Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre

Catherine McKenna

Your member of parliament for

Ottawa Centre


September 2017 Newsletter

The House is sitting again and I am excited to be back with my colleagues, working as your Member of Parliament and representing our country as the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

We have started the fall session with a great announcement for Ottawa Centre. Minister Duncan announced the recipients of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Banting postdoctoral Fellows at the beginning of the month. I am Carleton University received $740,000 in federal funding through these programs. This scholarship will help support five doctoral and post-doctoral fellows at our local university.

These five grants at Carleton University will allow students to further their skills and expertise in various faculties.  I am proud to be part of a government that is investing over $34 million for our young Canadians, preparing them for the jobs of tomorrow.

As I settle into the House, I look forward to us working together and continuing to bring meaningful change in the months ahead.

On September 7th, the Community Office visited Saint Paul University to see some of the new renovations and welcome students back to school. It’s wonderful to see investments made in our community universities so we can better prepare the next generation.

On September 9th, I was able to visit our local Indie record store, The Record Centre during Porchfest.. I love to see thriving businesses and employees in our community! The store had some great finds; it was a walk down memory lane looking at the albums.


On September 10th the Ottawa Riverkeeper held their Ride the River family parade and picnic to celebrate Canada 150. It was a fantastic day outside on the water enjoying the beauty of our city.


On September 10th, I was honoured to attend Firefighters’ National Memorial Day. Our Government formally dedicated the second Sunday in September of each year to be “Firefighters’ National Memorial Day” in recognition of the sacrifices made by our fallen firefighters and their families. We will never forget the service these men and women provide for us, each day.


On September 11th, the community office attended the National Capital Comission’s Annual General Meeting. It’s important to our team to attend events like this to hear ideas of how to strengthen  our community.


This month, I was able to continue to speak with community members in Ottawa Centre about concerns and questions surrounding tax fairness. My priority is always to listen to the concerns of my constituents and to bring their voices to the Hill.


On September 20th, Minister Morneau met with some constituents in the National Capital Region (including Ottawa Centre) as well as the local Members of Parliament. I was happy to join the meeting by phone.


On September 21st, staff from the community office attended a consultation on the Atlantis parking lot and future plans for Westboro beach. Thank you to everyone who came and shared their thoughts.


On September 23rd, I held a coffee drop-in for constituents to share their thoughts on the proposed tax changes. Thank you to everyone who came and to Bridgehead for hosting.


On September 25th, I was honoured to speak at Equal Voice Nation Capital Region’s breakfast. Women have a place in politics and we will not let comments and judgement from other people deter us from reaching our dreams.


On September 25th, community office staff attended a community information session about amending zoning by-laws for the new hospital. Thank you to Councillors Leiper and Brockington for hosting.


On September 21st a new chapter in the relationship between Europe and Canada was celebrated with the start of CETA, a new gold-standard in progressive trade agreements. This is an ambitious deal that puts middle class people front and centre.

What does this deal mean?

  •         98% of tariff lines between Canada and the EU will be duty free.
  •         Canadians now have access to a market of more than 500 million consumers.
  •         Consumers will now benefit from more choice and lower prices.

In a world marked by instability and uncertainty, Canada and the EU can be proud of the fact that we are beacons of stability, predictability, and the rule of law. We can be proud of our diverse societies, and our shared commitment to fairness and prosperity for the middle class.


How we can help you

The Ottawa Centre community office exists to support and help the residents of Ottawa Centre. Our team can help provide information on federal government issues or connect you to other levels of government and community resources.

A particular topic that has been brought to our attention when out speaking with residents is employment, specifically youth employment. We have heard that many young people can be overwhelmed when looking for work. Hearing this, our team with the help of our Ottawa Centre Youth Jobs Advisory Council, compiled a list of helpful resources to help young people with their job search.

You can find the job inventory by selecting the Employment Resources on our website.


Call for Nominations: Ottawa Centre outstanding residents

This year Canada is celebrating 150 years since confederation. As we honour this milestone, it is an opportunity to celebrate our values and achievements as Canadians at home and on the international stage.

For this special occasion, a limited number of commemorative pins containing the copper roof from West Block of Parliament Hill from 1918-1996 will be given to Canadians who are carrying out the Canada 150 themes of diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, youth  and the environment,  in their respective communities.

Do you know of a young person, youth employer, or community builder who is making Ottawa Centre a more inclusive, welcoming and stronger home for all who work and play here? Nominate them today!

Nominations are due October 31, 2017.


Ottawa International Writers Festival
October 19-24, 2017

Light the Night Walk
Saturday, October 21, 2017

CPAWS Soiree:  An evening with Robert Bateman and Ian Tamblyn
October 23, 2017

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