2017 Election

Maxime
Pedneaud‑Jobin

Candidate | Mairie

Who is
Maxime Pedneaud‑Jobin?

A man with a talent for motivating people to work together, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin won election as mayor of Gatineau on November 3, 2013, after founding and leading Action Gatineau, the first political party for the amalgamated City of Gatineau.

 

Born in 1968 in Buckingham, he has long been actively engaged in working for the betterment of his community. He recalls as his proudest achievement his role in the relaunch of Laiterie de l’Outaouais, which galvanized almost the entire region.

 

He obtained an M.A. in regional development from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and his thesis explored relations between the Outaouais and Ottawa. He is married and has three children.

Contact information:

Email: actiongatineau.org

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To make Gatineau an even better city,

To improve the quality of life of families, seniors and the young. 

Priorities

CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Do more still to fight climate change, reduce waste sent for burial and reduce consumption of drinking water.

Action plan for 2017-2021

Sustainable transportation and fight against climate change

  • Continue to invest in the improvement of existing public transit service in the short term
  • Bring light rail to Gatineau, an electric and sustainable means of transportation
  • Invest significantly to create practical cycling links
  • Continue the electrification of the fleet of municipal vehicles

Management of residual matter

  • Re-establish the free distribution of compost to residents
  • Implement a grants program for the purchase of washable diapers 
  • Require businesses, multiple dwelling structures, institutions and industries to compost and recycle and provide support to ensure and facilitate implementation
  • Extend the opening hours of eco-centres and promote private dump sites
  • Ban single use plastic bags on the City of Gatineau territory

Management of drinking water

  • Re-establish and promote the grants program for the purchase of rain water barrels
  • Maintain Gatineau’s leading position as the city in Quebec with the lowest per capita consumption of drinking water
  • Continue to work at eliminating leaks in the municipal network
  • Make the population, enterprises and institutions aware of the economic and ecological benefits of substantially reducing the consumption of drinking water

 Sustainable development

  • Ensure a rapid change in city by-laws to improve the administration of land development in accordance with the land use planning and development scheme
  • Invest in the development and animation of the downtown area and former town centres
  • Adopt a new by-law to implement assistance to land developers in new developments

Report on 2013-2017

Sustainable transportation and fight against climate change

  • Major investments in public transit service ($5 million to improve frequency, route synchronization and travel time)
  • Signing of a historical agreement with Ottawa to coordinate Gatineau’s public transit with light rail when it begins service 2018
  • Budget quadrupled for active transportation to add safe bike lanes (example: bike lane on Laurier Street)
  • Promotion of safe developments for pedestrians to encourage walking 

Sustainable development

  • Support for the development of sustainable neighbourhoods where people can live, work, shop and be entertained
  • Implementation of billing based on real costs of growth and of new developments
  • Sustainable development of city by promoting densification and development of urban cores

 Management of residual matter

  • New plan adopted to reduce waste sent to dumps
  • Approval to allow biodegradable plastic bags in the brown bins
  • Procedure to find a sustainable regional solution for ultimate wastes

 Management of drinking water

  • Efforts continued for better management of drinking water by reducing consumption
  • Program to eliminate leaks
  • Awareness and reduction program regarding use of drinking water
  • Action plan for water meters for non-residential, mixed and a sampling of residential buildings (report for September 1, 2017)

 

 

SAFETY ON THE STREETS

At the heart of priorities for the Pedneaud-Jobin Team

Action plan for 2017-2021  

Safety on the streets

  • Double the budget for implementing speed moderation measures on streets
  • For major roadwork, adopt a policy providing for measures to improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists
  • Continue to make people aware of speed, notably by adding warning radars
  • Improve and extend the utilitarian bike-pedestrian network by adding the appropriate, continuous, direct and safe structures to the existing paths on the main corridors
  • Promote the installation of bollards on bike lanes beside highways
  • Implement specific measures to prevent speeding (narrower streets, cones, curb extensions, etc.) in new developments
  • Require the use of a road network grid in new developments
  • Support the establishment of City-citizen committees to develop measures with communities for reducing speed in neighbourhoods  

Snow removal

  • Continue to improve snow removal operations consistently by periodically revising routes, as well as improving techniques and using new technologies
  • Reduce the time for removing snow from sidewalks (investment of $2 million over 4 years)
  • Examine the possibility of removing snow from some cycling paths along major arteries

Report on 2013-2017 

Safety on streets

  • Installation of speed reduction cones on streets
  • Installation of photo radar and surveillance cameras at red lights
  • Installation of warning radars to make drivers aware of their speed
  • Revision of the criteria for moderating speed in order to add streets
  • Reduction of speed to 40 km/h in neighbourhoods (2012)
  • Pilot project near schools to improve safety along school corridors
  • Investments made to build more safe routes
  • Campaign to raise awareness of speed on streets 

 Snow removal

  • Snow removal equipment replaced by new vehicles
  • Private resources added to remove snow from sidewalks and for snowplowing on streets
  • GPS system implemented to improve snow removal route performance

ENLIVEN AND REVITALIZEFORMER TOWN CENTRES

The revitalization and development of former town centres will contribute to enhancing local identity.

Action plan for 2017-2021  

Animation and revitalization

  • Create a supplementary fund to support the revitalization of former town centres ($250,000)
  • Create an animation fund for former town centres to organize activities and events ($213,000) 

City planning and municipal services

  • Better planning of the development of urban cores such as in Aylmer, Gatineau, Buckingham and Masson-Angers
  • Adopt a grants program for residential construction in former town centres
  • Promote the decentralization/deconcentration of services, notably by continuing to give greater power to departments in service centres to improve the coherence of municipal action in the field, the time to respond to residents and the respect for local reality

Reinforce local identity

  • Invest funds to enhance heritage buildings, especially in former town centres
  • Develop a public arts program dedicated to the main commercial arteries
  • Invest in some monuments to honour the memory of individuals or groups who have marked local history
  • Work in collaboration with heritage organizations to develop heritage circuits, as well as media support in the historical sectors of the city 

Report on 2013-2017

Enhance and reinforce the role service centres

  • Directors responsible for certain files: Gatineau (Biking), Hull (downtown), Aylmer (Relations with school boards)
  • Reorganization of city planning service: neighbourhood services reinforced
  • $1.3 million to revitalize former town centres in Buckingham, Masson-Angers, Gatineau and Aylmer
  • Consultation with business associations: Vision centre-ville, APICA, AGAP of Vieux-Gatineau, RGA Basse-Lièvre and investment strategies to revive vibrant commercial streets

Vieux-Aylmer

  • Support the commercial revitalization of vieux-Aylmer ($340,000 over 4 years)
  • Supplementary support for the revitalization of vieux-Aylmer ($230,000)
  • Revitalization/enhancement of buildings
  • Heritage square in Vieux-Aylmer – joint development of signage and interpretation concept to highlight the sector
  • Development of a new concept of signs for municipal buildings of heritage interest to be installed first at the Symmes Inn and at the Cultural Centre in Vieux-Aylmer
  • Support for the heritage enhancement of the British Hotel
  • Redevelopment project beside Galeries d’Aylmer
  • Continuation of improvements to the Symmes Inn

Vieux-Gatineau

  • Support for the commercial revitalization of vieux-Gatineau ($75,000)
  • Process for integrated urban revitalization with residents ($1.3 million until 2018)
  • Supplementary investments of $8.1 million have also been planned for infrastructures in the sector until 2018. Although the funds are not a direct part of the RUI, they will make a significant contribution: Notre-Dame Street will be rebuilt between Labrosse Boulevard and du Lac Road; work is also planned for parks in the sector.
  • Changes to certain STO routes to ensure service to the centre of Notre-Dame Street
  • Roadwork on Notre-Dame
  • Revitalization of Gréber Boulevard started
  • Exploration with Vivre en ville regarding roadwork on Gréber
  • Work on Phase 1 started, phase 2 to come with mobilization of businesses 

Vieux-Buckingham and Vieux-Masson

  • Support for the commercial revitalization of vieux-Buckingham and of vieux-Masson ($85,000)
  • Investment of $185,000 to revitalize and enhance the old town centres of Buckingham and of Masson-Angers
  • Contributions to several organizations: ESTacade (total of $170,000), Société histoire de Buckingham ($32,000), Table développement social ($25,000)
  • Contribution of $30,000 to the M-Ados Jeunes organization for the opening of the Complexe jeunesse d’Angers
  • Consolidation of commercial centres in Angers and the auction in Masson

GREEN SPACES

Green spaces and access to waterways to improve our quality of life.

Action plan for 2017-2021

Improve existing green spaces

  • Invest in the outdoor facilities of Parc des Cèdres ($5 million)
  • Adopt a new investment plan for existing parks to improve installations

Develop and highlight new green spaces

  • Transfer management of Boucher Forest to the Foundation
  • Invest in enhancing urban forests, including Boucher Forest ($1 million)
  • Start the process for the redevelopment of Parc de la Baie for year-round use ($500,000)

Continue to invest in creating new parks in neighbourhoods

  • Develop a new partnership with the NCC to improve access to Gatineau Park

Improve access to waterways

  • Establish an investment program for access to water and the conservation of shorelines ($100,000 a year)
  • Consolidate the infrastructure network of open air centres near waterways
  • Develop partnerships with private and public enterprises to increase services offered for outdoor leisure

Highlight services offered in urban open-air centres

  • Ensure that users of non-motorized boats may use waterways equally with users of motorized boats

Report on 2013-2017

Improvement to existing green spaces

  • $28.7 million toward the development of more than 110 city parks, recreational paths and green spaces (ex: replacement of structures in parks and installation of exercise modules for adults)
  • $5.4 million for the reconstruction of the pavilion in Parc des Cèdres
  • $600,000 for new facilities in Parc écologique Dalton

Development of new green spaces

  • Development of new parks in neighbourhoods (ex.: Parc Central in Plateau – $2.2 million)

Improved access to waterways

  • Completion of the redevelopment of the riverside sector of Jacques-Cartier Street (investment of $43 million)
  • $1.1 million toward the conservation of Lac Beauchamp
  • Investment of $5.1 million to improve access to waterways (ex.: landscaping of grounds and boat launch on du Quai Road in Masson-Angers)
  • $175,000 to support development of Centre nautique de la Lièvre

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Gatineau must maintain its momentum.

Action Plan for 2017-2021

Supporting economic development and encouraging the retention of our businesses

  • Acting as the « first client, » as a laboratory and as the technological show-case for services and technologies developed by our entrepreneurs
  • Supporting the companies that show promise as potential exporters
  • Supporting the establishment of business incubators and accelerators, especially in partnership with post-secondary educational institutions

Making life easier for entrepreneurs

  • Pressing for the simplification of municipal regulations and administrative procedures
  • Maintaining Gatineau’s pursuit of a better attitude for welcoming businesses
  • Rendering a detailed public account of how our reformed town planning has improved services

Gatineau, an attractive city

  • Investing $1 million in a new fund for promoting tourism and recreation.
  • Making Gatineau an international touristic destination for cycling and cross-country skiing.
  • Developing a tourism circuit to spotlight the city’s interesting recreational sites (Parc des Cèdres, Moore’s Farm, Jacques-Cartier Street, the Dalton Ecological Park, La Lièvre River, etc.).
  • Continuing to invest in events that draw international interest (e.g., MosaïCanada).
    • Investing an additional $150,000 a year in the Office of Major Events.
    • Investing in smart technologies to modernize the delivery of services to our citizens.
  • Capitalizing on the exchange of services with educational institutions and school boards and putting to use their infrastructure
  • Building a sophisticated city where knowledge is a priority, in partnership with institutions of higher learning.
  • Supporting the post-secondary educational institutions to allow them to diversify and improve their programs.

Report on 2013-2017

 Ease the workload for entrepreneurs

  • Streamlining of municipal regulations.
  • Creation of a one-stop shop for Gatineau entrepreneurs and a common portal for Outaouais businesses (MyGPS.ca).
  • Membership to the PerLE portal site to simplify the process for obtaining permits and licences.
  • Ville de Gatineau moves up in the standings as one of the top 50 cities in Canada offering a supportive entrepreneurial environment.
  • Reform of the Planning Department.

Support economic development and entrepreneurship

  • Establishment of a million-dollar fund to support economic development.
  • Reform of economic development agencies
    • Creation of the Economic Development Commission and of the Secretariat for Economic Development for the elaboration of strategic orientations
    • Creation of ID Gatineau with the objective of assisting and guiding entrepreneurs in their daily activities.
  • Adoption of a first economic development strategic plan building upon diversification (e.g.: Amazon)
  • Support the development of new programs in post-secondary institutions (cegeps, UQO) and of an incubator project
  • Improvement plan for the Gatineau Airport and action plan for its development

Promote the city

  • Boost to develop tourism (Cultural Path, MosaïCanada, Volta, etc.).
  • Investment in projects showcasing cultural cachets (Des Cèdres Park, Jacques-Cartier Street, Moore Farm, La Lièvre River, etc.).
  • Creation of an Events Office with an annual allocated recurrent budget of $150,000.

 

 

INVESTMENTS IN THE NETWORK OF LIBRARIES

Modernizing our facilities to attract more clients means investing in our future.

Action Plan for 2017-2021

  • Invest in the development of the Lucy-Faris and Guy-Sanche libraries for a better response to the needs created by demographic growth
    • Relocation of the Lucy-Faris Library ($22.5 million)
    • Expansion of the Guy-Sanche Library ($23.5 million)
  • Develop a plan and invest the money required for the revitalization of neighborhood libraries to make them more attractive ($10 million). This will involve several financial partners
  • Pursue the planning process required to locate a new library in the city centre

Report on 2013-2017

  • Investment of 21.9 million dollars for libraries
    • Build a new library in the Plateau Sector: $13 million.
  • Expansion of the Aurélien-Doucet Library.
  • Service demand for digital loans (as of April 2014).
  • Design a befitting room for teenagers in the Guy-Sanche Library (June 2015)
    • A place to meet others, have fun, work in groups and take part in activities.
  • “Fablab” type workshops at the municipal library.

IMPROVE SERVICES OFFERED TO FAMILIES AND THE ELDERLY

While investing massively in infrastructure, we must also take care of our people.

Action Plan for 2017-2021

  • Extend the season for outdoor swimming pools and wading pools ($200,000 per year)
  • Install water play areas in parks ($200,000 per year)
  • Maintain quality day-camps at reasonable prices
  • Make leisure and sports facilities more easily accessible
  • Draw up a long-term financial plan dealing with services to individuals (identify and respond to their short-term, medium-term as well as long-term needs, according to demographic growth)
  • Consider the possibility of community centers near parks remaining open till 10 pm in the summer
  • Develop sports infrastructure to make them accessible to all citizens.
  • Expand the stock of affordable social housing in neighborhoods where they are scarce
  • Explore an agreement with the Sports Center of the Université du Québec en Outaouais that would give access to affordable physical activity programs to citizens of Hull and Aylmer within a reasonable distance
  • Analyze the needs of the elderly and draw up an action plan suited to their needs
  • Create facilities suitable for the elderly (e.g. exercise sites and sites suitable for relaxation)
  • Reconsider parks layout, especially down town
  • Renegotiate agreements between the city and the school boards so as to make best use of the schools

Report on 2013-2017

Programs for families and projects in the field of sports and leisure

  • Planning of land use for parks and for leisure and play facilities in many parks ($11.5 M)
    • Parks were saved despite the loss of growth development charges ($5.1 M)
  • New artificial turf soccer and football fields
    • Artificial turf field in Buckingham ($925,000)
    • Artificial turf field at Le Carrefour High School ($1.3)
    • Two artificial turf fields in Aylmer ($947,000 – Parc D’Arcy-McGee-Symmes; $580,000$ – Grande-Rivière High School)
  • Ice rink project deployment plan
    • Invest in the implementation of new ice rinks
    • 2021:  projecting 8 new ice rinks in Gatineau
    • More than $3 M has been invested for the repair and replacement of the refrigeration and cooling systems in two ice arenas in Aylmer
  • Home Ownership Program for families for the acquisition of a dwelling on the territory of the Île de Hull
  • Social development: many projects have been supported since 2014
    • A toy lending library
    • Support to self-help groups (the family life centre Centre d’animation familiale)

Initiatives undertaken for seniors

  • Age-Friendly Municipality
    • Awareness campaign against any form of discrimination towards seniors
    • Support to associations for the organization of activities
    • Organization of sport and leisure activities accessible to seniors
  • User adapted design in parks (adult training circuit).
  • Support for the construction of affordable housing for seniors (330 de l’Europe Street).
  • Great gain in the obligation for private projects to include in their planning affordable social family housing.
  • Social Development: support to many projects such as the community kitchen initiative Cuisine collective.

SOLUTIONS TO MEET TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGES IN GATINEAU

Improve the current system of public transportation in Gatineau by focusing on the special needs of some neighborhoods where the timeliness and the quality of transportation fall short.

Action Plan for 2017-2021

  • Continue to invest to improve the efficiency of the public transportation system as a whole throughout the municipal territory
  • Take action to improve service from Labrosse to the eastern limits of the City, starting with extension of the Rapibus service to Lorrain
  • Install a light train service in Gatineau that begins in the western part of the City and should favour the Taché-Aylmer Road corridor
  • Continue working on coordination measures with the City of Ottawa to further improve transportation lines between the two cities
    • Plan for coordination of transit upon completion of the O-Train light rail  in 2018
    • Coordinate transportation systems planning for the middle and long term
  • Tax center town parking spaces to finance public transportation
  • Set the charge for municipal parking so as to eventually exceed by 15 % the cost of a STO pass

Report on 2013-2017

  • Active leadership role by having a city representative serve as chair for the STO
    • Modifications brought to the processes of the STO
    • Implementation of circuits without feeder lines to improve the bus service in the sectors that were affected by the operation of the Rapibus
    • Organizational diagnosis, expenditure rationalization and service optimization (annual savings of $5.1 M between now and 2018, which will be reinvested in service delivery)
    • Independent assessment of the Rapibus project (as to not repeat past mistakes)
    • Analysis of the current transit system by the MMM Group to improve performance (external support to improve service)
  • Many major decisions regarding changes to existing services
    • Rapibus: $2.2 M investment to ensure service efficiency in the east
    • Aylmer: $1 M investment for the most significant service reform since 2007
    • Plateau-Manoir-des-Trembles: $1.6 M to improve the service (more than 16,300 hours)
    • Implementation of assistance and bus tracking services
  • Result: Increase in ridership from 2014 onward
  • Sustained media coverage in order to rebuild user confidence towards the service
  • Greater efficiency of the processes and more frequent collaboration between the STO and the city
  • Signature of a historic agreement between the cities of Gatineau and Ottawa to interconnect public transit services and establishment of a permanent planning committee

OUR CYCLING PLAN

Let Gatineau become the cycling capital of Quebec once again.

Action Plan for 2017-2021

  • Adopt a municipal policy that fosters the creation of safe cycling paths whenever major roadwork is underway (e.g. Boulevard Saint-Joseph and Boulevard Gréber)
  • Require the inclusion of utilitarian cycling paths in new neighborhoods
  • Install safety bollards along bicycle paths on some streets
  • Plan new cycling paths linking Gatineau with Ottawa to encourage the use of bicycles for crossing the Ottawa River (e.g., on Prince of Wales Bridge)
  • Work with citizens’ committees to deal with transportation issues in neighborhoods where they are a problem (e.g., Limbour)
  • Maintain publicity campaigns to encourage cycling and to promote cycling safety (e.g., by sharing the available space)
  • Maintain cooperation with the different partners across the City

Report on 2013-2017

  • Opening of new bike paths and parking for bikes
    • New Rapibus bike path (new link between Gatineau and Hull)
    • New parking for bikes at Rapibus stations
    • New Jacques-Cartier bike path (Pointe-Gatineau)
  • Investments quadrupled for improvements to cycling network and cycling possibilities (total of $12.8 million over 4 years)
    • New bike path on Saint-Antoine (Pointe-Gatineau)
    • New bike path on Laurier (Vieux-Hull)
    • Hiring of cycling coordinator and two other resources assigned to issues related to cycling
    • Update of biking master plan
    • Citizen consultation to contribute to the concept of a biking master plan
  • New sweeping route to encourage use of bikes with arrival of spring
  • Creation of transportation committee responsible for dealing with active transportation issues
  • Adoption of standards to require installation of parking for bikes beside new buildings, expansion or change in use of buildings
  • Adoption of standards respecting parking for bikes in compliance with the guide for development favouring pedestrians and cyclists
  • Several activities organized to promote biking
    • Publicity campaign Gatineau, ville vélo
    • Biking month
    • Partnership and consultation with cycling organizations
    • Programs in schools for biking
    • Highlighting cycling as a central activity for tourism in Gatineau
  • Implementation of sharing the road campaign
  • Support for activities promoting cycling
    • Tour de Gatineau
    • Bicycle Film Festival
    • Grand prix cycliste
  • Support to organizations for free lending of bikes (Grenier du petit sportif and Centre de services de Masson-Angers)
  • Awarded certification vélosympathique, silver level from Vélo Québec

A BALANCED APPROACH

Each dollar of public money must be spent carefully, but without reducing services to the public.

Action Plan for 2017-2021

  • Increases in the operations budget will not exceed 4% per year.
  • In reviewing expenditures and services, the objective must be to improve without reducing public services.
  • Municipal taxation: new sources of revenues must be developed so as to restrain the increase in property taxes (1.9 per cent for 2018 and 1.5 per cent from 2019 to 2021).
  • Pursue the current political campaign aimed at obtaining one percentage point of the sales tax ($50 million per year in new revenues). 
  • The plan for upkeep of infrastructures (streets, aqueducts, sewers, etc.): nearly $500 million to be invested over four years. 
  • The plan for improving services to the public: investments of $4 million per year over four years (services to families, access to the waterfront, revitalization of former City centers and current City center, snow removal, access to cultural events, etc.)
  • A plan for improving living conditions in the neighborhoods: investments of $102 million over four years (culture, cycling paths, green spaces, revitalization of former City centers and current City center, etc.)