Dear Council Colleagues,
My office has been working with our business community stakeholders, along with Councillors Dudas, El-Chantiry and Harder as co-chairs of the Economic Partners Task Force, on a package of measures to support our businesses most impacted by the occupation.
To that effect, we will be bringing forward a number of motions at Council on Wednesday to provide relief and assistance, as well as help attract customers back to downtown businesses and restaurants. These include:
- A targeted property tax deferral program for eligible retail businesses and restaurants in the affected areas (Harder/King)
- Funding to help the most impacted business districts program and market their destinations (El-Chantiry/Fleury)
- Support for the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition to offer local musical performances in the impacted neighbourhoods (Dudas/Leiper)
- An expansion of the no-fare transit service measure that will include all routes that bring customers to and from the affected areas, including Line 1 (Hubley/McKenney)
- No-charge parking for a month on-street and at City garages in the impacted areas (Tierney/Gower)
I want to thank all Councillors for their support of these measures to help our small businesses thrive after this crisis. I also want to thank our staff in Economic Development and Finance for their work and due diligence making sure this assistance gets to those who need it most.