Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


March 2017 Newsletter

February and March were busy months here in Ottawa Centre with lots of funding announcements, events, and meetings taking place. One thing I love about this riding is there is always something going on. This e-newsletter will be sent to your inbox on the last day of every month to provide a recap of what I’ve been up to as well as what’s happening in the month ahead.

In early April I will be launching a new social media campaign that’s all about celebrating the city we live in and sharing what we can do to make it even better. I’m really excited about the campaign and can’t wait to share it with you.

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Ottawa Art Gallery Funding Announcement On February  17th I joined my colleagues and counterparts to announce $6.5m in funding for the expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court. Arts and culture play such a vital role in making Ottawa one of the best cities in the world. The gallery will triple in size and include several galleries and a new screening room.

Youth Jobs Town Hall On February 28th I held a town hall with youth from across the riding to talk about youth unemployment and underemployment. Read my thoughts about the town hall here.

Cornerstone Funding Announcement On the morning of March 3rd I was happy to announce $3.9m in funding to Cornerstone Community Housing for a new 42 unit affordable housing facility. This funding will help improve the quality of life for the women in our community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and will help  ensure women in need have a safe and affordable place to call home.

Meeting with Ottawa Faith Leaders In the afternoon of March 3rd I met with faith leaders from our community to discuss ideas on how we can enhance community unity and address hatred and discrimination in Ottawa. Conversations like this are an important step in creating positive change. I look forward to continuing to work alongside the faith leaders on this initiative. Diversity is our strength.

Redbull Crashed Ice Awards Ceremony On March 4th I was ecstatic to be able to hand the Women’s 2017 Redbull Crashed Ice World Championship trophy to Canada’s own Jacqueline Legere. She is an incredibly talented athlete and I wish her all the best as she continues to compete in the sport.

International Women’s Day On March 8th I was invited by Mayor Watson to speak at his International Women’s Day breakfast. I brought along Ally Freedman, Ottawa Centre’s delegate for Daughters of the Vote and my mentee under the GoSponsorHer initiative. She is an inspiration to me and young women like her are our future. Read Ally’s experience during Daughters of the Vote here.

St Patrick’s Day Parade On March 11th I rode in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with Minister Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland who is championing sustainable development.  After the parade we went to the Beau’s St. Patrick’s Day party in the Glebe. As a McKenna, I am proud of my Irish roots, my father moved to Canada from Ireland fifty years ago and he taught me to remain proud of our Irish roots. I think it’s important to stay connected to where you come from and celebrate your heritage.

Visiting Local Businesses On March 3rd and March 18th I chatted with local businesses in the Wellington West BIA and Bank Street BIA to see how business is going and hear any concerns they have. I love taking the time to visit stores and support local. Ottawa is home to so many unique stores selling everything from jewelry, to clothing, to food. The passion of these business owners is inspiring and part of what makes our city so awesome.

Coffee with Catherine On March 18th I met with constituents at Kava Café on Bank Street and had some great conversations about issues that matter to them. Keep an eye on social media to see when my next pop-up coffee talk will be.

On March 22nd the 2017 federal budget was announced. There is lots of good news in the budget for Ottawa Centre and its residents. Budget 2017 provides critical investments in many areas that matter to Canadians, including public transit, affordable housing, innovation, and the environment. I look forward to working with my provincial and municipal counterparts on this exciting agenda.

See my highlights here

Irish Film Festival Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2 Arts Court Theatre | 2 Daly Ave. A non-profit film festival dedicated to the promotion of Irish culture through the very best of Irish film.

12th Anniversary Day of Pink Gala April 12, 2017 | 5:30-7:30pm Horticulture Building | 1525 Princess Patricia Way A free event celebrating leaders from across Canada who have gone above and beyond in the fight against bullying and discrimination. Past recipients include Rick Mercer, Jack Layton and Stephen Lewis.

Ottawa Grassroots Festival Thursday, April 20- Sunday, April 23 Southminster Church |15 Aylmer Ave An annual family oriented celebration of folk music, dance, and spoken word

PoutineFest April 27 – 30, 2017 Sparks Street Grab a fork and be part of the Poutine Fest. Three blocks of artery clogging goodness along Sparks Street from Bank St. to Elgin St. There’ll be trucks from across this great land!

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