COVID-19 Support

Province Provides Free Help for Small Businesses

Province Provides Free Help for Small Businesses

The Ontario government is investing over $2.2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training to help them make informed financial decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic...

Help For Local Business – And It’s Free

Help For Local Business – And It’s Free

Are you a local business owner looking for ways to sustain your business? We’re working with Invest Ottawa to help you access free tools and resources. The DMS Future Proof program is now accepting applications from people that need help pivoting. You might need to...

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OWBA Bringing Future Proof Program to Local Businesses

OWBA Bringing Future Proof Program to Local Businesses

We’re extremely proud to be working with Invest Ottawa and Digital Main Street to bring the Future Proof program to our local businesses. The program helps shops, restaurants, skilled trades companies, and home-based artisans increase online sales and build more...

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Celebrate and support Ottawa small business

Celebrate and support Ottawa small business

Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed October 18 to 24 Ottawa Small Business Week. Now more than ever, it is time to support small businesses in our neighbourhoods and recognize their vital contributions to Ottawa’s economy and to our communities. Read the full press release...

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Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

The #CanadaUnited campaign is a nationwide small and local business campaign encouraging Canadians to buy local. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund partners want to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. A relief...

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Your Business and the Mandatory Mask By-law

Your Business and the Mandatory Mask By-law

Ottawa Public Health mandated the use of masks in many indoor public spaces effective July 7, 2020. The City of Ottawa then passed a Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law which came into effect July 15, 2020. If your business is looking for some information on how to comply...

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Reopening Workshop for Rural Businesses and Agricultural

Reopening Workshop for Rural Businesses and Agricultural

Ottawa Public Health, in partnership with the Ottawa Board of Trade, is hosting a Business Reopening Workshop specifically geared towards rural and agricultural businesses. The workshop will be hosted July 9th at 1pm on Zoom and will include a short presentation by...

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Waived Fees for all Patio and Café Permits

Waived Fees for all Patio and Café Permits

City of Ottawa is continuing to provide assistance to support the re-opening of local businesses. On Wednesday June 10, 2020, Council approved the waiving of fees for all patio and café permits as well as approved a special permit to allow patios on private property....

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2020 Food Vending in Parks Program

2020 Food Vending in Parks Program

Through the economic recovery efforts of the City, the focus of the 2020 Food Vending in Parks Program is to assist restaurants and food truck or cart operators who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food trucks are allowed to set up at 28...

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City Of Ottawa Reopening Plan

City Of Ottawa Reopening Plan

The City’s plan to re-open services and programs is based on guidance from Ottawa Public Health and aligns with the Province of Ontario’s plan to gradually relax emergency orders. Read it here.  

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Economic Support and Recovery in Ottawa

Economic Support and Recovery in Ottawa

Ottawa businesses can go here to see the many resources and supports available as Ottawa moves in to Stage 2 re-openings this week. Private sector businesses like PwC Canada are also offering support like automated tools to help you sort through the options available...

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Re-opening in Ontario – What’s Next

Re-opening in Ontario – What’s Next

Learn about what can reopen in each stage and where, according to the government’s regional approach to stage 2. Starting June 12, 2020 Ottawa Public Health Region is allowed to proceed with Stage 2 re-openings. Details here.  

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