Jim Watson officially kicks off his re-election campaign

OTTAWA – Today, Jim Watson held his first rally, officially kicking off his campaign for re-election as Mayor of Ottawa. With almost 300 supporters in attendance, it was one of the largest rallies in Watson’s career. In his remarks, Watson committed to a running a positive campaign that will focus on continuing...

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A message from Jim Watson

Promises made. Promises Kept.


Light Rail Transit became a reality under Jim’s leadership. The first phase, the Confederation Line, will open in November 2018, and construction for Stage 2 LRT begins in 2019.

Stage 2 LRT will go farther west to Moodie Drive, farther East to Trim Road, and farther south to Bowesville.

Taxes and Affordability

Jim brought fiscal discipline to City Hall by keeping his commitment to cap tax increases to 2.5% or less in his 2010-2014 mandate and to 2% or less in his current mandate.

The City has also maintained its excellent Moodie Aaa credit rating. 


Jim brought forward the most comprehensive integrity package in the province.

City Hall has never been more transparent: lobbyist and gift registries, appointment of an integrity commissioner and posting of office expenses online.

About Jim

Jim has dedicated most of his career to public service in Canada's capital. Learn more about why Jim is seeking re-election.

Read Jim's Story


Great campaigns are successful with help from great volunteers. Re-electing Jim on October 22 will depend on people like you coming together to protect the progress the city has made over the last two mandates.

Learn how you can help


A winning campaign needs significant resources to get messages across and engage with residents. We hope we can count on your support as Jim works to build an even better Ottawa.

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