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For Immediate Release

May 29, 2019


Ottawa East Deserves a Federal Employment Campus 


OTTAWA -- Shawn Hamilton, Managing Director of CBRE, called on the federal government today to shift a portion of its office space into Orléans, closer to where a significant portion of its workforce lives.  Hamilton was addressing a group of business leaders at the annual CBRE Real Estate Market Outlook event in Ottawa. 


Every workday, the Orléans community exports most of its workforce. During peak hours, in the morning, Orléans sees a surging outflux of their residents -- an estimated 80 per cent exiting versus 20 per cent entering Orléans -- to travel to work. The opposite holds true in the evening hours.


“Ottawa’s east end is home to a significant number of federal government employees who are required to commute to their jobs in other areas of the city,” said Laura Dudas, City Councillor for Innes Ward and Deputy Mayor, City of Ottawa.  “The City of Ottawa’s substantial investment in extending light rail transit (LRT)to Trim Road must be used as the catalyst for bringing federal jobs east, reducing commute times, easing traffic congestion, and providing environmentally sustainable transportation options. Now is the time for the Federal Government to take note of this opportunity and establish a workspace in the east.”


The statements were applauded by the Capital 2020 Task Force, a group of volunteer business leaders on both sides of the Ottawa river, who are promoting strong economic development in the National Capital Region, and a federal employment campus in Orléans. 

“We need to capitalize on our bilingual, highly-educated workforce in Orléans,” said Doug Feltmate, Sub-committee Chair of Orléans Employment on the Capital 2020 Task Force. “With Ottawa surpassing one million people on June 1st this year, it’s time for the federal government to do the right thing and support an employment hub in Orléans.”


The Capital 2020 Task Force has prioritized the issue, citing the fact that every area in the National Capital Region has sustained growth in population, employment and diversity -- except for the east end communities of Ottawa.


The Capital 2020 Task Force, local business owners and private sector employees, have raised serious concerns that the new light rail transit scheduled for completion in 2025, will be empty coming in to Orléans except at rush hour in the early evening. 


“Orléans is ready to be the home of a Government of Canada collaborative workspace,” agreed Mathew Luloff, City Councillor for Orléans and Deputy Mayor of Ottawa. “Thousands of our residents spend precious hours away from their families sitting on the highway in traffic, forced to cross the Greenbelt twice a day. Together, we can change that. With five LRT stops coming, a new Community Improvement Plan in the works and significant attention being paid to economic development, the table is set for public servants to have a productive, inclusive and collaborative work environment close to home.”



Please contact: Kathy Hendrick, 416-277-6281, khendrick@gbassociatees.ca, Capital2020.ca

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For Immediate Release

April 25, 2019


Balance Out Federal Employment in Orléans -- 

Collège La Cité Ensures Training for Workforce


Lise Bourgeois, president and CEO of Collège La Cité, today called on the federal government to establish a thriving employment sector in Orléans, the only community in the National Capital Region without a federal employment campus. Ms. Bourgeois was the keynote speaker at the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal Local Breakfast Series event held in Orléans. 

The move was applauded by the Capital 2020 Task Force, a group of volunteer business leaders on both sides of the Ottawa river, who are pushing for strong economic development in the National Capital Region, and a federal employment campus in Orléans. 

“Our college supports the development of an Orléans federal employment campus and will ensure our training and education opportunities build the bilingual workforce who will design, build, maintain, support and work in these modern offices of the future,” said Ms. Bourgeois. “A federal employment campus is a significant catalyst for complementary development, job creation, economic growth, and the ability for Eastern Ottawa residents to live and work in their own community.”

The Capital 2020 Task Force has prioritized the issue, citing the fact that every area in the National Capital Region has sustained growth in population, employment and diversity -- except for the East end community of Orléans.

Every work day, the Orléans community exports most of its workforce. During peak hours, Orléans sees a surging outflux of their residents -- an estimated 80 per cent exiting versus 20 per cent entering Orléans -- to travel to work.

The Capital 2020 Task Force, local business owners and private sector employees, have raised serious concerns that the new light rail transit scheduled for completion in 2022, will be empty coming in to Orléans except at rush hour in the early evening. 

“I fully support the establishment of a federal employment campus in Orléans,” agreed Mathew Luloff, Councilor, Ward 1 Orléans.  “Thousands of our residents spend precious hours away from their families, sitting on the highway in traffic as they are forced to cross the Greenbelt twice a day. We need to take advantage of our bilingual, highly-educated workforce here in Orléans. With Ottawa surpassing one million people on June 1st this year, and the LRT coming to Trim in 2025, it’s time for the federal government to do the right thing and support an employment hub in Orléans. This will ensure the long-term viability of the LRT, increase the work-life balance of our workforce and reduce GHG emissions by removing thousands of cars from our highways.”

Doug Feltmate, Sub-committee Chair of Orléans Employment on the Capital 2020 Task Force said the federal government is planning for new office space in the East end of Ottawa but only as far as Tremblay Road. “It makes no sense to build in an industrial area when there is the highest concentration of educated, bilingual workers in Canada living three LRT stops further.”

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For Immediate Release 

April 12, 2019 


Capital 2020 Calls for Action on Ottawa-Gatineau LRT 


OTTAWA – The Capital 2020 Task Force members today reacted to the decision by the Federal Government to rescind the Canadian Transportation Agency’s ruling, ordering the City to repair the Prince of Wales Bridge. 


“Without this decision and, in the absence of the City repairing the bridge within 12 months, the CTA ruling would have obliged it to discontinue the rail line and bridge, putting at risk its future use as an LRT link between Ottawa and Gatineau,” stated Ali Torabi, Chair of the Task Force’s LRT Subcommittee, Architect and Director at Ed Brunet and Associates. 


Maintaining the future viability of utilizing the Prince of Wales Bridge is critical. While the Task Force would have preferred to see the Ottawa-Gatineau LRT project included in the approved plan for Stage 2 LRT, the volunteer body of local business and community leaders is calling for the planning and construction of this important initiative to be undertaken urgently as a stand-alone project. 


The funding announcements in Federal Budget 2019 for the rehabilitation of the Chaudiére and MacDonald-Cartier bridges, the replacement of the Alexandria bridge and the commitment to address the need for an additional interprovincial crossing is a recognition that the current infrastructure is inadequate to carry close to 150,000 vehicles and 9,000 pedestrians and cyclists each day and clearly action must be taken. 


“The fact is that an LRT link between Gatineau and Ottawa is a very different project than those that make up the three stages of the Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit,” stated Capital 2020 Task Force Chair Doug McLarty, Partner at MNP, LLP. “This is a project that involves 2 cities, 2 provincial governments, as well as the federal government and therefore the funding, planning and construction of this important and environmentally sustainable transportation link needs to commence independently and on a priority basis,” added McLarty. 


The Capital 2020 Task Force is focused on successful ‘city-building’ and aims to be a leader and catalyst that promotes a favorable business climate, improves the quality of life, and supports the orderly growth, development and revitalization of the National Capital Region, including on both sides of the Ottawa River.  

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Capital 2020 Task Force Editorial in the Ottawa Citizen 

Keep LeBreton Flats a Large Scale Development 

March 12, 2019


https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/hamilton-on-lebreton-flats-we-can-still-think-big


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Immediate Release 

February 27, 2019 

 

Business Leaders Urge NCC to Keep the LeBreton Flats Vision Alive with Willing Partners 


OTTAWA -- The National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Ottawa should continue working with the willing parties of the RendezVous LeBreton Group to see their exceptional vision realized at LeBreton Flats, proposed the Capital 2020 Task Force, a volunteer body of local business and community leaders focused on successful ‘city-building’ in the National Capital Region, on both sides of the Ottawa River.  

On behalf of the Capital 2020 Task Force, the following is a joint statement by Doug McLarty, Chair of the Capital 2020 Task Force, and Partner MNP, Ottawa; and by Shawn Hamilton, Capital 2020 Sub-committee Chair of the LeBreton Flats Development, and CBRE, Senior Vice-President: 


“We believe the RendezVous LeBreton Group has done everything and anything they can to see this partnership and the mediation work.  

After five years of planning and preparation with the NCC and the City, it is our hope that the NCC and the City will continue to focus on the wonderful vision proposed by the RendezVous LeBreton Group. 


We all know how determined the consortium of over 35 partners, in particular Trinity Development Group and GBA Project Management and Development, has worked to create a vision for the exceptional site and the potential experiences LeBreton Flats could offer. The commitment to this vision has never faltered by these partners. 

 

At the end of the day, the good faith we hoped had been there appears to have fallen short.  We urge the NCC to keep the big dream alive in building up the Nation’s Capital, with a major event centre when the time is right. As a City we have to recognize the value of this land in the revitalization of the Nation’s Capital.  


The facts remain unchanged: Ottawa is in a growth phase with the new LRT set to open, and where we are finally at a point where our scale can support a development of the size of LeBreton Flats.” 


The Capital 2020 Task Force aims to be (1) a leader and catalyst for plans, strategies, programs and services that promote a favorable business climate, and (2) improve the quality of life, and support the orderly growth, development and revitalization of the Nation's Capital - most importantly, in both Ottawa and Gatineau.  www.capital2020.c

Federal Employment in Orleans

  

Orléans Calls for Fair Distribution of Federal Government Jobs


ORLÉANS –The Capital 2020 Task Force wants to see a federal government campus located in the eastern Ottawa suburb of Orléans. Over the last decade, every part of the National Capital Region has sustained growth in population, employment and diversity except for the east end community of Orléans.


“While Orléans has the highest concentration of bilingual and educated citizens in Ottawa, there are less than 50 federal jobs here compared to 13,100 in Kanata,” said Doug Feltmate, sub-committee chair of the Capital 2020 Task Forcee, and member of the Heart of Orléans Business Improvement Area.  “Orleans is virtually absent on the map of federal employment campuses in Ottawa and Gatineau.”


There are 134,000 federal government jobs in Ottawa and Gatineau, the largest employer in the region, all located in central and west Ottawa.  In Kanata and Bayshore alone, the western communities comparable to Orléans, there are approximately 13,110 federal jobs.


The Capital 2020 Task Force, local business owners and private sector employees, are concerned that the new light rail transit scheduled for completion in 2022 will be empty coming in to Orléans except at rush hour in the early evening. Currently, Orléans exports most of its workforce. During peak hours, Orléans sees a surging outflux of their residents, an estimated 80 per cent exiting versus 20 per cent entering Orléans, to travel to work.


“As a long time, community builder, I have seen Orléans excluded from every federal government growth plan in the City’s history,” added Doug Feltmate, “The time has come for the Government of Canada to act now and resolve the disparity of economic development in its Capital city.”


“A federal employment node is viewed by the Task Force as a significant catalyst for complementary development, job creation, economic growth, and the ability for Orléans residents to work and live in their own community,” he added. “There is good feasibility for retail, office and residential development with potential growth of the La Cite campus, a hotel and conference centre, designated park land, and Petrie’s Landing – if the federal government ends the seeming bias against Orléans as a campus location.”


“Over the last several years, Orléans has been overlooked as a federal employment node which brings complementary development in the area to support the public service,” said Pascale Bazinet, Manager, Desjardins Caisse Populaire Trillium. “The community of Orléans, however, has one of the highest numbers of federal employees as residents. The Balance Orléans Task Force wants to work on changing this discrimination so that federal employees from Orleans can work, live and play closer to their own community.”