OTTAWA – At his campaign rally at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, Mayor Jim Watson reiterated today the progress made over the last eight years to grow and diversify Ottawa’s economy and support job creation in all parts of the city.
Jim Watson pointed to a number of economic development initiatives that the City has led since 2010 to strengthen our economy: the creation of Invest Ottawa, the opening of the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, Ottawa 2017, the House of Sport at the RA Centre, and other key investments in tourism.
ʺThese city-building initiatives have not only helped us change the image of our city, stimulate our local economy and create jobs in Ottawa; they have encouraged business community members to invest confidently in our city,’’ said Jim Watson.
Just this past year, Ottawa has seen the private sector bring forward proposals that will create thousands of jobs and diversify our economy, including in suburban and rural areas of the city: Amazon in the east end, the expansion of the Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino in the south, and the projected opening of a film studio complex in Nepean. These projects create economic opportunities for residents from all walks of life, who should all have the benefit of contributing to growing our local economy.
Jim Watson has an ambitious plan to maintain this economic momentum and continue supporting the creation of well-paying jobs in many sectors right across the city.
If he is re-elected, Jim Watson will:
- Maintain the momentum of Ottawa 2017 by attracting major events and major sporting championships to Ottawa
- Increase cycling tourism opportunities in Ottawa’s rural villages
- Help reduce security costs for festivals, fairs and special events by advocating for public safety professionals other than paid-duty police officers to oversee security measures
- Create an attractions passport to encourage staycations and encourage families of exchange students to visit Ottawa
- Encourage more patios in our neighbourhoods by reducing patio fees by 50%, which would save the average restaurant paying patio fees approximately $3,200 per year
- Increase the City’s support to Invest Ottawa
- Help deliver a film studio complex, creating more than 500 new jobs
- Increase the City’s contribution to the Ottawa Film Office to ensure we can attract major productions to film in Ottawa
ʺI believe these measures will help us maintain the economic growth we have generated over the last eight years,’’ said Jim Watson. ʺI look forward to working with all our economic development partners – Ottawa Tourism, Invest Ottawa, the Ottawa Film Office, local colleges and universities, and our BIAs – to deliver on this ambitious plan to grow our economy and create jobs in Ottawa.’’