• Mayor Watson seeks input on important City of Ottawa issues from local provincial candidates and party leaders

    Today, Mayor Jim Watson issued a short questionnaire to local provincial candidates and their respective party leaders, seeking their input on important City of Ottawa related issues.

    All received responses will be posted on Mayor Watson’s website www.Jimwatsonottawa.ca, simultaneously, without editorial comment, on Monday, June 4. The intention of this respectful initiative is to ensure local issues specific to Ottawa receive provincial attention in the lead-up to the June 7 provincial election.

    The questionnaire’s responses will outline each party’s position on issues of great interest to the City of Ottawa, its residents and businesses.

    Click here to view the questionnaire.

  • City secures funding to extend O-Train Trillium Line to the heart of Riverside South

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean, to announce provincial funding for the proposed O-Train Trillium Line extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to Limebank Road as part of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

    The Province of Ontario is committing $50 million to fund the anticipated $80M cost of the 3.4 kilometre extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to a new terminus station approximately 200 metres west of Limebank Road in the future Riverside South Town Centre community. Provincial funding will support capital costs, including an additional train required to service the extension. The City is also finalizing details with the Riverside South Development Corporation, a partnership between Urbandale Corporation and Richcraft, to implement a privately supported area-specific development charge that would raise the additional funding required to implement this extension. The Province’s financial contribution is in addition to the more than $1 billion contribution to the fully funded O-Train Trillium Line and Confederation Line extensions that are proceeding as part of the Stage 2 LRT Project. This is the single largest investment any provincial government has made to support public transit in Ottawa.

    When the Stage 2 Trillium Line enters revenue service in 2021, it will use high efficiency diesel powered Stadler FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) vehicles. These trains are 80 metres in length and are approximately double the passenger capacity of the current Trillium Line vehicles. The Stadler FLIRT meets the highest rated international environmental and performance standards for its class of vehicle and offers the potential for future electric conversion. In addition, the FLIRT model will have four doors for passenger boarding, further supporting AODA compliance and providing an improved customer experience.

    Extending the Trillium Line to Limebank Road integrates LRT within the heart of Riverside South, fostering higher transit adoption rates, efficient land use, and helping reduce north/south traffic congestion by providing reliable public transit options. With LRT offering peak commute times that can compete with car trips, more people will choose LRT as a first transportation option.

    An addendum to the Trillium Line Environmental Assessment will be filed with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) this June. A connectivity study for Limebank Station will occur as part of the Riverside South Community Design Plan update, anticipated to take place later this year.

    The Trillium Line extension is one of the three extensions in Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project. In the south, the Trillium Line will be expanded to reach Limebank Station, with a link to the Ottawa International Airport by 2021. In the east, the Confederation Line will extend to Trim Road by 2022. In the west, the Confederation Line will extend to Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.

    Once completed, Stage 2 will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail, with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span 64 kilometres and include 42 stations.

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with the City through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    City proposes improvements to Trillium Line extension south

    City of Ottawa secures funding for Stage 2 LRT


    “We have a responsibility to build the infrastructure that Ontario needs to maintain a strong economy and our high standard of living. The additional funding that we are investing in Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project today will be used to connect people and communities across Ottawa through new, modern, sustainable public transit. These investments are vital to support our quality of life today and for the future.
    Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

    “I’m very pleased that we could bring LRT to another community in Ottawa, and I want to thank the Province for making this happen. Riverside South is a fast-growing community, with an increase of nearly 40,000 residents expected in the next ten years. Bringing LRT to the area provides attractive options to commute to work, shop at the future Riverside South Town Centre, go downtown and enjoy an evening out, or to travel to the airport.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Riverside South will be a premiere family friendly community in Ottawa with this substantial investment in infrastructure.  The extension of the Trillium Line will result in a stress free and environmental friendly alternative to automobiles for those residents commuting to downtown Ottawa. The future for Riverside South is bright!”
    Terry Nichols – President of Urbandale Corporation

    Quick Facts:

    • Trillium Line (existing)
      • Length – 8 km
      • Number of stations – 5
    • Confederation Line (Stage 1)
      • Length – 12.5 km
      • Downtown tunnel – 2.5 km
      • Number of stations – 13
    • Stage 2 (Confederation Line and Trillium Line)
      • 24,000 people per direction per hour at peak capacity
      • 44 km of new rail
      • 24 new stations
      • South extension
        • 16 km including a spur to the Airport
        • 8 new stations
        • Completion 2021
      • East extension
        • 13 km
        • 5 new stations
        • Completion 2022
      • West extension
        • 15 km
        • 11 new stations
        • Completion 2023

    Stage 2
    Confederation Line
    Ready for Rail
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  • Ottawa 2017 applauds the Government of Ontario for its support of sesquicentennial celebrations in Canada’s capital

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to welcome the Government of Ontario as a partner for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport, announced today a contribution of $9 million to Ottawa 2017. Through this investment, Ottawa 2017 will offer a diverse range of activities to highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation, as well as mark the 150th anniversary of Ontario.

    “The 150th anniversary of Confederation is an opportunity for people across our province to come together to celebrate our achievements and build a shared vision for the future,” said Premier Wynne. “Through Ontario150, our government will invest in people and infrastructure to help build a stronger and more inclusive province in the years ahead.”

    “Our Ontario150 program will leave a lasting legacy for our communities, engage youth, encourage cultural expression and promote participation in sport and recreation, while creating jobs and economic opportunities in every corner of the province,” said Minister McMahon.

    “This investment is a strong vote of confidence in our city, and it will have a significant impact on the caliber of celebrations being planned for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Together with our provincial partners, we will ensure that Ottawa, our nation’s capital, shines brightly as we welcome Canadians and visitors from all over the world.”

    Ottawa 2017 events supported by this announcement will include, among others, the Underground Multimedia Experience, Ottawa Welcomes the World, the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge, YOWttawa, Inspiration Village, La Machine, Agri 150, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary celebrations, Canadian Videogame Awards happenings and other yet-to-be-announced events.

    “In 2017, when CIBC marks its 150th anniversary along with Canada and the Province of Ontario, we are honoured to co-host landmark celebrations designed to inspire and strengthen our connections as Canadians,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President, CIBC. “Together with Ottawa 2017 and the Government of Ontario, we will help amplify these celebrations and offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences.”

    Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau welcomed the announcement made today by Premier Wynne and Minister McMahon and noted that, “with the Government of Ontario’s support, we will showcase Ottawa like never before and create energizing moments for the millions of Canadians that will take part in these historic celebrations.”

    Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of exciting 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, 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.

  • Ontario Committing More Than $1 Billion for Stage 2 LRT in Ottawa

    Today, the Province of Ontario announced more than $1 billion in funding towards the City of Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT expansion project. This historic investment in our City will boost our economy, connect our city and improve the quality of life of residents.

    Read the official Province of Ontario News Release below


    News Release

    Ontario Committing More Than $1 Billion for Light Rail Transit in Ottawa

    June 3, 2016

    New LRT Will Create Jobs, Drive Growth and Improve Quality of Life

    Ontario is committing more than $1 billion toward the City of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) expansion project to help grow the economy, reduce travel times and connect people to jobs.

    Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the investment in Ottawa today. The funding represents the largest provincial transit investment in Ottawa’s history. New, modern light rail vehicles on tracks separated from regular traffic will offer fast, efficient service and improve travel for people across the region. The expanded LRT will also lower greenhouse gas pollution, improving air quality and fighting climate change.

    The Stage 2 LRT project will add 30 kilometres of new rail and 19 new stations, extending the LRT network to the east, west and south. Ontario’s funding commitment will also help support the capital costs of two additional extensions: a spur to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and an extension to Trim Road in Orléans. These will add 6.5 kilometres of new rail and three stations. Construction on Stage 2 is expected to start in 2018, once the Stage 1 Confederation Line is completed. Stage 2 is expected to enter service in 2023.

    Ontario’s funding for Stage 2 is part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — $160 billion over 12 years — for projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. The planned investments would support 110,000 jobs on average every year across the province. In 2015, Ontario announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

    Investing in priority transit infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

    Quick Facts

    • Ontario has already committed up to $600 million towards the Stage 1 LRT project, called the Confederation Line — a $2.1 billion project that is jointly funded with the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa.
    • Stage 2 will extend the Ottawa LRT network to the east from Blair to Place-d’Orléans Station; to the west from Tunney’s Pasture to Bayshore Station and southwest to Baseline Station; and to the South from Greenboro Station to Bowesville in Riverside South.
    • Ontario’s commitment of more than $1-billion will also support two additional extensions, a two-stop spur from the Trillium Line to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, and a one-stop extension of the Confederation Line further east from Place-d’Orléans Station to Trim Road in Orléans.
    • Construction is expected to generate nearly 24,000 person-years of employment, or nearly 1,000 full-time jobs.

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    “Our investment in the Ottawa LRT will make a big difference in people’s everyday lives. It’s one of a number of historic investments in infrastructure that our government is making. It will help to create jobs and grow our economy now and for years to come.”
    — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

    “The province remains committed to working with the City of Ottawa as it moves forward with implementing its Stage 2 LRT project. We know how important public transit is to managing congestion, curbing emissions, creating jobs and building communities.”
    — Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

    “Ontario’s funding of Stage 1 and now Stage 2 of LRT is a major contribution to the economy and quality of life of Canada’s capital city; an efficient and complete transit system is a necessity for our dynamic city.”
    — Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean

    “This is the largest one-time infrastructure investment‎ by the province of Ontario in the economic transformation of our city. On behalf of the City of Ottawa, I would like to thank the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, and local caucus members for this historic vote of confidence in Ottawa’s future.”
    — Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa