Supporting our Businesses is Key to Economic Resilience

Throughout our community the COVID-19 pandemic has brought widespread hardship and tragedy. Individuals and organizations, both large and small, have felt the blow of mass shut-downs taking place across the country. This has left many business owners wondering how they are going to pay their rents, their employees, and how they will ensure that they are still operating on when the economy finally reopens.


During this time of adversity, all levels of government have been working to develop programs and policies that provide a much-needed safety net for new and unprecedented needs. Adequate supports for businesses will be key to Canada’s long-term economic plan, as they are an integral part of our economic resiliency.


Locally, the City of Ottawa has moved to create the Mayor’s Economic Partners Task Force. The Task Force is a partnership between the City, Ottawa Board of Trade, Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas, Regroupement des gens d’affaires, Ottawa Festival Network, and Invest Ottawa. They are focused on identifying emerging business issues brought on by the pandemic, while looking for opportunities to support the local economy now, as well as in the months ahead.


As Councillor Dudas sits on the Economic Task Force, she is working to ensure that businesses, big and small, are having their voice heard to policy makers, as well as can easily find and access the resources available to them.


In this section of the website you will find information from the City of Ottawa, the Federal and Provincial governments, as well as other COVID-19 related business resources.


If you are a business owner and are looking for information not found in this section, please reach out to Councillor Dudas at