Small businesses in the city would like to see their loans wiped off the books to help them crawl out of the hole they dug through the pandemic.
Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas
New rules would translate into an annual discount of about $1,000 for a business property assessed at $600,000 that now pays about $15,000 a year in taxes.
Eatery owners argued the 10-customer, one-size-fits-all cap was unfair to owners of larger establishments.
Organization says already-thin profit margins in the beleaguered sector have been stretched to the breaking point during the pandemic.
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Promotions are designed to spur residents to spend money at locally owned enterprises.
“It breaks my heart when I see the people who are suffering the most financially and mental health-wise," veteran marketing expert Michelle Groulx says.
Mark Kaluski says the province needs to crack down on big-box retailers such as Costco and Walmart if it really wants to get the virus under control.
Executive director of the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas believes the concerns of small businesses have been falling on deaf ears, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
OpenSafe Ottawa says its members are planning to march from City Hall to Parliament Hill on Saturday morning to deliver a message to all levels of government: 'We're not respected.'
Several business advocates are challenging the government to produce evidence showing a connection between their operations and the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.