Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


November 2017 Newsletter

What a month we have had in Ottawa Centre! Between announcements, updates, and special events, there is lots of news to share. This month Ottawa Centre celebrated 30 individuals and organizations with Canada 150 pins for their exceptional work on making Ottawa Centre such an awesome place! I am so proud of my Ottawa Centre Youth Council for successfully making a recycling program at the Glebe Community Centre happen. And, a huge shout-out to OSEG, Glebe BIA, the City, and community for a successful 105th Grey Cup Festival, capped off with an exciting (and snowy) game!

As we move into December and get ready for the holiday season, I want to thank all of you for your dedication and commitment to our community. This newsletter has a lot of great information on local activities and government updates, and if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my team – we are always here to help!

Every month, I spend time knocking on doors, this month it was in the Carlington and Old Ottawa South neighbourhoods. Hearing from residents at the doorstep is a top priority of mine. I want to hear directly from you, the feedback is invaluable. You can read a summary of what I heard here.

Leading up to Remembrance Day I attended a ceremony at Immaculata High School. Thank you to the staff and students who planned the assembly. It is so great to see young people learning about the sacrifices of our Armed Forces.  I was also honoured to have tea with William, a World War II veteran from Ottawa Centre. His story and reflections of his time serving our country were incredibly moving.

Every year, thousands of Canadians gather at the National War Memorial in for the Remembrance Day Ceremony. It was an honour to lay a wreath on behalf of Ottawa Centre. Thank you to everyone who has served for our country, both past and present, your sacrifices allow us to live in freedom in the best country in the world.

The annual Help Santa Toy Parade was also this month. My team and I had so much fun participating! The festive crowd and floats definitely got us in the Christmas spirit. Thank you to everyone who was able to donate a toy to the cause, you are helping provide another child with a happy holiday.

This month I also recognized 30 amazing residents in Ottawa Centre who help to make our community a stronger, more inclusive and welcoming place to call home. If you want to learn more about the ceremony and the special Canada 150 pins click here.

On November 24th I was at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards to announce the Smart Cities Challenge to businesses across Ottawa on behalf of Minister Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. Our city has a strong network of innovative people and organizations, and I am looking forward to seeing the proposals put forward. The Smart Cities Challenge is a great way to kick start our thinking on building greener communities.

November 24th was also the beginning of the Grey Cup Weekend. On Friday evening I headed down to the Family Fun Zone with my family. It was great to see Lansdowne buzzing with so many people. We had a blast playing trivia, meeting some CFL players, and trying activities. Over the weekend my two daughters and I also took part in Gridiron Gals where women of all ages practiced drills with CFL players and learned strategy directly from the coaches.

Nothing kicks off the holiday season in Ottawa Centre like the local bazaars and craft sales!  I visited some great ones this year at the Hintonburg Community Centre, Makerspace North, and First Ave. Public School. I loved all of the unique makers and crafters, and definitely got a head start on my Christmas shopping.

Dovercourt Recreation Centre hosts an annual Principal’s Breakfast every fall. This year’s theme was how to be a welcoming community for new immigrants. I was pleased to join the panel with Cameron MacLeod (Carlington Community Health Centre), Colleen Westeinde (Refugee Sponsorship Support Program), and Antwan Hakka an incredible Syrian refugee who came to Canada two years ago.

After the breakfast at Dovercourt, I joined Mayor Watson, Councillor Leiper, local historian Dave Allston and the Wellington West BIA to unveil the new Gallery 150 mural on the side of Giant Tiger. Congratulations to everyone involved in bringing this piece of history to life, it is a warm addition to the area.

Prime Minister Trudeau, on behalf of the Government of Canada, apologized to members of the LGBTQ2+ community for the persecution and injustices they have suffered. I am proud to represent a riding that has such a supportive and vibrant LGBTQ2+ community with lots of organizations and resources. If you would like to read the Prime Minister’s full speech, you can click here.


Minister Hussen announced our government’s Multi-Year Immigration Level’s Plan. The three year plan will settle 980,000 new comers by 2020 and is the most ambitious and responsible in recent history.

Minister Duclos announced changes to the Employment Insurance program that will make caregiver and parental benefits more flexible. Our government knows every family situation is unique and has different needs. These changes will make benefits more inclusive and flexible and will help improve the work-life balance for Ottawa Centre families.

The Prime Minister and Minister Duclos announced Canada’s first National Housing Strategy, which is a 10-year, $40-billion plan that will help more Canadians find a place to call home. During the election I heard a lot about the need for more affordable housing in Ottawa Centre and it has been a campaign commitment of mine to implement a National Housing Strategy. Read more about the plan here.  

Christmas Lights Across Canada Official Illumination
December 7th

Hockey Day at Lansdowne
December 9th
Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas

December 12th

2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic
December 16th

Orkidstra Holiday Concert
December 19th

December 31st