8:30 a.m., April 24)
Newly formed task force to go after federal government jobs
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
A task force made up of local business leaders is hoping
to convince the federal government to establish a campus
the high number of federal government workers who live
in Orléans, very few government jobs are actually located
to the government’s own figures, there are fewer than
50 federal jobs in Orléans. By comparison, there are nearly
13,100 federal jobs in Kanata. Balance Orléans wants to
level the playing field.
is virtually absent on the map of federal employment campuses
in Ottawa and Gatineau despite having the highest concentration
of bilingual and educated citizens in Ottawa,,” says Heart
of Orléans BIA executive director and Balance Orléans
co-chair Jasmine Brown.
are 134,000 federal government jobs in Ottawa and Gatineau,
the largest employer in the region, almost all located
in central and west Ottawa. Nearly 10 per cent on those
jobs are located in Kanata.
graphic shows the disparity in the number
of workers who commute downtown every day
from Orléans compared to those who commute
to the east end community. ILLUSTRATION COURTESY
OF BALANCE ORLÉANS
of the Balance Orléans 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
Orléans exports most of its workforce. According to numbers
quoted by the task force, an estimated 80 per cent of
commuters exit Orléans every day compared to 20 per cent
who enter the community to travel to work.
a long-time, community builder, I have seen Orléans excluded
from every federal government growth plan in the City’s
history,” says Doug Feltmate, task force member and restaurant
business owner. “The time has come for the Government
of Canada to act now and resolve the disparity of economic
development in its capital city.”
Balance Orléans task force has received the endorsement
of local city councillors including Orléans Ward Coun.
Bob Monette who believes the group can be a significant
catalyst for complementary development, economic growth,
and job creation.
is good feasibility for retail, office and residential
development with potential growth of the La Cité campus,
a hotel and conference centre, and Petrie’s Landing –
if the federal government ends the seeming bias against
Orléans as a campus location,” says Monette.
can provide their input by visiting the Balance Orléans
Facebook at www.facebook.com/BalanceOrleans/.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)