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Programs and Projects

Business Assistance Program

The Business Assistance Program assists businesses wishing to improve client services in English and French. The program, funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, is the result of a needs assessment undertaken by the City of Ottawa. Small businesses indicated that they needed help to improve their services, advertise their products and recruit qualified bilingual staff. Activities for the Business Assistance Program are now being managed and coordinated by the Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA).

Through this program many businesses and associations including Business Improvement Areas, shopping centres as well as associations related to the hotel industry and chambers of commerce will be provided with practical tools to help them provide services in English and French.

Practical tools

The Business Assistance Program is at your service:

  • Reduced cost translation service – the BAP can cover up to 60 per cent of the cost; it will cost you only 8 cents per word
  • Spoken French workshops, tailored for the service industry; $15 per person for a 3-hour-season in groups of 5
  • Help to recruit bilingual staff. No-cost service in partnership with the University of Ottawa Career Services and Université de Québec en Outaouais
  • A few useful tips and resources

For more information, visit the Business Assistance website at
or contact:

Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capitale nationale
Telephone: 613-744-3037
Fax: 613-744-3572

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Smart Agriculture/ottawaCOIN

Over 80 per cent of the city is rural, with pristine countryside located within the city’s boundaries, less than 20 minutes from the downtown core. Unlike other large urban city’s in Canada, agriculture is part of Ottawa’s fabric and our urban-rural connection is strong. In Ottawa, a resident can purchase locally-grown food at the grocery store, at one of many farmer’s markets, or directly from the farmstead.

Ottawa is unique for a big city, housing 1,045 farms within its borders and over 77,000 hectares of crop land. The city boasts close to 5,000 hectares of federally-owned farmland that is tended to by local farmers and researchers. In 2016, according to OMAFRA, farm cash receipts in Ottawa were valued at $165 million. Ottawa is the only major urban centre in Canada that has the capacity to feed its large and growing population with truly (within its boundaries) locally-grown food.

Ottawa hopes to expand on this capacity in the coming years through smart agriculture initiatives. Ottawa’s long-term vision is to establish an agriculture centre of excellence that will be populated by private and public sector partners, working towards advancing Canada’s agri-food industry. This ecosystem approach will allow new technologies to be brought to market sooner than through conventional methods.

ottawaCOIN will be Canada’s first multiuse testbed focused on addressing sector pinch points through industry-led collaborations. ottawaCOIN will provide a secure space for industries of all sizes to work together with the support of researchers, policy makers and academia. Similar to superclusters, ottawaCOIN will foster a community or cluster approach to bolstering Canadian innovation and the economy.

Core focus areas include:

  • Rural network connectivity
  • Smart City Initiatives
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Data Analytics and Security
  • Environmental Benchmarking

For more information, please visit ottawaCOIN.

Invest Ottawa – Knowledge-Based Talent Program

Ottawa has been a global leader for decades in telecommunications technology. Ottawa is also an extremely affordable place to live and work. For more information on finding an amazing career, please visit Invest Ottawa’s website.

Invest Ottawa – Ottawa L5

Ottawa is home to the first of its kind in North America’s integrated connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) test site. CAVs are poised to revolutionize not only transportation, but the way people live and work. For more information, please visit Invest Ottawa’s website.