We are on the verge of an economic evolution. Our opportunity to thrive lies in the collaboration and creativity of businesses, consumers and government.

 

#OttawaNEXT is designed to empower and engage local businesses and community leaders as we embark on the next phase of our community growth plan and prosperity.

Information overload? Keep it simple!

#OttawaNEXT connects YOU, your business and your employees to information and opportunities—so you can scale, compete in the new economy and make an impact.

Apply for Assistance | Save Costs
Overcome Barriers | Know the Facts

Use this at-a-glance framework to level up your business and our community. You can narrow your search by clicking on the filter tabs above the colourful boxes.

Information overload?
Keep it simple!

#OttawaNEXT connects YOU, your business and your employees to information and opportunities—so you can scale, compete in the new economy and make an impact.

Apply for Assistance
Save Costs
Overcome Barriers
Know the Facts

Use this at-a-glance framework to level up your business and our community. You can narrow your search by clicking on the filter tabs above the colourful boxes.

Reports and Media

Reports and Media

For an easy, at-a-glance overview of news releases, official letters and proclamations, please visit the Reports page on our main Ottawa Board of Trade website.
The Ottawa Board o...Read More

Reports and Media

Reports and Media

For an easy, at-a-glance overview of news releases, official letters and proclamations, please visit the Reports page on our main Ottawa Board of Trade website.

The Ottawa Board of Trade (OBoT) is the voice for all businesses in Ottawa. Review the results of OBoT's advocacy, collaboration and leadership in 2020—what we've achieved for businesses despite and since the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Results for Ottawa Businesses

2020 Results for Ottawa Businesses

The Ottawa Board of Trade (OBoT) is the voice for all local businesses.
Review the results of OBoT's advocacy, collaboration and leadership in 2020—what we've achieved for busi...Read More

2020 Results for Ottawa Businesses

2020 Results for Ottawa Businesses

The Ottawa Board of Trade (OBoT) is the voice for all local businesses.

Review the results of OBoT's advocacy, collaboration and leadership in 2020—what we've achieved for businesses despite and since the COVID-19 pandemic.

OBoT's dedicated business leaders meet regularly to collaborhate and strategize how to help businesses launch, pivot, grow, and thrive. Their strategic input is cannelled into action plans that contribute to policy decisions at every level of government.

To learn more about the mandates, action plans, news, and committee members for each of our task forces, councils and committees—and what OBoT is doing for businesses just like yours—please click on the links below.

Capital Build Task Force

CEO Council

Council on Gender Equality

Economic Growth

Environment & Sustainability

Membership & Engagement / Ambassador Corp. Sub-Committee

SME Council

Talent Development / Immigration Sub-Committee

Transportation & Infrastructure

Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals

To join our Committees, Councils or Task Forces, contact info@ottawabot.ca.

Digital Main Street (Ottawa/Eastern Ontario)

Digital Main Street (Ottawa/Eastern Ontario)

Digital Main Street
If you have a bricks and mortar business and were hit hard by COVID-19, Digital Main Street can help—especially if you are looking for ways to promote yourse...Read More

Digital Main Street (Ottawa/Eastern Ontario)

Digital Main Street (Ottawa/Eastern Ontario)

Digital Main Street

If you have a bricks and mortar business and were hit hard by COVID-19, Digital Main Street can help—especially if you are looking for ways to promote yourself and sell online.

Digital Main Street (DMS) connects main street businesses to the most innovative, affordable digital providers.

Not only will you receive a free digital "how to" guide to help you grow your business, you can also:

— Get an online store built for you, for free.

— Learn digital skills and apply for a $2,500 grant for your business.

— Access free workshops and training on topics relevant to your learning needs and learning curves.

— Get free, dedicated support from a team who will help you complete your assessments, review recommendations, and activate free and easy tools.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and would love the support of a local team that can help you understand what digital products and services are available and most affordable for you, take a look at what free support and grant money are available to you.

Get started with Digital Main Street

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is a dynamic, hands-on workshop geared to provide companies with access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts, giving the...Read More

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is a dynamic, hands-on workshop geared to provide companies with access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts, giving them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector. 

Registration is currently open for the cohort of Fall 2020. Click here for more information.

Shipment Discounts

Shipment Discounts

Freightcom offers small, medium and large-sized businesses an efficient and cost-effective shipping solution with a cloud-based, easy-to-use, software platform. Click here and use ...Read More

Shipment Discounts

Shipment Discounts

Freightcom offers small, medium and large-sized businesses an efficient and cost-effective shipping solution with a cloud-based, easy-to-use, software platform. Click here and use code FC-B66L7 to sign up today!

Postify offers up to 50% off posted prices on shipments through Purolator, UPS and DHL. Use the code OBT to start saving now!

Vehicle Fuel Discounts

Vehicle Fuel Discounts

Get a 3.5 cents per litre fuel discount off the retail posted pump price purchased in Canada at Esso-branded service stations! To set up an account, contact Mario Iniguez at 819-...Read More

Vehicle Fuel Discounts

Vehicle Fuel Discounts

Get a 3.5 cents per litre fuel discount off the retail posted pump price purchased in Canada at Esso-branded service stations! To set up an account, contact Mario Iniguez at 819-962-4465 or mario.iniguez@wexinc.com.

Ontario’s Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

Ontario’s Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is an online workshop program that connects businesses with industry experts for training, mentoring and support. Learn about how your busines...Read More

Ontario’s Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

Ontario’s Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is an online workshop program that connects businesses with industry experts for training, mentoring and support. Learn about how your business can access digital modernization, technological hardware, structural and regulatory alignment, digital restructure financing, as well as marketing and sales support.

This program is completely free for businesses of any size across Ontario. Sign up for the Recovery Activation Program (RAP)

The Promise Canadian Businesses Are Making

The Promise Canadian Businesses Are Making

People Outside Safely Together (POST)
Aide pour un retour en société (Après)
The POST Promise is a commitment by thousands of businesses across Canada to implement and practis...Read More

The Promise Canadian Businesses Are Making

The Promise Canadian Businesses Are Making

People Outside Safely Together (POST)

Aide pour un retour en société (Après)

The POST Promise is a commitment by thousands of businesses across Canada to implement and practise five key steps to workplace safety and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses that make the POST Promise will be able to use and prominently display the POST Promise logo, now a nationally recognized symbol. Make the POST Promise today.

Download POST Promise tip sheets for:

  • Preventing Stigma
  • Reopening Business
  • Screening Tool
  • Agriculture
  • Airline and Groundcrew
  • Construction
  • Correction Facilities
  • Daycare
  • Delivery Couriers
  • Emergency and Patient Intake
  • First Responder
  • Food Processing
  • Long Term Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Retail
  • Restaurants
  • Transportation
  • Work Camp
Business Reopening Workshops

Business Reopening Workshops

The Ottawa Board of Trade has partnered with Ottawa Public Health, the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas and the City of Ottawa to bring you the Business Reopening Wo...Read More

Business Reopening Workshops

Business Reopening Workshops

The Ottawa Board of Trade has partnered with Ottawa Public Health, the Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas and the City of Ottawa to bring you the Business Reopening Workshops. Each workshop provides sector-specific considerations for a safer reopening, addressing topics such as health and safety guidelines, planning for physical distancing, use of cloth masks, etc.

Arts and Culture Organizations and Facilities

Sports and Recreation Organizations & Facilities

Visit the archive of workshop recordings for past topics, such as:

Business Reopening: Construction & Manufacturing

Business Reopening: Personal Services

Business Reopening: Day Camps and Child Care

Business Reopening: Restaurants and Food Services

Business Peer Groups

Business Peer Groups

Every business in Ottawa has been impacted by COVID-19—some more than others. We are all trying to figure out what the new world will look like and how to seize new opportunities...Read More

Business Peer Groups

Business Peer Groups

Every business in Ottawa has been impacted by COVID-19—some more than others. We are all trying to figure out what the new world will look like and how to seize new opportunities.

No one company or organization has all the answers, but we believe that, collectively, we can find the answers together. The Ottawa Board of Trade has launched a city-wide peer mentoring movement.

If you would like to be part of a group that matches your needs and objectives, please complete the Business Peer Groups online application form, open now until October 1st.

Home & Auto Insurance Discounts

Home & Auto Insurance Discounts

Ottawa Board of Trade members have access to special programs and offers through Cowan Insurance Group, including preferred rates for home and auto insurance. Email ottawabot@cowa...Read More

Home & Auto Insurance Discounts

Home & Auto Insurance Discounts

Ottawa Board of Trade members have access to special programs and offers through Cowan Insurance Group, including preferred rates for home and auto insurance. Email ottawabot@cowangroup.ca to learn how you can save.

Office Supplies Discounts

Office Supplies Discounts

Through the purchasing power of the Ottawa Board of Trade, Grand & Toy extends preferred pricing to all Board of Trade members. Save on average up to 25% off competitor pricin...Read More

Office Supplies Discounts

Office Supplies Discounts

Through the purchasing power of the Ottawa Board of Trade, Grand & Toy extends preferred pricing to all Board of Trade members. Save on average up to 25% off competitor pricing. Get preferred pricing on select categories including coffee and tech accessories. Plus save over 30% on paper! Sign up for Grand & Toy’s exclusive savings program or email ericfoley@grandandtoy.com for a personalized service experience.

Credit Card Processing and Payment Solutions

Credit Card Processing and Payment Solutions

When you need credit card processing and payment solutions, contact Max Braden at 613-324-8786 or mbraden@cpos.com to learn more about how to modernize the payment experience for ...Read More

Credit Card Processing and Payment Solutions

Credit Card Processing and Payment Solutions

When you need credit card processing and payment solutions, contact Max Braden at 613-324-8786 or mbraden@cpos.com to learn more about how to modernize the payment experience for your customers. Max can introduce you to options offered by First Data (Fiserv.) Merchant Services.

For example, the Clover Flex wireless payment terminal has features that include point of sale (POS) integration, online reporting, employee tracking, gift/loyalty, and more.

Ready to create your online store? Contact Max Braden at 613-324-8786 or mbraden@cpos.com to learn how e-commerce can be a smart move for your business not just in the present moment, but also in the long term once physical distancing rules are relaxed.

Financial, Insurance and Tax Webinars

Financial, Insurance and Tax Webinars

Helpful links:
Practical Guidance to Digitizing Your Finance Function
Managing Your Cash Flow
Managing Debt in a Time of Uncertainty
Government Assistance and Tax Measures
Acc...Read More

Group Insurance Plan

Group Insurance Plan

The exclusive Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is the #1 group insurance plan for small businesses.
More than 30,000 SMEs have signed up for this plan to protect their em...Read More

Group Insurance Plan

Group Insurance Plan

The exclusive Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan is the #1 group insurance plan for small businesses.

More than 30,000 SMEs have signed up for this plan to protect their employees with comprehensive group benefits coverage options: extended health care benefits, dental, critical illness, disability, life/accidental death and dismemberment, employee assistance program (EAP), business overhead expense (BOE), Chambers Plan Group Retirement Solution.

Self-employed? They’ve got you covered as well!

No minimum firm size, no industry restriction, guaranteed participation, stable rates, customized benefit options.

Bartering Program

Bartering Program

BarterPay® is an organized bartering platform that helps businesses across Canada get the things they need without having to use money. Instead, they can pay for those things usin...Read More

Bartering Program

Bartering Program

BarterPay® is an organized bartering platform that helps businesses across Canada get the things they need without having to use money. Instead, they can pay for those things using their own goods and services!

Covid-19 Statistics (Ontario)

Covid-19 Statistics (Ontario)

Helpful Links:
A Framework for Reopening Our Province
Ontario Government Framework...Read More

Covid-19 Statistics (Ontario)

Covid-19 Statistics (Ontario)

Covid-19 Statistics (Ottawa)

Covid-19 Statistics (Ottawa)

Helpful Links:
Daily COVID-19 Dashboard
COVID-19 Spread and Containment in Ottawa
Find a COVID-19 Assessment Centre...Read More

CAA North & East Ontario

CAA North & East Ontario

CAA North & East Ontario (CAA NEO) offers members of the Ottawa Board of Trade a Corporate Membership program with both employer-paid and employee-paid options. Exclusive incen...Read More

CAA North & East Ontario

CAA North & East Ontario

CAA North & East Ontario (CAA NEO) offers members of the Ottawa Board of Trade a Corporate Membership program with both employer-paid and employee-paid options. Exclusive incentives include Emergency Roadside Service, travel, home and auto insurance products, and expert trip planning from CAA Travel Professionals. Get instant awards and savings through the CAA Rewards® program. Please contact Michael Browne, Corporate Sales, at mbrowne@caaneo.on.ca or 613-820-1895 ext. 6297.