What makes the ByWard Market a unique district?
The ByWard Market is a historically rich neighbourhood comprising the oldest outdoor public market in the nation’s Capital.
This neighborhood is also an economic hub for more than 600 small businesses. The district is home to unique products and services reflecting the diversity of Canada’s Capital city.
Help us revitalize the district!
The ByWard Market District Authority (BMDA) supports the community by improving the resident and visitor experience through the curation of public space enhancements, installations, animation, branding, and pageantry.
To bring life to the district, the BMDA is calling on the Ottawa small business community to become involved.
- Organize an event/Activate the space: Whether you are looking to host a community event, a small festival, or are looking to host a marketing event for your business we have some iconic spaces for you to consider. Click to register for an event.
- Small businesses are welcomed: Public markets are a low-barrier entry point for small businesses to attract and nurture a new clientele. Apply to be a vendor.
- Illumination of the Ottawa sign: Looking for a unique way to raise awareness, promote your cause, or celebrate a major achievement, consider illuminating this iconic sign on York Street at the entry of Major’s Hill Park. Click to apply.
- Become a sponsor: As a not-for-profit MSC entrusted to revitalize and steward the City of Ottawa’s historic public markets and the ByWard District, we would be pleased to partner with businesses along the way. Contact the BMDA at if you are interested.
- Showcase your artwork: Looking for a unique exhibition space to showcase your work – Gallery 55 welcomes a global audience through its doors on the second floor of the iconic market hall building. More information about Gallery 55 is .
- Host a community stand: Community stands offer not-for-profits and community groups a space to fundraise, recruit, and get the word out. We would be thrilled to help you spread your vision with not only the residents of Ottawa but a truly global audience as Ottawa’s one tourist attraction. Learn more .