Update from Council - Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Today, Council passed several motions to support downtown residents and businesses affected by the demonstration as they have suffered significant and protracted disruptions. They included some of the follow measures:

  • Exploring deferral of interim 2022 property taxes for affected businesses in areas impacted by the demonstration.

  • Providing a total of $450,000 to affected Business Improvement Areas, Business Associations and the Ottawa Markets Corporation to support business resumption, encourage customer visitation, and highlight main street vibrancy.

  • Approving a funding contribution of $50,000 to the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition to deliver an expanded City Sounds outdoor concert series in 2022 to support ongoing economic recovery in the areas impacted by the demonstration.

  • Expanding no-charge transit to include service on O-Train Line 1 as of Friday, February 25 and continuing until 30 days after the City’s State of Emergency ends.

  • Approving free parking at City-owned lots at 210 Gloucester Street, 234-250 Slater Street, 422 Slater Street, 70 Clarence Street, 142 Clarence Street and 110 Laurier Avenue West. The free parking would be in effect from Friday, February 25 through Thursday, March 31.

  • Declaring Monday, March 14 as a second Valentine's Day in Ottawa to promote downtown businesses.

To learn more, you can read the full list on the City of Ottawa.

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