|Ottawa City Councillor|
|Assumed office |
December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Georges Bédard|
|Born||September 26, 1985|
Mathieu Fleury (born September 26, 1985 in Ottawa, Ontario) is the Ottawa City Councillor of Rideau-Vanier Ward, which includes Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Vanier. He won the ward in the 2010 Ottawa municipal election, defeating the incumbent Georges Bédard in a narrow contest, the youngest City Councillor to be elected at that time. He was subsequently re-elected as the councillor in the 2014 and 2018 Ottawa municipal elections.
Fleury attended the University of Ottawa., graduating with a master’s in health science with a concentration in Sports Management and an Honours Bachelor of Science with a specialization in Human Kinetics.
Fleury has a diverse background in sports, having worked for the Minister of State (Sport), Mission team member Canadian Olympic Committee in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. He also worked for 10 years in aquatics for the city of Ottawa. He has also volunteered for various other sports organizations at the local and national level.
Fleury is the chair of the Ottawa Community Housing Board, the Ottawa Sports Commissioner, sits on the Ottawa Sports Council board, is a member of the city's Transportation Committee and the Community and Protective Services Committee. He is also a former board member of Ottawa Public Health, the Environment committee and the Shaw Centre.
He has been a board member of the Shaw Centre and is currently a board member of all three business improvement areas in his ward: the Downtown Rideau BIA, Quartier Vanier BIA and Byward Market BIA.
He continues to support local businesses as main street retailers are the life blood of our local economy and festivals which bring life and pride to Ottawa.
Fleury’s role as Sports Commissioner helps facilitate coordination between the Ottawa City Council and sporting community, through Ottawa Tourism and community sport organisations. The coordination is meant to enable sports clubs to thrive, while also supporting more local, provincial and national events hosting and ensure sports clubs continue to grow and allow Ottawa athletes to compete and achieve their highest level of performance here in Ottawa. The role aims to build Ottawa as an inclusive sport city. Fleury sees many opportunities for hosting through Colleges and University sport infrastructure investments and renewal.
Outdoors, Fleury saw through the redevelopment of Jules Morin Park which is the first satellite location of the Ottawa Senators Rink of Dreams in Lowertown as well as the complete redevelopment of Optimiste Park which included unique features: such as adult fitness equipment & table tennis tables. The revitalisation of Riverain Park project is currently in progress and includes: a new splash pad, adult fitness equipment, off-leash dog area, a new basketball court, a new horseshoe pitch, resurfacing of the tennis courts with the addition of pickleball, new pathway & lighting improvements and a new drinking fountain.
Fleury is a co-founder of the Rideau Winter Trail, an urban trail for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking in the heart of the City of Ottawa. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the trail.
Infrastructure has been central to Fleury's work in Rideau-Vanier. He has prioritized accessibility and community connection. This is evident in his work to develop the Adawe Bridge, which crosses the Rideau River, connecting Vanier and Sandy Hill. Other projects include the reconstruction of Sussex Drive, Rideau Street Reconstruction and Montreal Road Revitalization – where Fleury was a key force in finding project funding and ensuring modern designs for these important main streets.
He is currently bringing together the Byward Market Public Spaces report, which would see the redevelopment of public spaces in Ottawa’s Lowertown district (the Byward Market), an area that is tourism-rich, has a historic farmer’s market, is an entertainment hub, and is residential.
Fleury was the co-chair of Ottawa 2017. In 2017, Canada celebrated its 150th anniversary, and the City of Ottawa was the epicentre of the celebrations as Canada’s Capital City. Ottawa 2017 was an initiative led by the City of Ottawa and supported by community partners at the local, regional and national levels. Ottawa 2017 offered a full year of unique and entertaining experiences and helped position the city of Ottawa as a vibrant city.
A leading force in the City’s push to become fully bilingual, in 2017, Fleury played an important role in “Ottawa ville billingue”. He worked closely with MPP at the time, Natalie Desrosiers’, Bill 126, La Francophonie Act, 2019, to establish to declare Ottawa as a bilingual City and advance public services to the francophones in Ottawa.
Fleury was a leader at the Council table in advancing federal funding for safe supply initiatives with his motion at Council on May 27, 2020, which passed voting in favour of having the Mayor write to the upper level of governments for a larger “safe supply” of narcotics to keep some addicts from overdosing and protect communities from drug-fuelled crime.
Fleury also co-wrote an op-ed leading up to the Council vote with Senator Vern White and Dr. Jeff Turnbull, former Chief of Staff at The Ottawa Hospital.
An active member of the community, Fleury has been active as the co-chair for the 2013 United Way Campaign, a former board director for the Children’s Wish Foundation, a member of the Global Shapers Ottawa hub and Boys and Girls Club.
Ottawa Community Housing
Fleury has served on the board of Ottawa Community Housing since he was first elected in 2010, chairing the board since 2015.
Ottawa Community Housing is the City of Ottawa’s largest landlord with over 15000 units and over 32000 tenants. With Fleury’s leadership at the Board, OCH has modernized the tenant experience for more tenant focused policies and has focused the organization to be ready for more redevelopment and growth.
Fleury has also led efforts to ensure the renewal of clear and consistent standards to support tenants. Ottawa Community Housing is modernizing its approach to ensure effective maintenance and repairs for tenants. It has also put in place a number of initiatives that support tenancies including a one-stop shop information line for all OCH services.
Working with the board, Fleury helped adopt the Dynamic Portfolio Management Framework – a framework that allows OCH management to see development, redevelopment and partnerships with the housing sector, and the potential to build better/ greener units.
In addition, this framework serves to rejuvenate the city’s housing assets and helps offer the potential of more mixed-income and mixed-use environments. This has helped the City collaborate with the Ottawa Community Housing to recognize its important role as the City’s builder of choice to promote development and redevelopment of OCH lands.
Ontario’s first mixed-use passive house, 1290 Coldrey Ave., which won the Innovation Award and the Not-for-Profit Project Award in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association’s Annual Housing Design Awards as well as a finalist ranking in the Green Building Category of the Ottawa Citizen’s People Choice Awards.
The Old St. Patrick Housing Development worth $2.53 million and partially funded by the City of Ottawa. The $2.2M Richelieu Court Redevelopment Project, currently underway will see the redevelopment of 15 3-bedroom homes.
In 2019 construction of Rochester Heights commenced, slated for completion in 2021. The 1st phase design includes a six-storey building with 108 apartments, coupled with two stacked townhome blocks along Balsam Street, containing 16 units each, for a total project count of 140 homes, with an estimated cost of $40M. Rochester Heights Phase 1 at 811 Gladstone Ave should be ready for occupancy in Spring 2021. This project is being branded as a new community, Mosaiq, offering a diverse community where tenants can enjoy green living comforts, plus access to shopping, entertainment, and transit at their doorstep.
In June 2020, The City of Ottawa’s Planning Committee approved a $15M investment into Gladstone Village, which will see the development of 550 new affordable units. In addition to this City investment, Ottawa Community Housing was granted a $167.9-million mortgage from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation to build 698 new housing units across three sites on Gladstone Avenue. 
As part of future OCH development goals, a project at 715 Mikinak Road foresees the construction of three buildings resulting in 271 (affordable) housing units, of which 35-40 units would be owned and operated by a support agency partner. 
Fleury has been instrumental in developing spaces for the community. Rideau-Vanier is Ottawa’s arts hub; including the newly built OAG, a world-renowned hub for urban visual arts build along side the historic property and arts collective of Arts Court, all spaces for local artists in the city of Ottawa. He was key in securing City funding for the rebuilding of Nouvelle Scene theatre on King Edward Avenue, a francophone theatre space in the heart of our City.
TEDxOttawa Speaker Series
On October 10, 2019 Fleury was invited to be a speaker for the Ottawa-organized TEDx series, Solving for X. Fleury’s talk focused on the Key to Solving Homelessness. He spoke about out of the box solutions for combating complex issues of homelessness which focused on getting people into their own units with a key.
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