Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


January 2018 Newsletter

The House is sitting for the first time in 2018. I’m feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the year. This edition of the newsletter is full of government and riding updates that you will find useful. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with my team in the community office.

Canada Summer Jobs Applications
     Every year, the Canada Summer Jobs program helps employers create valuable summer job opportunities for full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30, while strengthening our local economy and our community.

The CSJ program allows not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses to subsidize the wages of summer employees.

Employers are invited to submit applications that complement this year’s national priorities.

I encourage you to take advantage of this program and apply for funding by February 2, 2018.

For more information, including the eligibility criteria and application guide, visit, a Service Canada Office or call 1-800-935-5555.

Calling All Ottawa Centre Youth – Step Up to the Challenge 
Are you aged 15-24 and passionate about creating real change? Do you care about what happens in Ottawa Centre? If you answered yes, I want you on my Constituency Youth Council!

Members of the council meet regularly to discuss issues in Ottawa Centre that matter to them and work to find solutions. Last year’s council noticed the Glebe Community Centre did not have a composting strategy and decided that was something they wanted to change. Together, with the help of Councillor Chernushenko and the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, they successfully implemented a composting program at the centre this past fall. The Council’s compost project is a great, practical example of caring for the environment, reducing our waste and taking sustainable action on climate change. I am so proud to see young people mobilize the community to make a positive impact; everything helps in making Ottawa the greenest capital.

If you are interested in joining the Council, applications will be accepted until February 28th, 2018.

I look forward to meeting the new members of the Ottawa Centre Youth Council and am excited to work together to make Ottawa Centre a more positive and inclusive community.

Notice: Changes to How You File Your Taxes
This month, Minister Lebouthillier announced two major service changes at the Canada Revenue Agency to improve the tax-filing experience for Canadians.

  1. The Canada Revenue Agency will be automatically mailing paper tax forms and guides to anyone who filed their taxes by paper the previous year.
  2. There is now a “File My Return” automated phone service for individuals on low or fixed incomes. Eligible individuals will be able to file their taxes simply by answering a series of questions over the phone. This is a free and secure service to use.

If you have any questions about these new services, please contact the community office.

Investing in Seniors 
I am proud to share that over $200,000 has been given to 10 organizations in Ottawa Centre through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. This program supports projects led or inspired by seniors to enhance social inclusion and well-being of seniors, enabling them to maintain social ties and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others.

This month I had the honour of kicking off Winterlude activities on behalf of Minister Joly. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the festival and many activities happen right here in Ottawa Centre. Click the link for a schedule of events and make sure you share your Winterlude with me on social media!

January is Sir John A MacDonald’s birthday and the Ottawa Scottish Society celebrated by hosting their 4th annual Kilt Skate at Lansdowne Park. It was great to celebrate the strong Canadian/Scottish relationship by going for a skate and enjoying some hot chocolate. Thank you to the Society and all the volunteers for a wonderful event.

I was proud to join thousands of women, men, and children at the Ottawa Women’s March. Everyone deserves to live and work in an environment free from all forms of harassment, but unfortunately that is not a reality. Marches like this allow us to continue to advocate for equality and safety for all.

I want to thank everyone who came and celebrated the New Year with me and Yasir Naqvi last weekend at our New Year’s Levee. It was such a great afternoon connecting and catching up with all of you. It is an honour to represent such a dedicated and passionate community. You keep me inspired in my job. If you left your name with one of my team members for a meeting, someone from my office will be in touch with you in the coming days with more details.

February 2-19

February 10
Ice Dragon Boat Festival

February 11
Princess and Superhero Dance Party

February 14
Ski Day on the Hill

February 17
Accora Village Bed Race

February 19
Family Day on the Farm