Leadership for a safe, reliable, and affordable Ottawa.

Hi! I’m Mark Sutcliffe.

I love Ottawa. I’ve lived here my whole life. I have covered the city as a journalist. I’ve volunteered and led many charitable fundraising campaigns. I’ve been a small-business owner and coached many entrepreneurs and community leaders.

I’m not a career politician. In fact, I’m not a politician at all. But I hear from many people who are concerned about our future. So I’m running for Mayor to keep taxes low, fix LRT and improve our roads, and make Ottawa safer. Join me, let’s do it together.

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My Priorities

I hear from many people who are concerned
about their future and Ottawa’s future.

We are emerging from the most disruptive and devastating public health crisis in nearly 100 years. And we are facing new and significant challenges. With rising inflation, Ottawa has an affordability crisis. With unreliable roads and public transit, it's becoming more difficult to get around the city. And many people are concerned about safety. As Mayor I will work hard for you to build a safe, reliable, and affordable Ottawa for everyone.

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Meet Mark!


“I’m running for Mayor to make the city I love and live in, safer, more reliable, and more affordable, for everyone.”

Mark was born in Ottawa and has lived his whole life here. He and his wife Ginny have three children, Erica, Jack, and Kate.

Mark is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and community activist. He co-founded the Ottawa Business Journal, and several other small businesses. For over 30 years, Mark was a broadcast journalist on CFRA and CityNews, and was the executive editor and a columnist for the Ottawa Citizen. Currently, he’s a coach, mentor and advisor to some of Ottawa’s leading business and community leaders through his work with TEC Canada.

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Mark is a passionate community volunteer and fundraiser. He’s been Chair of the United Way as well as co-chair of the United Way Campaign. He has also served as board Chair for the Ottawa Board of Trade, OrKidstra, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa Community Housing Foundation, and Run Ottawa. He’s also served on the boards of Algonquin College, Invest Ottawa, Kind Ottawa, and the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation. His contribution to the city was recognized in 2016 when he was inducted into the Order of Ottawa and named the United Way’s Ambassador of the Year.

Mark is an avid runner who trained and qualified for the Boston Marathon in 2015. He wrote about that journey and what it taught him in his book Long Road to Boston, one of four books he’s written.

Mark will bring new leadership to Ottawa that is focused on uniting the city and working together to make Ottawa safe, reliable, and affordable for everyone.


Media & Statements

Mark Sutcliffe to Accelerate Ottawa’s Progress to Become a Music City

Posted: Sep. 28, 2022

Mark Sutcliffe to Cut Recreation Fees for Families

Posted: Sep. 25, 2022

Mark Sutcliffe: “I Will Make the ByWard Market Safe”

Posted: Sep. 24, 2022

Mark Sutcliffe on the Latest Inflation Figures Released by Statistics Canada and Ottawa’s Affordability Crisis

Posted: Sep. 24, 2022

Mark Sutcliffe to Make Public Transit More Reliable, Roads Safer for All of Ottawa

Posted: Sep. 22, 2022

Catherine McKenney’s Environment Announcement Short on Details, Lacking in Leadership

Posted: Sep. 21, 2022

Has Catherine McKenney accepted any contributions from third party advertisers?

Posted: Sep. 21, 2022

Mark Sutcliffe to Increase Availability of New Homes and Community Housing Supply in Ottawa

Posted: Sep. 16, 2022

Catherine McKenney’s Status-Quo Housing Announcement Not the Ambitious Change Ottawa Needs

Posted: Sep. 14, 2022

Catherine McKenney’s record demonstrates clear opposition to building new housing

Posted: Sep. 14, 2022

Statement from Mark Sutcliffe on the $85M Projected OC Transpo Deficit Tabled at Transit Commission

Posted: Sep. 14, 2022

Mark Sutcliffe to increase funding to maintain and repair roads, bike lanes, and multi-use pathways

Posted: Sep. 08, 2022

Mark Sutcliffe Will Not Defund the Police

Posted: Sep. 02, 2022

Catherine McKenney continues to mislead Ottawa taxpayers about “free” transit plan

Posted: Sep. 01, 2022

Is Catherine McKenney misleading Ottawa voters about the cost of “free” public transit?

Posted: Aug. 31, 2022

Broad Coalition of Ottawa Leaders Unite to Support Mark Sutcliffe

Posted: Aug. 25, 2022

An Open Letter from Mayoral Candidate Mark Sutcliffe

Posted: Aug. 22, 2022

A Plan to Protect Ottawa’s Environment, and Deliver Leadership for a Cleaner, Greener Ottawa

Posted: Aug. 17, 2022

Statement from Mayoral Candidate Mark Sutcliffe on Strong Mayors Legislation

Posted: Aug. 10, 2022