Jim Watson reelected as Mayor of Ottawa for third consecutive term

“Thank you for giving me once again a strong mandate as Mayor of Ottawa. I am honoured to be given the opportunity and the privilege to lead our great city for four more years.

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Jim Watson announces his plan for an affordable and inclusive Ottawa

Today, Jim Watson announced his plan to keep our city affordable and inclusive for all residents. Mayor Watson’s key priorities include increasing affordable housing along LRT corridors, enacting Inclusionary Zoning regulations, appointing aCouncil Liaison on Women’s Issues, and providing seniors with no-charge transit services on Sundays, in addition to Wednesdays.

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Jim Watson announces plan for taxes that would boost investments in roads and infrastructure by $80 million over the next four years

OTTAWA – Jim Watson announced today that, if he is re-elected, he would set a tax goal of between 2 and 3 percent annually throughout the next term of Council. Mayor Watson highlighted the need to improve our roads and infrastructure, operational uncertainties, and the need for flexibility as the basis for this proposed tax goal.

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The Building and Construction Trades Council endorses Jim Watson

The Building and Construction Trades Council endorses Jim Watson as candidate for Mayor of Ottawa. 

Click here to read the endorsement letter.

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Jim Watson announces his plan to continue greening the capital

OTTAWA – While highlighting investments that have been made to improve our environment, like the Ottawa River Action Plan, Jim Watson revealed today his commitments to continue greening the capital over the next four years. If re-elected, Mayor Watson would introduce innovative environmental solutions to help Ottawa reach its greenhouse gas emissions targets while saving money through energy efficiency measures.

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Jim Watson announces his plan for Safer Roads and Safer Communities

Today, Jim Watson announced how he would strengthen community and road safety over the next four years.

“Earlier this month, as children returned to school, the Ottawa Police undertook an enforcement blitz in school zones that clearly showed that we still have a lot of work to do to make our residential streets safer for our residents, families and their children. Although we’ve made progress, we have to take an even more aggressive approach to make community safety a daily priority for each and every resident of Ottawa,” said Jim Watson.

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Jim Watson announces his plan to create jobs and continue growing Ottawa’s economy

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.

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A City for All Survey Responses

Jim Watson's responses to City for All Women's Initiative's Ottawa Municipal Elections Candidate Survey. 

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Ecology Ottawa Survey Response

Dear Ecology Ottawa,

Thank you for providing me with your questions about the environment.

I do not believe that the yes/no questionnaire provides candidates or the general public the opportunity to engage in a meaningful dialogue on something as complex as environmental sustainability policies.

The City’s best environmental initiatives have been the result of city-wide efforts to engage residents and have been involved complex negotiations between all levels of government.

I am pleased to note that Ecology Ottawa recognizes that much has been accomplished in Ottawa over the course of the last eight years.

In this spirit, I am pleased to provide you with a high level overview of the key environmental accomplishments of the last two mandates.

I am committed to continue to working with all residents, community organizations, Council, the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada to support policies and initiatives that benefit Ottawa residents and foster environmental sustainability, in a fiscally responsible way.

Further, I will be releasing key elements of my platform in early September and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on how to maintain our environmental leadership into the next term of Council.

Jim Watson, Mayor
City of Ottawa

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Three Months In, Three Months To Go! - Campaign summer update

With only 75 days to go until Ottawa votes on October 22nd, my campaign to be re-elected as Mayor of Ottawa is in full swing. I am pleased to provide an update from the campaign trail and highlight #TeamWatson’s incredible accomplishments.

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