Former Ottawa mayor Jim Watson is now a member of the Ottawa Community Housing foundation’s board of directors, the non-profit organization announced today.
The foundation says in a statement that Watson has a wealth of experience and understanding of the needs of communities in Ottawa.
Watson left office last year, after his 12-year term made him the city’s longest-serving mayor.
The need for affordable housing in the city became a central theme of the campaign to replace him.
Ottawa Community Housing is the city’s largest social housing provider, and the second-largest in Ontario, with around 32,000 tenants.
This is the first non-profit board Watson has joined since he stepped away from politics.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 27, 2023.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.
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