Get Ready for Ottawa 2017!

We are less than three weeks away from Canada's 150th anniversary and the launch of our Ottawa 2017 programming. Throughout the year, there will be a number of Signature Events that will entertain the millions of visitors to Ottawa and create memories for the many who call the Ottawa area home, such as:

Red Bull Crashed Ice: Professional athletes from all over the world will skate down a plunging ice track on the iconic locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the famous Chateau Laurier

La Machine: For the first time in North America, La Machine will bring its monumental motion theatre to the streets of downtown Ottawa. Prepare to be mesmerized by these fascinating creatures

Underground Multimedia Experience: Experience the ultimate underground extravaganza with this world first immersive multimedia production, projected  inone  of  our  city’s future Light  RailTransit (LRT) stations

YOWttawa: A  massive  music  celebration,  featuring Canadian,  First Nations and international artists

Agri150: A series of rural events, between 15 and 20, aimed at celebrating the rural parts of Ottawa.

Other major events include the Juno Awards, the 105th Grey Cup, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, the Davis Cup at TD Place, the Canadian Track & Field Championships, the Canadian Videogame Awards, National Skating Championships, the Roar of the Rings, and more.

With festivities taking place in every corner of the city and throughout the year, there will also be plenty of opportunities where you can celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in your community. For more info on the exciting Ottawa 2017 programming and to learn how to get involved, visit the ottawa2017.ca.

Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program

Volunteers will serve as a major contributor to the success of Ottawa 2017. Working with the producers and organizers of each Ottawa 2017 event, the Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program will determine the need for volunteer crews and provide a workforce at each event site throughout 2017. The Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program will recruit, engage, train, deploy, and support 2017 volunteers who will assist in various areas such as logistics, public relations, guest services, hospitality, marketing and security. Four experienced Volunteer Captains have been recruited to lead and/or co-lead volunteers at specific Ottawa 2017 events.

How to get involved:

Applicants must be 16 years and older by December 31st, 2016, progress through a screening process and undergo a criminal records check. We are looking for super volunteers who demonstrate the following:

  • Pride in representing Ottawa and Canada
  • Strong oral communication skills in English, French or both
  • Warm and friendly personality, strong people skills, enthusiasm, positivism, team player,
  • Eager to help attitude
  • Knowledge of the Ottawa region
  • Comfort level with technology
  • Willing to undergo volunteer training
  • Interest in music, culture, arts, sports
  • Enjoy working outside

We are recruiting on an ongoing basis and spaces are limited. We strongly encourage applying soon by following the registration link on the Ottawa 2017 website: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/get-involved/volunteer/

Beware of Scams

Recently, a Richmond resident contacted our office and let us know that she was the recipient of a scam phone call.  There are many common scams that may target you via email, through door to door sales and many over the phone. If you suspect you are the target of this, please contact the Ottawa Police Fraud Section at 613-236-1222, extension 5433. 

This time of year, you need to be cautious of charitable organization scams. While there are many organizations that do tremendous work in our communities, there are some that use this season as an opportunity to scam people using pressure tactics to give on the spot and have you sign up for monthly donations with your credit card. For more information about common scams, please visit the Ottawa Police website at ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/common-scams.asp.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.