Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


October 2017 Newsletter

Happy Halloween … Watch out for all the goblins and ghouls running around – travel safe!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since the voters of Ottawa Centre elected me to represent our community in the House of Commons. I couldn’t have done it without the hard work of so many people and I am thankful to have this opportunity. Every day I feel lucky to have the job that I do and be able to make a difference in our community. In two years we have accomplished a lot and I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the milestones I am really proud of.

When I ran in 2015, I promised the Clegg Street Footbridge would proceed with the help of the federal government, and today I am so happy construction is under-way. Our government committed $10.5 million to help create this project, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to move safely, efficiently and comfortably around our vibrant down-town core. This project is good for our economic growth and our environmental impact.

Our Government has also committed over $1 billion for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project, meaning shorter wait times for commuters and the largest reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa’s History.

We’ve created three new canal paddle access points at Clegg Avenue, Paterson Creek and Waverley Street. We have secured Heritage Designation for the Ottawa River. The old U.S. Embassy at 100 Wellington Street, which sits on the ancestral land of Algonquin people, will be turned into a space for Indigenous Peoples. These projects will further the history and heritage of our city.

I know these projects are very important to the riding and I’m happy to be a part of bringing them to life.

My community office is committed to continue working hard for all of you, listening and helping with your concerns.  Since November 2015, my team has been able to assist on over 280 immigration cases. This work has brought more diversity and experience into our city, and reunited and connected loved ones.

Through our constituency Youth and Youth Jobs Councils, we have made bold steps to addressing youth empowerment and youth unemployment. This year, 133 organizations received almost $1.4 million to employ 380 students through the Canada Summer Jobs Program, showing our government’s commitment to the next generation.

And the next generation is important. That is why my dream is to make Ottawa the greenest capital in the world. This means more canal access points, greener infrastructure like the footbridge and increased transportation investments like the LRT. If we continue down this path, we are not only doing the right thing for our kids and grandkids, we are also creating incredible opportunities for our city to grow. I want us to think bigger and aim higher to reimagine how we live, work and play in our nation’s Capital.

When I ran in Ottawa Centre two years ago, I did so to make a difference and bring a voice to our community. I did so to help us thrive, expand and reimagine what is possible. Together, we still have much to do, but because of the dedicated residents in Ottawa Centre, we’re off to a pretty great start. I look forward to two more years of change and innovation for our community.

Thank you Ottawa Centre. 

On October 6th, I was thrilled to join all three levels of government to officially break ground on the Clegg Street and Fifth Avenue footbridge. Being able to cycle or walk safely, efficiently, and comfortably around the downtown core is fundamental to economic growth and builds a more inclusive community. I’m very pleased with our $10.5 million contribution to this project and am excited to see the finished project.

After the announcement on October 6th, I visited local businesses in the Preston Street BIA. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and checking-in with the ones in our community is very important to me.

On October 9th the Ottawa Mission held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner. It was a pleasure to help serve 2,700 turkeys to those in need. Thank you to Chef Rick, Peter, and all of the volunteers who pitched in!

On October 18th I was happy to celebrate over $4.7 million granted to researchers at Carleton University. This investment will help put the right tools in the hands of local scientists so they can make discoveries and train their students for the jobs of tomorrow.

October 20th, I went for a bike ride around Lebreton Flats with Councillor McKenney. We discussed transit, cycling, housing, and visited some awesome local businesses. I look forward to continuing to work together on these important initiatives.

On October 21st, I hosted a coffee pop-up at Bar Robo to hear from small business owners and residents. I am always thrilled to see how many people of Ottawa Centre come out to these events – it’s so great to hear all of the ideas, feedback, and questions. I took a moment to summarize the meeting on my website.

Small businesses in Ottawa Centre are anything but small. They are important to our growth, sustainability, and success.  I was pleased to visit small business owners in Ottawa Centre’s Chinatown area after the coffee pop-up to tell them about our Government’s new small business tax cuts from 10.5% to 9%.

Earlier this month, some changes to the Citizenship Act as a result of Bill C-6 became law. You can read about the changes here.

On October 24th, Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Fall Economic Statement. The Statement shows that Canada’s economy is outperforming expectations.

Because of this strong economic growth, our Government is reinvesting in families and communities and is taking important next steps to ensure the middle class and those working hard to join it can share in the success we achieve as a country.

Here are some of the highlights:

The Economy and Jobs

  • The Canadian economy is growing faster than it has in a decade, with average growth of over 3.7 per cent over the last four quarters.
  • Canada now has the fastest growth in the G7, giving the Government more flexibility to re-invest the benefits of that growth in the middle class and those working hard to join it.
  • Over 450,000 jobs have been created in the last two years, and the unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest level since 2008.
  • Youth unemployment is at an historic low.

Canada Child Benefit

  • Over 3.3 million families received Canada Child Benefit payments of $6,800 on average in 2016-17.
  • We are taking further action to strengthen the Canada Child Benefit to make sure it keeps pace with the rising cost of living, by making annual cost of living increases starting in July 2018—two years ahead of schedule.
  • Our new measures will provide an additional $5.6 billion in support to Canadian families over the 2018-19 to 2022-23 period.

Working Income Tax Benefit

  • We are enhancing the Working Income Tax Benefit by an additional $500 million per year starting in 2019.
  • 4 million Canadians benefitted from the Working Income Tax Benefit in 2015.
  • Our enhancement will allow workers—including families without children and the growing number of single Canadians—to keep more money from every paycheque.
  • This enhancement is in addition to the $250 million annual increase that will come into effect as part of the enhancement of the Canada Pension Plan.
  • These two enhancements will boost the total amount the Government spends on the Working Income Tax Benefit by about 65% in 2019, increasing benefits and expanding the number of Canadians who qualify.

November 3rd
Ottawa Welcomes the World: Zambia

November 4th
Ottawa Storytellers Children’s Festival

November 5th
Free screening of the movie Embrace

November 18th
Help Santa Toy Parade

November 20th
Ottawa Welcomes the World: Lebanon

November 21st – 26th
Grey Cup Festival

November 27th
CP Holiday Train