those just looking to curl up with a good book.”
    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

    “This new facility in the heart of Ottawa is an excellent example of the partnership and co-operation between federal and municipal institutions that is a priority for our government. This collaboration will allow us to showcase artifacts highlighting Canada’s history and will make visiting the new central library a richer experience for local residents and visitors to the nation’s capital alike.”
    The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament (Ottawa Centre)

    “This new facility will be a community gathering space here in Ottawa, bringing people together to learn and exchange ideas. We’re excited to collaborate with Library and Archives Canada to provide innovative services and a rich customer experience in a modern space.”
    Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair, Ottawa Public Library Board


    Ottawa Central Library
    Library and Archives Canada
    Developing LeBreton Flats

  • Mayor Watson to Seek a Strong Mandate to Negotiate the Future of LeBreton Flats

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    April 12, 2016

    Ottawa  – Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced that he will be seeking a mandate from Committee and Council to allow the City of Ottawa to enter into negotiations with RendezVous LeBreton Group (RLG), the National Capital Commission (NCC) and other government partners on the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats.

    Due to the significant long-term interest of the LeBreton project for the City of Ottawa and its residents, it is important that the City takes part in future negotiations. The Mayor seeks to represent the City in those discussions to ensure that the best interests of the City of Ottawa and its taxpayers are represented during the redevelopment of one of the most noteworthy land areas available for development in Ottawa’s downtown core.

    The Mayor will also work with the Ottawa Senators organization, West End councillors, businesses and residents to ensure that appropriate options are being developed to help make up for the potential economic loss to Stittsville, Kanata and the West End of Ottawa, should the Canadian Tire Centre be relocated.

    The Mayor asked City staff to prepare a report outlining Council’s vision and setting a mandate for future negotiations, including the delegated authority for both the Mayor and City Manager to enter into discussions moving forward. The report will also identify the potential long-term city-building benefits of the redevelopment, including a more viable transit system, an increase in environmental sustainability and a more prosperous and vibrant core. The report will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee in the coming months.

    Following these negotiations this project will then follow the City’s required development review and approval process (i.e., secondary plan amendments, zoning, site plan approval, land division, etc.).  The City will encourage an open dialogue of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment by offering opportunities for feedback and public consultation.


    “This development has the potential to be a tremendous City-building opportunity. We need to be at the table to ensure that the public areas within the LeBreton Flats redevelopment are distinctive, but also developed in a manner that is consistent with the City’s urban design and accessibility standards. I also want to ensure that it promotes a mix of housing types so that residents from all income brackets can call LeBreton home.”

    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick Facts

    The LeBreton Flats redevelopment project will:

    -Support transit-oriented development along the Confederation Line and Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT), increasing the long-term viability of LRT investments and bolstering transit usage across the city;

    -Promote connectivity with the City’s pedestrian, cycling, and multi-use pathways;

    -Connect the downtown core and Centretown, Chinatown, Hintonburg, Wellington West and the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, and improve access to the historic Ottawa River shoreline;

    -Strengthen economic and tourism ties between the Cities of Ottawa and Gatineau and improve transit connectivity for residents of both cities;

    -Build affordable housing within the downtown core and within easy access to transit and promoting a range and mix of housing types; and

    -Create both short-term and long-term jobs for Ottawa residents while fostering the City of Ottawa’s long-range economic prosperity.


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