Commissioner Mark Cohon announced on Wednesday that Ottawa is on track to be added as the ninth team in the league for the 2014 season after a city council vote passed that will see Lansdowne Park redeveloped.
"Today's positive City of Ottawa council vote means a beautiful new stadium and as early as 2014, a proud new franchise that will make its community proud and our league even stronger," Cohon said in a release. "This is a great day for our league and, for all of us who understand its' important place in the culture of Canada, a great day for our country."
The proposal launched by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which expects to see construction on the site begin within a week, with the goal of having the stadium ready for football use by 2014.
"Our dream of a Canadian Football League franchise, which has always been the heart of this plan, is becoming a reality and we are absolutely thrilled and humbled," said Roger Greenberg of the OSEG. "Now it's time to accelerate the important work of not only building a landmark destination that inspires and excites our city and region, but a business organization and football team that can and will compete for the Grey Cup."
Ottawa will be eligible to have a representative join the CFL's board of governors and fully participate in the Canadian draft in 2014.