Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses are woven into the fabric of our city.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to every facet of Ottawa residents’ lives. These are challenging times for everyone.
Many local businesses have had to close their brick-and-mortar stores, but many are adapting to continue to serve their customers during this period of uncertainty.
We want to keep Ottawa’s local business community vibrant and resilient. You can help make a difference by supporting them today.
- Whenever possible, buy locally
- Order from local businesses online
- Purchase gift certificates now to use later
- Order meals for takeout or delivery
- Send messages of support on social media
The City of Ottawa, the business community and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) offer some resources for you to use and share with your family, friends, neighbours and communities.
Please watch our video and share it then scroll down to see a list of resources.
Let’s support Ottawa’s economy. Buy local now!
City initiatives to support the local business community
Economic Partners Task Force
On March 16, Mayor Jim Watson struck an Economic Partners Task Force, co-chaired by Councillor El-Chantiry, with partners from key local business organizations:
- Mark Kaluski, Chair, Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)
- Sueling Ching, President and CEO, Ottawa Board of Trade
- Lise Sarazin, directrice générale, Regroupement des gens d’affaires (RGA)
- Michael Crockatt, President and CEO, Ottawa Tourism
- Carole Anne Piccinin, Executive Director, Ottawa Festival Network
- Michael Tremblay, President and CEO, Invest Ottawa
The City of Ottawa, through this task force, will continue to identify emerging business issues and opportunities to support our local economy now and in the months ahead.
Interim Property Tax Grace Period for All Property Owners
The interim tax bills, which represent 50 per cent of the previous year’s tax bill, were mailed to property owners in mid-February with payment to the City of Ottawa due Thursday, March 19, 2020. The City will be extending a payment grace period to April 15, 2020. More information on property tax bills can be found on the Taxes homepage on ottawa.ca.
New 2020 Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program
The City has implemented a new 2020 Property Tax Hardship Deferral Program for residential property owners and small business property owners (assessed property value of up to $2.5 million) that have been financially affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deferral application is available on ottawa.ca and extends the interim (March 19) and final (June 18) tax due dates to October 30, 2020.
Buy local now please!
Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses are woven into the fabric of our city. To help you support them during these challenging times, we’ve assembled useful links and resources on this page. Please support them today in any way you can. Thank you!
Keep Ottawa Awesome
Keep Ottawa Awesome, an initiative launched by local tourism entrepreneurs, allows customers to buy online gift certificates, without expiry dates, to small businesses that provide awesome activities in Ottawa
Amy Karlin, an Ottawa Content Creator, has launched an open-source directory of Canadian small businesses who could use support
Bytown Bites, an Ottawa Food Blog / Ottawa Restaurant Guide, is promoting restaurants on their instagram account that are offering takeout/delivery
Brew Donkey, a local beer tour company, is cataloging which breweries in Ottawa are open and have options for delivery and pickup:
@apt613, an award-winning Ottawa-Gatineau arts and culture blog, is posting information on their website and social accounts on how to continue accessing arts and culture in Ottawa
Shop Ottawa is an online directory of local businesses, products and services.
CTV has a list of stores, restaurants and other services open in Ottawa on their website (last updated March 22)
Local Eats Ottawa
Local Eats Ottawa offers a compiled list of Ottawa restaurants offering food delivery or pickup.
SavourOttawa.ca - your one-stop site on how to buy locally produced food and beverages in the Ottawa region.
Local Business Improvement Area (BIA)
For up-to-date information on local businesses across the city, check out these Business Improvement Area (BIA) social accounts:
- List of businesses offering take out/delivery as well as online shopping
- ByWard Market Retail/Services: Online Shopping & Gift Cards
Carp Village BIA
- Downtown Rideau ONLINE Store to Support Local Businesses at a Safe Distance
- Downtown Rideau AT-A-GLANCE services available for take-out, delivery, online, gift cards and more
- Restaurants dishing up great take-out in the Glebe
- Grocery stores, pharmacies remain open in the Glebe to serve your needs amid COVID-19
- How to support Manotick businesses through COVID-19
- COVID-19 toolkit for small and medium businesses