The COVID-19 crisis has had a detrimental impact on small local businesses, while many of their large corporate competitors have seen an increase in sales (e.g. Amazon and other corporations that offer well-known delivery services). Making an effort to buy local during this pandemic, then, not only protects many beloved small businesses in Ottawa, it also helps stem growing economic inequality that results when consumption increasingly favours large corporations over local small businesses.
In an effort to support local businesses, Ottawa has initiated a buy local campaign that encourages residents to support their favourite small businesses by taking immediate and concrete steps now:
- Buy from local businesses online.
- Purchase gift cards from local businesses to use later.
- Order delivery or takeout from area restaurants.
- Send local businesses messages of support on social media.
These actions will help local shops, restaurants and services by providing them with critical income during this challenging period. The campaign website is ottawa.ca/buylocal. There, residents will find links to sites listing businesses serving customers virtually or providing takeout and meal delivery.
- If you want to help support our business community in the ward click on the following lists to find businesses that are doing delivery orders or selling gift certificates:
Ottawa Farmers’ Market Association
Unfortunately, our local farmers' markets have been shut down during the pandemic. The Ottawa Farmers' Market Association, however, has published a list of vendors that residents can still order from!:
- adambakes.com | Take out window Saturdays
All About the Soup
- allaboutthesoup.com | Online store
- Almanacgrain.ca | Online store
- backyardedibles.ca | In stores, online coming soon
Burrell Farm- Beans and hot sauce
- email@example.com | $50 minimum orders
- farmgatecider.ca | Online store
Haico's Hot Sauce
- Haicoshotsauce.com | Online store
Kelly's Gourmet Mushrooms
- thefungiconnection.com | Kingston only
- firstname.lastname@example.org | Deliveries March 27
Needhams Market Garden (wine only for now)
- www.needhamsmarketgarden.com | Online store
Pascales Ice Cream
- pascalesicecream.com | Online store
- poppabean.ca | Online store, local delivery
The Great British Pastry and Pie co.
- 613-222-5121 | $75 minimum orders
- email@example.com | Local delivery