Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for


Ottawa Centre

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Progress for the Environment + Economy

As I’ve learned in conversations in the riding, residents of Ottawa Centre care greatly about getting outdoors, protecting Canada’s natural beauty and animals, and ensuring we have clean air and water for future generations. I am proud to represent a riding that cares so deeply about our environment.

Our government is committed to preserving and protecting our environment as we understand our quality of life and prosperity are directly tied to it.  Here a few of the investments and actions we have taken:

Protecting Nature and Ensuring Clean Water

  • A historic $1.3 billion to expand Canada’s network of parks and protected areas, and protect species at risk
  • An Oceans Protections Plan to protect our oceans and coasts and the economies that rely on them
  • Investments to protect the Great Lakes which support over 50 million jobs and provide clean drinking water for 40 million people
  • Banning microbeads, a major source of plastic pollution and threat to aquatic life
  • A Global Plastics Charter to keep plastic out of our waters
  • Free admission to our national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas for youth 17 and under and one year for new Canadians
  • Passed the Pipeline Safety Act that strengthens Canada’s pipeline safety system ensures that companies will be held liable regardless of fault and required to have the resources to respond to incidents

Growing a Clean Economy

  • A national climate plan to phase out coal, make polluters pay, and invest in public transit and green infrastructure to cut pollution and grow our economy
  • $2.3 billion to support clean technology companies in Canada that bring cutting edge solutions to protecting the environment while creating good jobs
  • Supporting research projects across Canada to help farmers find more sustainable ways to
  • Launched The Energy Star Challenge to encourage Canadian Industrial manufacturing facilities to reduce energy use and related costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Attracting more young Canadians to green jobs with the agriculture and agri-food sector with the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative
  • Adding 1,200 green jobs for young people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the natural resource sectors

I’m also working with the city, local organizations and business, and residents to make Ottawa the greenest capital in the world. This is about improving our quality of life, doing our part to tackle climate change, and growing a clean economy while creating good jobs. Here are a few examples of what we’ve delivered on together:

  • Investing over $1 billion in Ottawa’s LRT, to shorten commutes and better connect you to essential services while reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Providing half of the funds for the Clegg St. footbridge to make it easier and faster to get to work, school, and businesses in a sustainable way
  • Protecting the Ottawa River by launching the Ottawa River Watershed Study to develop a conservation strategy, designating the River as a Heritage River to ensure its long-term health, and investing in critical wastewater infrastructure
  • Installing new access points along the Rideau Canal to make it easier to get on the water and enjoy our local history and nature
  • $55 million for the National Capital Commission for critical infrastructure including repairing NCC pathways and bridges