City shares significant news about plans to move forward with Stage 2 Light Rail Transit

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission, and City of Ottawa staff today shared significant news about plans to move forward with the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project.

City Staff also provided a detailed presentation of a related report on Stage 2 LRT, in advance of the tabling of the report at the Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24, and at City Council on March 8. The briefing included an update on significant changes to the scope of the project, information on the final alignment adjustments, the recommended procurement model and the specific activities the City will undertake to get ready to implement Stage 2.

Following extensive public consultation and preliminary engineering work, an expansion of the scope of the Stage 2 LRT Project is being proposed, in order to extend light rail further and faster to the West, South and East:

  • Confederation Line West: beyond Bayshore to Moodie Drive, and southwest to Algonquin College;
  • Confederation Line East: beyond Place d’Orleans to Trim Road;
  • Trillium Line extension to Bowesville and Riverside South; and
  • An Airport Rail Link from South Keys Station on the Trillium Line.

As part of the Western Line extension, an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility will be built in the Moodie Drive area to continue to fast-track LRT progress westerly and service the 8,500 public servants at the new Department of National Defence employment hub at the former Nortel Networks campus.

The briefing also laid out the City’s innovative approach to the procurement of the Stage 2 Project, continuing to work with existing partner Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to ensure an integrated and consistent expanded system while maximizing the amount of work to be procured under new competitions.

The Stage 2 expansion of the O-Train network will be undertaken through two new procurements:

  • A new $2.5-billion Design-Build-Finance competition for the Confederation Line East and West extensions (includes Airport, Trim and Highway 417, and City-bundled works); and
  • A new $535-million Design-Build-Finance-Maintain competition for the Trillium Line extension.

The $3 billion in light rail contracts will be bundled with additional City infrastructure projects in order to improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money, and reduce impacts to the community. The total of over $3.6 billion in combined work will generate over 21,000 person-years of employment.

Upon approval of this report by Council, the project will go to market later this winter. A final report will be brought forward in early 2018 outlining the results of the procurement process and related activities, leading to the final design and beginning of construction. The Stage 2 project will proceed with staggered openings to allow for faster expansions to LRT service:

  • Trillium Line South extension in 2021
  • Confederation Line East including Trim in 2022
  • Confederation Line West to Moodie by 2023


“In 2013, Council set out an ambitious goal for our City: to extend and share the benefits of light rail to more people in Ottawa by going farther and faster to the South, East and West. Today, staff delivered a report that, once approved, will transform Ottawa’s LRT network into a world-class transit system. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our Federal and Provincial partners on this important environmental transportation vision.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

“Thanks to the experience and knowledge gained through the construction of Confederation Line, we are on track to the next stage of delivering a world-class transit system to our residents. When Stage 2 is fully complete in 2023, we will have added over 38 kilometres of new rail and 23 new stations to Ottawa’s transit system.”
Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Transportation Committee

“Over the next few years we will see our vision of a city-wide affordable transit system becoming reality, with this transformational investment in light rail increasing the quality and reliability of our service. More and more people will opt for transit as their first transportation choice, and not just for their daily commute, but for trips out with their families, to the game, the theatre – and not just to downtown.”
Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission

Quick Facts:

  • The Stage 2 Implementation report provides recommendations that meet the directions given by Council in the “Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental and Functional Design Report,” approved by City Council on July 8, 2015. If approved, it will allow for a competitive procurement process for all three Stage 2 extensions and the related supporting projects, and permit the projects to be built within the City’s affordability envelope.
  • The Stage 2 LRT Project budget is $3 billion (excluding the Trim Extension with one station at $160 million, and the Airport Rail Link with two stations at $155 million).
  • The Trim and Airport extensions will only proceed if they are fully funded by the federal and provincial governments; on June 3, 2016 the province of Ontario has committed to covering half of the capital costs for both of these projects.
  • Once the federal funding commitment is confirmed, the City can proceed with the release of the Stage 2 Request for Proposals.
  • The Moodie extension is expected to be achievable within the original budget envelope for Stage 2.


The Government of Canada provides funding in support of Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced that the City of Ottawa is receiving $5,250,000 to fund the expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the redevelopment of the Arts Court building. She also announced that the Ottawa Art Gallery is receiving an additional $1,300,000 for specialized equipment to outfit their new space.

This funding will help the City of Ottawa continue to house 26 not-for-profit arts organizations and to display the Ottawa Art Gallery’s vast collection for local residents and visitors alike.

This funding has been made possible thanks to the unprecedented investment of nearly $170,000,000 for cultural spaces over two years in the 2016 Budget. These investments will help strengthen the middle class with new jobs, provide opportunities for families to access the arts in their own communities, and create spaces for artists and artisans to perfect their craft and ensure that Canada’s unique perspective is shared with the world


“Arts Court is a great example of an institution that allows the arts to grow in our communities by creating a home for local talent. I am proud that our government can help support their great work. Investing in Canada’s cultural sector helps create jobs for the middle class and grow our economy.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“I am pleased to see the Government of Canada invest generously in the new Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project, and in our local arts sector. A vibrant and thriving arts and culture scene stimulates our city’s economic growth, and makes Ottawa an attractive destination for tourism, business and talented professionals.”

—Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa

“Ottawa is replete with amazing national cultural institutions, and it also has a thriving and growing regional arts scene. So it is wonderful to see the Government of Canada recognize this and support the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project!”

—Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery

Quick Facts

  • Arts Court is located in the historic 1870 Carleton County Courthouse in downtown Ottawa.
  • $5.25 million of the announced funding will support the renovation of the existing Arts Court facility and the construction of a new and expanded space for the Ottawa Art Gallery. This project is being managed by the City of Ottawa.
  • $1.3 million of the announced funding will go directly to the Ottawa Art Gallery for the purchase and installation of specialized equipment following the construction of their new facility.
  •  The new Ottawa Art Gallery will expand from its current 10,000 square feet to over 31,000 square feet. It will include several galleries and a new screening room.
  • The Government of Canada is providing this support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, launched in 2001, invests in professional not-for-profit arts and heritage organizations for the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, as well as for the acquisition of specialized equipment and the development of feasibility studies related to cultural infrastructure projects.
  • As of March 31, 2016, the Fund has invested approximately $410 million in 1,381 projects in every province and territory. The program receives an average of 137 applications each year.
  • As of December 31, 2016, 80 percent of the money allocated in Budget 2016 has been approved for projects. This investment is supporting 157 projects in 96 communities across the country this year.

Associated Links


Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

Canada’s Table tickets go on sale Friday at noon

Top chefs from across the country to stage legendary dinner in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Parliament Buildings

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are pleased to announce that tickets to Canada’s Table will go on sale at noon on Friday, February 17.

This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program, will feature all-Canadian products served to guests seated at a single, 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street.

For this once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience, ten top local chefs will partner with ten top chefs from across Canada to stage a legendary four-course dinner with wine pairings.

Local chefs who will be participating:

Chris Deraiche (Wellington Gastropub) Marc Lepine (Atelier)
Joe Thottungal (Coconut Lagoon) Michael Blackie (NeXT)
Jordan Holley (Riviera) Ross Fraser (Fraser Cafe & The Rowan)
Jon Svazas (Fauna & Bar Laurel) Tim Stock (Play food & wine)
Marc Doiron (Town & Citizen) Yannick Anton (Le Cordon Bleu)

Some of the visiting chefs who will be participating:

Dale Mackay (Ayden Kitchen and Bar & Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, SK)
David Hawksworth (Hawksworth & Nightingale, Vancouver, BC)
Melissa Craig (Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler BC)
Matthew Krizan (Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay, NS)
Normand Laprise (Toqué & Brasserie T, Montreal, QC)
Paul Rogalski (Rouge, Calgary, AB)
Scott Vivian (Beast Restaurant, Toronto, ON)

Additional visiting chefs will be announced shortly.

Canada’s Table will take place on August 27 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $175.00 which includes wine pairings (tax and ticket surcharges extra).

To purchase tickets, visit

As announced last month, Canada’s Table is a non-profit event, with many partners donating their time or resources. Proceeds raised from the event will be used to aid local and national food security causes.

This is part of a four-day series of culinary events where celebrity chefs from across Canada will be featured in local restaurants. In addition, they will make a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations and by offering culinary demonstrations on how to prepare low-cost, healthy family meals using fresh local products.

Canada’s 150th anniversary 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 ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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

Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini & Kevin Bazinet to perform at Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert

Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, Live Nation Canada and the Ottawa Senators are pleased to announce that the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will feature musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet, who will showcase their talent in both French and English. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality will host the event.

This original concept show, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, March 17, as part of the celebrations in the nation’s capital surrounding the anniversary of hockey’s most treasured trophy: the Stanley Cup.

The show will include tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable multimedia experience for all ages.

Tickets for the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will go on sale this Thursday at noon. Prices range from $39.50 to $69.50. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, visit or

Ottawa 2017 partners with Live Nation Canada
The Ottawa 2017 Bureau is pleased to welcome Live Nation Canada as an Official Partner of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. The global leader for live entertainment will play a key role in planning musical events in the year ahead.

Stanley Cup 125th Tribute
As announced last summer, the Stanley Cup® 125th Tribute will take place from March 15 to 18, 2017. This extraordinary four-day event will celebrate the integral role hockey has played in shaping our country’s identity and the longstanding love and admiration Canadians have for our national treasure, the Stanley Cup. It will be the signature event to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® this year in Ottawa, where the tradition started.

Events are being organized by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Canadian Museum of History and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument.

About Ottawa 2017
Canada’s 150th anniversary 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 the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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

About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit

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Ottawa Public Library receives Council approval for new flagship Ottawa Central Library

Decision advances municipal-federal collaboration on joint facility

Ottawa – The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) today received City Council approval to develop a new 216,000 square-foot Ottawa Central Library joint facility with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) at 557 Wellington Street. City Council further approved a design-bid-build procurement process in order to ensure maximum control over the facility design, as well as approval in principle for the City-funded portion ($99 million) of the $168 million facility.

“A new Central Library in the heart of the National Capital Region will have a positive impact on our city. And, the collaboration with Library and Archives Canada is a unique opportunity to elevate the cultural significance of this facility and give it national stature,” said Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill – Cyrville. “Thank you to Mayor Watson and my colleagues on Council for making decisions today that move us from planning to action.”

A library for the future, the Ottawa Central Library will be a “creative placemaker” that inspires learning, sparks curiosity, and connects people.  The joint facility will be a one-of-a-kind destination for residents and visitors – both a civic and national landmark.

“Today marks a historic moment for our City, as we undertake the first steps to building Ottawa’s new Central Library; a vital landmark facility befitting the world class city we live in,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Congratulations to my Council colleagues, the Ottawa Public Library Board and City and Library staff on your exceptional work over the last few years. Your commitment to the Central Library Project will be remembered through the legacy it leaves our future generations.”

Today’s decision gives approval in principle, and authority to proceed with next steps, including:

  • Negotiation of the Relationship Agreement with Library and Archives Canada;
  • Development of a funding strategy, including seeking both federal and provincial infrastructure grants, before final project authority is provided;
  • Investigation of options to dispose of the existing assets at 120 Metcalfe Street / 191 Laurier Ave West;
  • Initiation of the procurement process for design (pending final project authority); and,
  • Completion of a detailed study into parking requirements for the joint facility.

The Government of Canada will make a decision regarding Library and Archives Canada’s participation in the joint facility in spring 2017.

About the Ottawa Public Library

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America. The OPL extends public access to information and services through the library’s 34 branches, physical and virtual at, as well as two mobile libraries and a vending machine-style lending library service. Serving close to one million Ottawa residents, OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter like us on Facebook Contact us at 613-580-2940 or If it’s out there, it’s in here!

About Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter (@LibraryArchives), Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

About the Ottawa Central Library project

The Ottawa Public Library has embarked on the most prominent project in its history - the development of a modern Ottawa Central Library in the heart of the Nation’s Capital. A key piece of Ottawa’s transformation into a world-class city, the Ottawa Central Library will be an inclusive, dynamic home for creativity and learning, and will serve as a community branch, a city-wide service, and a destination for visitors to the City of Ottawa and Nation’s Capital. For more information on the project 

VIA Rail becomes Official Partner of Ottawa 2017 celebrations

Gateway to the city decked out in festive pageantry

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome VIA Rail Canada as an Official Partner of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital.

VIA Rail will provide train tickets for artists, contests and promotions, as well as collaborate with Ottawa 2017 on pageantry items at the Ottawa and Fallowfield stations. Other marketing initiatives include distributing Ottawa 2017 brochures in stations and lounges in the Quebec-Windsor corridor and on trains across the country.

Additionally, the rail company will add the Ottawa 2017 logo and colourful look of the celebration to the exterior of the Glenfraser lounge car during special events like Red Bull Crashed Ice, the JUNO Awards, La Machine, and others. Visitors arriving by train during those events will be greeted by enhanced pageantry specific to the special event.


“As the nation’s capital, Ottawa is at the centre of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday. The partnership between VIA Rail and Ottawa 2017 will enable us to share the festive spirit of the celebrations with travellers from across Canada, and to roll out a warm welcome the moment they pull into in our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

“Canada’s 150th birthday is an opportunity to pay tribute to and celebrate our immense country, its heritage, the diversity of its inhabitants, and its quality of life. Connecting more than 400 communities together from coast to coast for almost 40 years, VIA Rail has become a part of Canadian traditions. And as a safe, environmentally friendly mode of transportation, the train is also the smart way to travel. It is in this spirit that VIA Rail invites all aboard for the celebrations! The train is Canada’s best window,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer at VIA Rail.

“We’re proud to welcome VIA Rail to the stellar group of Ottawa 2017 partners. Transportation companies like VIA connect Canadians and visitors to our great country, and offer the opportunity to explore Canada’s rich natural and cultural beauty. As we celebrate our country’s 150th, we encourage all Canadians to participate in the year’s festivities,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

“We’re very happy to work with VIA Rail to spread the word about the exciting celebrations taking place in Ottawa throughout the year. In addition to the ubiquitous Ottawa 2017 pageantry, there will be the opportunity to feature some of the major Signature Events at the Ottawa Station as, giving travellers a flavour of the events taking place when they arrive,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

Canada’s 150th anniversary 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 ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and its 2,600 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit:

Big-city mayors reach out to newcomers and refugees

The 22 members of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus issued the following joint statement reaffirming their commitment to welcoming refugees and other newcomers to their communities.

The strength of Canada’s cities lies in the diversity of our residents.

Those residents come from every part of the globe, seeking a decent quality of life, and sometimes safe harbour. As mayors, we understand that newcomers strengthen our economies with vital skills and capacity for innovation, and they enrich our communities with fresh perspectives and approaches to shared challenges.

Immigrants and refugees deserve equal treatment under the law and the same opportunities as any other Canadian. Exclusion of anyone based on their nationality or faith is unacceptable. On behalf of the millions we serve, we stand together against all forms of racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Canada’s cities continuously strive to be welcoming communities. We are committed to diversity and oppose all forms of discriminiation—both because our values compel us, and because Canada’s future prosperity depends on it. .

To read more about how Canadian cities and communities are actively welcoming refugees, check out the Welcoming Communities toolkit.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal government, with nearly 2,000 members representing 91 per cent of the Canadian population. Its Big City Mayors’ Caucus convenes 22 large Canadian cities from coast to coast.

Michael FitzPatrick, Media Relations: or 613 907 6346

Mayor Watson's statement on the shooting in Sainte-Foy

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the families and individuals affected by the horrific tragedy that took place on January 29 in Sainte-Foy, Québec. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society. Our country is a diverse, inclusive and welcoming nation for people of all faiths and nationalities. We must therefore stand united with our Muslim and faith based communities during this difficult time.

An online Book of Condolences is available to sign on the City of Ottawa website until Sunday, February 5 inclusively. I invite you to write messages to commemorate the victims and to share your thoughts and prayers with their families.

Jim Watson
Mayor, City of Ottawa

Message from Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau

Community Leaders/Colleagues/Friends;

We have had a chance to speak with some of you over the last 24 hours following the terrible tragedy in Ste-Foy, Québec.

I want you to know that we are also aware of the impact this attack has had on all of our communities locally. The members of the Ottawa Police Service are committed to your safety and security and we have increased our vigilance and presence at local religious institutions.

We continue to be in contact with all of our security partners including the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec as their investigation continues.

These types of events affect us all and we understand that they have a profound impact on many in our diverse communities.

The Ottawa Police Service has long standing relationships with our various faith and community groups and leaders.  It is with this relationship in mind that we encourage you to share this information as widely as possible with members of your respective communities.  Ensuring public safety can only be done with the support of the communities we serve.

If at any time, you or a member of your community feels that there is a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress, you are strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1.

For all other non-emergency crimes, or for general inquiries, you are encouraged to call 613-236-1222.

Visit our website at for additional information about the services we offer.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to working together.

Charles Bordeleau
Chief of Police

Get ready Ottawa – company’s coming!

Help roll out the red carpet with Ottawa Host 150

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to launch Ottawa Host 150. The free online training tool, developed in collaboration with the hospitality programs from La Cité and Algonquin College, will help ready tourism industry staff, volunteers and residents to welcome the millions of visitors expected in the capital for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

The new program is a light and fun way to learn more about the capital, Ottawa 2017 events and acquiring key customer service skills. It offers three different training modules: one for general residents, one specific to volunteers and one for frontline hospitality staff on how to exceed customer expectations.

Each module takes about 20 minutes to complete. All those who go through the training will receive a certificate (and bragging rights!) that they are Ottawa Host 150 certified.

To encourage as many residents as possible to follow this online training, Ottawa 2017 is partnering with Le Droit and the Ottawa Citizen on a promotional campaign with incentives and prizes. Details to come shortly on how everyone who has completed the training will be able to win great prizes.

This is our time to shine, Ottawa!


“We encourage all residents and all the tourism industry staff to take the free Ottawa Host 150 training and become ambassadors for Ottawa 2017. Together, let’s offer visitors to our city a true destination experience during Canada’s sesquicentennial year,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

“La Cité is proud to have contributed its expertise and creativity for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Canada. In partnership with Algonquin College, Ottawa 2017 and Ottawa Tourism, La Cité has developed a unique bilingual online training tool. I am happy to see that, thanks to this initiative, the College’s know-how will benefit visitors partaking in this year’s festivities,” said Lise Bourgeois, President of La Cité.

“Algonquin College will also be celebrating a milestone in 2017, our own 50th anniversary. There’s no better way to jointly celebrate our past than with such a forward-looking partnership. We have provided our students with the opportunity to gain experience and skills on real-life projects that will strengthen their college experience,” said Cheryl Jensen, President and CEO of Algonquin College.

“Through my work as Chair of the International Festival and Events Association, I was inspired by a hosting program that Indianapolis had put in place before hosting the Super Bowl. Ottawa Host 150 will have a direct impact on the quality of experience people have when they visit Ottawa and on the memories they take home and share with others. We’re proud to work with the hospitality experts from La Cité and Algonquin College to offer this one-stop shop for information on hosting visitors in Ottawa,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

“Today’s launch of the Ottawa Host 150 training tool will have an impact on the tourism industry—Ottawa’s third largest economic generator—for years to come. 2017 is a special anniversary year and brings with it lots of attention, but Ottawa Tourism wants to leverage this opportunity so that every year is filled with great interactions between local residents and visitors; we know how much this affects our reputation as a destination and visitors’ desire to return,” said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism.

Canada’s 150th anniversary 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 ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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