Buy Local Ottawa: Links to support Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses as the local economy reopens
Ottawa’s small and locally owned businesses are woven into the fabric of the city. To help support as the local economy reopens, useful links and resources are assembled on this page.
- #MyOttawa Pass is Ottawa’s very own local savings passport, complete with an impressive collection of discounts and offers from businesses across the city.
- Shop Ottawa is an online directory of local businesses, products and services.
- Local Eats Ottawa offers a compiled list of Ottawa restaurants offering food delivery or pickup.
- SavourOttawa.ca is a one-stop site on how to buy locally produced food and beverages in the Ottawa region.
- Together-Apart.ca is a resource for the residents of this city to find local spots to order from and support.
- Edible Ottawa to ensure that local food communities remain strong.
- Love Local Delivery to order from Ottawa’s best independent, locally owned and operated food businesses! Easy Scheduled & On-Demand delivery provided by dedicated, carefully vetted and smart-serve trained drivers.
- And links to local BIAs that offer detailed information on local business offerings
Wolfville Farmers’ Market establishes online ordering and weekly delivery service
Shop from 45+ vendors and over 350 local products, then on Wednesday or Saturday pick up orders from a local hub locations in the Valley or HRM. During the State of Emergency due to COVID-19 , there are added steps to ensure safe pick-ups and proper distancing.
The owner of a Toronto-based pizzeria is teaming up with local restaurants on a local delivery service
The idea is a decentralized delivery system, shared and managed collectively by Toronto restaurants, with no commissions or fees. Everyone shares in the costs and the profits.
Radish is an online delivery cooperative based in Montreal that is looking to bring forth a more equitable relationship between restaurants, delivery drivers and consumers.
Radish enables restaurants, drivers and consumers on the platform to have a say in how the platform is operated. This is made possible by the cooperative nature, which means that each member is entitled to a vote in the direction of the organization. Restaurant delivery is being performed in an ethical and socially conscious manner.
IT and e-commerce platform helps restaurants self-manage delivery and takeout
By giving restaurants the tools to do it themselves, restaurants avoid the hefty commissions of current food delivery apps.
Affordable urban delivery service provided to merchants in Montreal
Available to neighbourhood businesses such as bookstores, hardware stores, bakeries, fruit markets. Non-perishable products can be delivered using this new, safe and affordable home delivery service. Delivery people on bikes will pick up orders one to five times a day depending on volume, and deliver them directly to clients’ homes. Maximum cost per item is maximum $5+ tax. Items picked up before 1 p.m. are delivered that same afternoon, after 1 p.m. are delivered the following morning.
Posters that businesses can use to communicate how they are operating: pickup, delivery, in person or online
This is real-life representation of the Riverside BIA Directory, a colour-coded live map which indicates in real time what level businesses are operating at. The colour codes are the same for the map and signs. Green indicates a business that’s open but may have reduced hours and offerings, yellow means a business is open online or via phone only, and red means the business is closed for now.
Together Apart: Platform to support small businesses in the Ottawa region
List & links to businesses that are open and what kind of service they are offering (gift cards, delivery, etc.)
Virtual farmers’ markets: Nine ways to get local produce, grass-fed beef, sheep’s milk gelato and artisanal cheese delivered to Toronto
Many of the Greater Toronto Area’s farmers’ markets and specialty food stores remain closed, a number of local farmers and companies are starting to offer home delivery of fresh-from-the-farm local produce, dairy and meat.
Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources to help support local businesses during pandemic
Downtown Kingston BIA provides resources regarding the local businesses and how they are adapting and how to support businesses that remain open in some capacity.
List of farmers and local food vendors delivering to Toronto
Two versions of this resources exist — a google map https://bit.ly/2RG9thL and a google doc https://bit.ly/2RTM6l1
A platform for supporting local bars and restaurants through the purchase of gift cards
Eatlater helps people to find restaurants, bars, wineries by location across Canada, and support them through thepurchase gift cards.
Supporting Toronto’s Queen Street West local businesses through purchase of “goody bags”
Locals for Local TO is an initiatives to support Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. People can buy “goody bags” for between $80 to $100 (plus delivery). Goody bags include items from local shops like fresh veggies, cookies, coffee and more, and are available for delivery or pick up. A portion of proceeds will go to food banks.
Providing meals to Toronto healthcare workers & supporting the restaurant industry during the coronavirus pandemic
People can purchase a meal to fuel the extraordinary efforts of our city’s healthcare workers and support our local restaurants and their employees with a single donation
Link to open Toronto restaurants that continue to prepare food and deliver it safely
Website organized by city shows businesses that are open/serving
City resources are organized by sector and for each business approach to serving is indicated (e.g., pickup, delivery, online)
University Health Network’s OpenLab helping vulnerable seniors by mobilizing volunteers to deliver groceries and other household essentials
The Friendly Neighbour Hotline connects seniors living in low-income housing in Toronto to a network of volunteers who can help with picking up groceries, household essentials and food bank items. The service gives priority to seniors living in low-income housing.
Crowdsourced google map showing Canadian bookstores that deliver
Clickable map of Canadian with links to Canadian independent books stores that offer delivery
Virtual farmers’ markets: Nine ways to get local produce, grass-fed beef, sheep’s milk gelato and artisanal cheese delivered to your door
Links & description of services for each farm-based company participating in delivery services in the Greater Toronto area
Canada’s largest Muslim youth group offering help for seniors and vulnerable residents during COVID-19 pandemic
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association announced a nationwide Neighbourhood Helper campaign, with Muslim youth offering services to Canadians who need assistance with picking up groceries and filling prescriptions. The group says volunteers will also be there to provide overall moral support.
The DreamMind Group launches Operation Ramzieh initiative, assembling and delivering food boxes to seniors
The deliveries use vehicles provided by DreamMind and other companies, and the help of volunteers. Essential food and other items are being purchased by the team at cost.
“Shop in the Heart” is a COVID-19 response platform organized by the Downtown Edmonton BIA
Site organized by the Edmonton Downtown Business Association showcasing downtown restaurants, retailers and other businesses who have found a way to deliver their goods and services to the people of Edmonton. Includes those businesses offering online classes or streamed services, gift cards, virtual appointments, equipment rental, delivery or curbside pickups and food specials such as custom meal boxes. Some businesses are offering deep discounts and specials during this time, or free items, donations & specials to first responders and hospital workers.
WhatsForDinner is a food delivery service in Innisfil which provides online ordering and delivery for local restaurants which do not normally provide these services themselves
WFDT has provided our drivers with sanitizer, and the debit machines are being cleaned between every delivery. Contactless delivery & payment via e-transfer is also available upon request.
New web portal for St. Catharines restaurants and businesses ready to serve with pickup and delivery services
Includes links to restaurants, groceries and shopping
Local entrepreneur starts ‘Hamilton Helpers’ website that invites business people and others to post offers to help in the community
The idea is to promote services and products that local small businesses can continue to offer in alternative and safe ways, while extending a helping hand to the community in the COVID-19 era. So far, offers have included everything from reduced rates for dog walking to free mental health counselling, to complimentary front porch delivery of biscotti.
Scarborough youth program is helping feed vulnerable families during the COVID-19 outbreak
Time to Talk–Uncovering Youth Experiences, a Scarborough-based youth organization launched the Hearty Food Initiative, an effort to address food insecurity at the grassroots and community levels, and support the youngest members of the community and their families during the outbreak.
Medical students supporting community health and accessibility in Edmonton and Victoria
Bag Half Full was started by University of Alberta medical students and is expanding, most recently to UBC Victoria. Services include shopping and delivering groceries and household items for the elderly and people who are immunocompromised.
Local BC Drag Queens Will Deliver Food And Wine To Your Door
A local LGBTQ+ bar in Kelowna is having B.C. drag queens deliver food and wine right to your door. By changing the business model and keeping employees safe the restaurant is offering delivery service, but with a twist.
Tourism Vancouver makes improvements to its website during COVID-19
The website now provides information and maps on open restaurants offering takeout/delivery across Vancouver
Aid Local not-for-profit initiative helping Canadian small businesses during COVID-19
The website includes a map and directory of businesses that have gift cards for sale or are delivering during the COVID-19 pandemic, to give people a way to support them during this time. Supported by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the BBB of Southern Alberta.