COVID-19: Information for Businesses
Dear Downtown Rideau B.I.A. Members,
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to work closely and consistently with all levels of government on the development of protocols and steps that help to keep you, your families, your customers, our member businesses, organizations and employees safe and healthy. This situation is fluid and recommendations from all levels of government are evolving quickly.
Effective midnight March 24, 2020, in accordance with the Province of Ontario State of Emergency requirements, all non essential businesses are required to close: List of Essential Workplace
Support for Downtown Rideau Business
Following recent announcements, we are working closely with the City of Ottawa to establish economic support programs for our business owners, who will be heavily impacted by this next wave of social distancing.
We have created an AT-A-GLANCE list of Downtown Rideau businesses providing services during this time, including food take-out and delivery, on-line shopping and delivery, on-line exercise classes, gift cards and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have services to include.
We created a Downtown Rideau online store (March 21) to list members who have online stores to share on our networks, and include in a City of Ottawa economic initiative for B.I.A.s. If you have an online store, we’d like to include your logo and link you to our store, which is simply a landing page to link to our members’ stores. Our store will reside in a broader on-line store of B.I.A.s that the city and all participating B.I.A.s will promote. To participate, contact email@example.com. Reminder to follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and our website and @DowntownRideau with information to share and update.
Ottawa’s B.I.A.’s are working with other economic development agencies to create long-term, relief funding to support businesses deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rest assured, the Downtown Rideau B.I.A. is contributing to these important discussions seeking funding programs that will incorporate tax relief, grants to help meet fixed costs, loans and sick pay coverage. In the meantime, our local leaders, Mayor Jim Watson, MP the Honourable Mona Fortier, MPP Lucille Collard and Councillor Mathieu Fleury, as well as Senior Business Advisor from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Marcelo Grinfeld have all proactively reached out to provide links to important resources to support business continuity for you and your teams.
Our team has prepared the following resource links for your quick reference:
Government of Canada
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian businesses
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Health Canada landing page
- Business Development Bank of Canada: Support for Entrepreneurs impacted by coronavirus
- Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs
- Export Development Canada
- Employment Insurance and Labour and Occupational Health and Safety Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada
- Health Canada / Public Health Agency of Canada: Twitter, Facebook, Web
- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams.
Provincial of Ontario
- Ontario Ministry of Health – stats and self assessment tool
- Ontario Ministry of Health: Twitter, Facebook, Web
City of Ottawa
- Ottawa Public Health: Twitter, Facebook, Web
- Distress Centre Ottawa is available 24/7 at 613-238-3311
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Pandemic Preparedness for Business
- World Health Organization COVID-19 – Business and Employees
- Travel Restrictions are outlined here;
Credible Sources of Information
Please continue to visit the above credible sources of information and follow updates from Ottawa Public Health, Councilor Fleury and the City of Ottawa for the most accurate information as it becomes available. Our team will continue to post updates to the NEWS page on the DRBIA website with real time information on COVID-19 recommendations as it relates to our businesses.
Finally, I again want to stress that as the #COVID19 situation unfolds, please be mindful of its impact on your #MentalHealth. It’s normal for situations like this to affect you and it’s completely OK to ask for help. If you need support, Distress Centre Ottawa is available 24/7 at 613-238-3311 or dcottawa.on.ca.
Hoping you all stay safe and healthy.
Executive Director, Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area