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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mayor Watson's April, 2017 Newsletter



Minister Catherine McKenna to be guest speaker
at Mayor's Breakfast Series


Each month I host the Mayor's Breakfast Series which is produced by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce & the Ottawa Business Journal. Please join me:

Thursday, April 27, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Ottawa City Hall

With Guest Speaker:
The honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., Minister of Environment and Climate Change. 

Registration required. Click here to purchase tickets.



New affordable EquiPass now available
for low-income residents


This past October, I was joined by the Chair of the Transit Commission, Councillor Steven Blais, to announce the inclusion of a low-income transit pass in the 2017 City of Ottawa Budget.

Just a short month later, City Council approved our plan for the low-income transit pass in the 2017 Budget. This was the largest one-time increase in financial support for transit customers in the City’s history. The pass is valid for travel on all OC Transpo services, including Para Transpo and the O-Train Trillium Line, as well as STO services.

The new affordable transit pass, called the EquiPass, is now available to City of Ottawa residents whose household income falls below the low-income cut-off threshold, as set out annually by the Government of Canada. Once approved, eligible customers will be able to purchase the discounted pass for use as of April 1, 2017. It is priced at $57 per month, providing a 50 per cent discount on a monthly adult transit pass. A single adult using the EquiPass will save $56.75 each month, or $681 each year, whereas a family of two will save $112 each month, for an annual savings of $1,344.

The new EquiPass will make life in Ottawa more affordable and inclusive for residents seeking employment, many single parents, newcomers to Canada settling in Ottawa, and residents living on low-income wages. The money they will save on transit will leave more funds available for other basic necessities, and allow them to participate more fully in our city’s job market and socio-economic life.

The launch of the EquiPass application would not have been possible without the support and dedicated efforts of numerous community partner organizations, like OC Transpo and Community and Social Services, who are also available to provide assistance to those who need help filling the application form out.

Eligible residents can get the EquiPass in three easy steps:

Apply
Residents must obtain, fill out and submit their application forms. These are available online at octranspo.com, by mail (call 613-741-4390 (TTY 613-741-5280) to request a copy) or in person at various locations across Ottawa including: OC Transpo Customer Service Centres, City of Ottawa Client Service Centres, City of Ottawa Public Libraries, City of Ottawa Community and Social Support Centres and Community Health and Resource Centres.

Applicants will receive a letter advising them of the status of their application within three weeks.

Set your discount
Customers can bring their approval letter to any OC Transpo Customer Service Centre. A Customer Service Representative will set the EquiPass discount on a registered Presto card. Those who don’t already have a Presto card can purchase one for $6.

Buy
Approved customers can purchase their monthly EquiPass online at prestocard.ca, by phone at 1-877-378-6123 (TTY 7-1-1), in person at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre, or at select City of Ottawa Client Service Centres.

With the implementation of the EquiPass, we give a chance to those who are living with a low income to full integrate themselves into the fabric of the City, and we create an even more affordable City for all Ottawa residents.



Ottawa Welcomes the World
Embassy of the Republic of Poland / May 3
FREE family-friendly celebration at Lansdowne Park

The Polish Day in Ottawa will emphasize friendly relations between Poland and Canada throughout history. It will also highlight the contribution of Poles and Polish-Canadians who have helped build Canada since 19th century. You are invited to taste delicious Polish cuisine, dance mazurka or polonaise, listen to jazz concert, take a selfie with background of beautiful Polish landscape, send greetings to Poles looking forward to celebrating their 100th anniversary of Independence in 2018, and admire designs of Polish porcelain and proportions of masterpieces of both traditional and modern Polish architecture. You’re warmly welcome!
 
Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of Canada's diversity and multicultural identity. Experience over 75 different countries and cultures through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This series of world-class cultural events takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building in 2017, and will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversaryVisit www.Ottawa2017.ca to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 



Mayor in the City

Saturday, April 1 | 9 a.m.

Get your geek on at the Ottawa Geek Market and support local charities!

Nepean Sportsplex
701 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa

Sunday, April 30 | 1 p.m.

Join me at the 7th Annual Hair Donation Ottawa event!

Algonquin College Hair Salon Department

1645 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa