Growth and Success

Online Business Resources
OWBA collects and shares a number of resources we feel will be helpful to the many different types of business in Osgoode Ward. Our list is being updated all the time and we welcome any additions. Please also refer to our Online Business Directory to see contact information for your business neighbours in the Ward as well as those outside the Ward wishing to do business with us.

OWBA also hosts a number of information seminars, round tables, and guest speaker series that additionally provide valuable insight and resources to local business.  Check our Events Page for the next OWBA event happening near you.


Invest Ottawa is the lead economic development agency for knowledge-based industries in Canada’s Capital, facilitating economic growth and job creation in the City of Ottawa.

Invest Ottawa delivers venture development and global expansion programs and services that catalyze the growth and success of entrepreneurs and firms. These include: small business training; mentorship; acceleration for technology firms; foreign business and investment attraction; local business retention and expansion in targeted sectors; commercialization; and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy.

The Ottawa Construction Association is one of the largest regional construction associations in Canada and the voice of Ottawa’s non-residential construction industry.

OCA is an effective voice for members before all levels of government, promoting suitable and desirable legislation affecting the construction industry. We work to maintain and promote industry best practices that respect the principles of fairness, ethics and teamwork.

The City of Ottawa website provides a number of resources to help local businesses interact with the city and provide assistance and growth. Here you will find information about business funding, programs and projects, permits and licenses plus a number of publications and reports to support business strategies.

How to make customer service accessible

These are provincial resources describing how businesses and non-profit organizations can meet the accessible customer service standard by creating a policy and a plan to train staff on how to serve people with disabilities.


Published by the Ministry of Economic Development, these resources that help small businesses get support, information and legal advice as well as create awareness of important provincial regualtions.

Employment Standards

Know your rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act. This guide details minimum wage, hours of work, termination of employment, public holidays, pregnancy and parental leave, severance pay, vacation and more.

Occupational Health and Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace, as well as the procedures for dealing with workplace hazards and for enforcement as needed.

Canada Small Business Financing Program

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to obtain loans from financial institutions because the government shares the risk with the lenders. If you’re a for-profit small business or start-up operating in Canada and you have gross annual revenues of $10 million or less, you may be eligible.

FedDev Ontario Small Business Services

Comprehensive how-to guides about starting a business, including an overview of your options and the steps you need to complete in order to operate in Ontario.

Home-Based Business Considerations

Being able to work at home appeals to a lot of people, but there are a few things to consider before deciding to start a home-based business.