Your neighborhood merchants continue to do their part to keep customers and employees safe and are eager to welcome you back.
We can do our part too! By following safety guidelines and doing some research before we shop to keep our visits efficient, we can demonstrate our concern and care for our small businesses and their employees. Small businesses contribute to the vibrancy of our city and are counting on our continued support.
Before venturing out on your shopping or dining adventure, remember to bring your mask (and maybe keep an extra one handy too), keep your distance while in shops and restaurants, and be sure to follow the latest Provincial and City guidelines. Consider bookmarking the City’s COVID-19 webpage to keep up-to-date on the latest information.
Your research is done!
Ottawa’s neighbourhood Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) are easy to find online and on social media. These local organizations are sharing their love for local spots with great recommendations for stores and services, curb-side pickup, and restaurants offering both in-person dining, take-out and delivery.
Many BIAs also maintain directories of businesses that offer online and in-person shopping experiences. Check out our guide to Ottawa’s BIAs on Instagram.
Once your feed is full of the best your neighbourhood has to offer, you’ll be ready to go!
Here are a few more ideas to support local businesses:
- Whether you're shopping online or in person, choose a small business when you can, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
- Buy food from local shops and producers when possible.
- Get your coffee beans and teas from cafés in your neighbourhood.
- Dine in, order meals-to-go or takeout and delivery from restaurants.
- Buy household basics from local shops.
- Purchase gift cards to use at a later date.
- Amplify local businesses on social media by leaving them reviews and sharing their posts.
Not on Instagram? You can still get the latest news from your local BIAs by visiting their websites and other social media channels or for a quick online reference visit Ottawa.ca/buylocal to find links and resources that will make it easier for you to support local businesses.