Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


June 2017 Newsletter

Happy (almost) Canada Day!

One of my favourite things about Ottawa is our easy access to so many city parks. We are lucky to live in an area that has green space within a few minutes of our front doors.

That’s why, as a way to celebrate Canada150 here in Ottawa Centre, I am inviting residents to join me for an afternoon community picnic in the park.

The picnic will take place on Saturday, July 22nd from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Fisher Park in the Wellington West neighbourhood.

There will be activities and entertainment for the entire family and all ages are welcome. There will also be information booths, and light snacks.

Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and stick around for the afternoon.

This event will proceed, rain or shine, unless there is lightning. Please keep an eye on my website for the most up to date information.

If you have any questions about the picnic, please contact my community office.

I hope to see you all there!

Catherine McKenna


June 3rd was National Health and Fitness Day on the Hill hosted by Greco Fitness and Mia St-Aubin. I had such a great time leading the workout warmup with Sen. Nancy Greene Raine and the boot camp instructors. These FREE 45 minute boot camps will continue to happen every Thursday at 12:15pm between now at September 14.


On June 3rd I was also happy to announce the installation of a new paddle access point along the Rideau Canal at Waverley Street. I celebrated the installation with a community paddle up the canal. Thank you to everyone who joined, it was great to get active on the water.


Following World Environment Day on June 5th, Ottawa had its own Environment Week. On June 8th I stopped by Sparks Street to meet with local organizations that are helping to make Ottawa a more eco-friendly city. It’s inspiring to see the hard work happening here, their work is important not only for our children but for our economy.


For the past few months, my community office had two co-op students working hard to serve the residents of Ottawa Centre. On June 16th, we said good-bye as they finished their semesters. I wish Julien and Youngshin the best of luck in their future endeavors; they will be missed in the office.


On the morning of June 16th I was also honoured to stand with all three levels of government as Prime Minister Trudeau announced up to $1.09 billion in funding for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project. This funding will help to shorten commutes, decrease air pollution, and allow Ottawa residents to spend more time with their families..


On June 23rd I visited the Bayview Innovation Centre for an announcement and celebration of 8 founding partners.  Last year, the federal government announced $8 million for new programming and technology for the hub.  The work that will be done with the help of this funding will grow our regional economy, and increase Ottawa’s share of key global markets.


On June 23rd I was also pleased to join MPP Naqvi as he announced on behalf of the Ontario government, the final $5 million funding for the footbridge connecting Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue. Building this bridge was a campaign commitment of mine and I am happy this is a promise kept. Construction is set to begin this fall.


In the afternoon of June 23rd I shared a heartwarming moment with my community office staff as I welcomed a family who has been reunited in Ottawa Centre. This is one of the best parts of my job. Welcome to Canada!


On June 24th I had a great time at the Highland Park Lawn Bowling Club strawberry social with Councilor Leiper. The club has been around for over 100 years and is a great way for people to socialize outdoors while exercising. Thank you to members of the club for showing me how to bowl, though I think my aim needs a bit more work.


After bowling, I headed over to Craftfest to visit with local and Canadian vendors. It’s so important to support local small businesses; they help to drive our economy. I loved seeing what was for sale and even picked up a birthday gift for my daughter!


On June 25th I joined the Muslim community at the Eid Festival. Thank you to the Muslim Association of Canada for the hospitality. It’s important to take the time to learn about different cultures. Diversity is our strength.


On June 26th I had the pleasure of recognizing and celebrating the 133 organizations in Ottawa Centre who received funding under the Canada Summer Jobs program. Together, they received $1.4 million and created 380 jobs for students. It was a campaign commitment of mine to get more good jobs for young people and I’m happy this is a #PromiseKept.


On June 1st Telus hosted a Day of Giving where Members of Parliament filled backpacks for a school their riding. I can’t wait for the supplies to arrive in the fall for the students in Ottawa Centre. Thanks Telus!


On June 14th while away at the G7 in Italy, I had the opportunity to meet the Pope. It was an incredibly moving experience. His leadership on climate change is inspiring. We agreed to work together to help save our planet.

Important News and Updates

Redeveloping 100 Wellington:

On National Aboriginal Day (soon to be National Indigenous Peoples Day) June 21st, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a new plan for 100 Wellington.

I made a promise that the Government of Canada would put forth a plan before the end of 2017 to transform 100 Wellington, the former US Embassy building located across the street from Parliament Hill, into a functioning space.

Since then, I have been hard at work to make this promise come true and I am happy to say this is officially a #PromiseKept. After discussions with the public, a new purpose was announced today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The building will become a new space for Indigenous Peoples. The Government of Canada will work in full partnership with representatives of First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation on next steps in the design and redevelopment of 100 Wellington.


Governor in Council Appointment Opportunities

The Government of Canada is seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in a position on a council.

There are several opportunities available. If you or anyone you know is interested, I encourage you to apply.

More details here.


Safety railing coming to stretch of Rideau Canal

The National Capital Commission board of directors has approved spending $1.3 million to install 2.2 kilometres of railing along the Rideau Canal, from Dow’s Lake to Hog’s Back Falls.

For more information on the development, click here.

Glebe Art in Our Gardens and Studio Tour July 8-9, 2017

Music and Beyond July 4-17, 2017

HOPE Volleyball Summerfest July 15

Capital Ukrainian Festival July 21-23, 2017

Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival July 22-August 4, 2017

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