Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas

About 74,000 customers remained without power in the city Tuesday afternoon, and Hydro Ottawa officials said it could be days before the grid is fully restored.
Under the initiative announced last weekend, downtown businesses will be eligible for up to $10,000 to cover non-deferrable operational costs not covered by other federal programs. 
Latest measures aimed at curbing virus's spread will take effect as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday and will remain in place for at least 21 days, the province announced Monday.
Ottawa's longtime mayor – who announced Friday he won't be running for re-election – praised as a "strong advocate" for local entrepreneurs.
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.
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.
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.