Ottawa invites global participation in 2017 celebrations

Embassy EventOttawa –Mayor Jim Watson hosted over 100 members of Ottawa’s diplomatic community for a reception at Ottawa’s historic Horticulture Building to invite global participation in Ottawa’s commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“Celebrating our city’s diversity is core to our values as Canadians and must be at the heart of our sesquicentennial celebrations,” said Mayor Watson. “As a global capital, blessed with a rich mosaic of cultural communities and diplomatic representatives from 130 countries, Ottawa is ready to welcome the world for Canada’s big year.”

During the event, the Mayor invited countries to host public events marking their own national milestones or in celebration of their friendship with Canada. The City will provide complementary facilities and support services at Lansdowne Park’s Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building throughout 2017 and will help to publicise the events to residents and visitors.

“By working as partners, we can foster a greater appreciation of Canada’s global friendships while enhancing our city’s close ties to the countries whose embassies and high commissions we host as the nation’s capital,” the Mayor added.

“By hosting international events at Lansdowne, the global community can add flavour and dimension to our year-long celebration, while providing an ideal opportunity to connect with the record number of Canadians we expect to host in 2017,” noted Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

The Ottawa 2017 initiative will celebrate 150 years of the Confederation of Canada. This celebration is expected to attract an additional 1.75 million tourists to Ottawa, with the potential to create more than 3,000 new jobs and as much as $230 million in GDP impact. For more information, please visit

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