About Maria
Maria McRae, a lawyer, was first elected to represent the residents of River Ward on Ottawa City Council in 2003. Since then, she was re-elected with a strong mandate in 2006 and 2010. River Ward includes over 49,000 residents living in Carleton Heights, Carlington, Central Park, Hunt Club, Quinterra/Riverwood, Ridgemont, Riverside Park and Uplands on the Rideau.
In addition to sitting on Ottawa City Council, Maria is the first Chair of the inaugural Environment Committee, which was formed in December 2010.  Maria is also a member of the Finance and Economic Development Committee, the Ottawa Board of Health, and the Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. Board of Directors.

Passionate Community Builder
In 2002 Maria was honoured to receive the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for exemplary community service. Maria was also the valedictorian of Leadership Ottawa in 2002, where she gained an in depth awareness of the many issues facing communities in Ottawa.
Born and raised in Sudbury, Maria has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Laurentian University and a Law degree from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She and her husband Paul, who works in the hi-tech sector, live in the Hunt Club community.
Maria is proud to represent the residents of River Ward and is their strong voice at City Hall.

Reputation as a Hard Worker
Since being elected in 2003, Maria quickly developed a reputation as an energetic, dedicated and tireless worker – one she has maintained over the course of her terms as a City Councillor. She has represented Ottawa City Council as a member of the following board of directors and committees:
Chair of Ottawa Community Housing Corporation – the province of Ontario’s second largest landlord  with 50,000 tenants living in more than 15,000 units of housing stock worth more than in $2B in assets

  • Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee
  • Corporate Services and Economic Development Committee
  • Emergency and Protective Services Committee
  • License Committee
  • Long Range Financial Plan Committee
  • Member Services Committee
  • Ottawa Public Library Board
  • Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee
  • Ottawa Tourism and Convention Authority
  • Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
  • Rural Summit Steering Committee
  • Rural Summit Task Force
  • Commonwealth Games 2014 Bid Committee
  • No Community Left Behind Steering Committee
  • Carlington Community Development Framework

Dedicated to Her Community
Maria is a hard-working and dynamic community leader. Prior to being elected in 2003, she served as an active community volunteer in the following organizations:

  • President and founder of the Hunt Club/Riverside Community Services Centre
  • Chair of the Riverside Park Churches Christmas Day Dinner Committee
  • City of Ottawa Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee member – representing River Ward
  • St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Outreach and Support Services Committee member
  • Community Representative on General Vanier Public School Council
  • Community Representative on Fielding Drive Public School Council
  • Mooney’s Bay Park Public Advisory Committee member
  • Leadership Ottawa Alumni Association member
  • Sawmill Creek Subwatershed Public Advisory Committee member
  • Emcee and member of the Victoria Day Fireworks and Gala Committee

Select Accomplishments

  • Demonstrating fiscal responsibility and leadership by putting forward motions to cut spending to keep taxes as low as possible and always keeping her office finances under budget
  • Improving traffic safety through increased police enforcement and traffic engineering
  • Delivering on a promise to renovate and expand the Hunt Club-Riverside Park and Carleton Heights Community Centres and the Rideau Canoe Club
  • Collaborating with her City Council colleagues and Federal and Provincial partners as the Transportation Committee Chair to deliver record funding for Light Rail Transit
  • Adding lighting to the Airport Parkway
  • Spearheading the reform of Ottawa Community Housing as the past board Chair resulting in significant improvements to social housing such as greater security and improved maintenance
  • Securing resources for construction of the pedestrian and cycling connection over the Airport Parkway from the Hunt Club community to the Southeast Transitway
  • Leading the Transportation Committee to efficiently deliver core services, improve pedestrian and cycling pathways and roadways and implement a city-wide graffiti management program
  • Overseeing budget reform as an inaugural member of the Audit, Budget and Finance Committee
  • Partnering with residents, community associations, businesses, the Ottawa Police Service, By-law and Regulatory Services, Neighbourhood Watch and others to promote community safety and crime prevention
  • Rejuvenating the Banff-Ledbury community by working in partnership with the community and many stakeholders
  • Completing the Sawmill Creek Constructed Wetland
  • Implementing a balanced and creative approach to providing quality services for seniors, families and youth such as the Carlington Community Development Framework and the No Community Left Behind Steering Committee in Banff-Ledbury
  • Protecting McCarthy Woods from development by securing a commitment from the National Capital Commission
  • Garnering unanimous City Council support of issues surrounding firefighter illness and cancer positioning Ottawa as the first Ontario municipality to officially back changes to provincial legislation protecting our firefighters
  • Investing in our future by delivering key infrastructure upgrades throughout River Ward including sidewalks, multi-use pathways, road re-surfacing, play structures, etc.
  • Supporting a Community Design Plan for a significant portion of Bank Street to provide an integrated vision and guidance for redevelopment of the area
  • Obtaining unanimous City Council support to acquire the former Bayview Public School to retain sports fields for recreational use and to control future redevelopment
  • Constructing splash pads in Harrold Place Park and Celebration Park
  • Taking a balanced approach to environmental sustainability as the Chair of the Environment Committee, focusing on the efficient and cost effective delivery of core services, while improving renewable energy, waste management, water quality, landfill, open space and natural urban feature policies