As a member, you have access to tools to strengthen your business, including our Social Media Launchpad Program, and Business Mixer series. In 2015, we are developing a “members only” area on our website with tips, tools and links to resources our business members can use.
Nestled at the eastern edge of Ottawa, the community of Orléans is located just 15 minutes from downtown, making it close to Ottawa’s federal government sector and related businesses. The Ottawa International Airport is 20 minutes away, and Montreal is less than 2 hours away. The district runs parallel to Highway 174, providing easy access for your business. Ottawa’s Light Rail Stage 2 project will bring extend light rail into Orléans, to make living and working in Orléans even more convenient.
With Orléans’ highly educated workforce, it has built-in capacity to help support knowledge-based businesses. A significant portion of households speak French at home. With 34 percent speaking French as at least one mother tongue, this makes Orléans one of the most bilingual communities in Ottawa.
The BIA has assembled a team of trusted supports that your business can tap into. Our Executive Director and Board work closely with City staff, local Councillors, business professionals, and community groups.
The BIA organizes and participates in several events throughout the year, which encourage people to explore what our district has to offer. Take advantage of these events, make an impression, and build customer loyalty.
Members do not pay an annual membership fee to be a part of the BIA. Instead, it is funded through a levy as part of property owners’ property taxes. This provides the BIA with steady, secure funding for its many activities and initiatives.
The St Joseph district is prime for revitalization. Growing population, proximity to downtown, Ottawa’s light rail project, designation as an Arterial Mainstreet, and financial incentives like our CIP (see point 4, above) – are converging to support renewal in our district. Our long-term streetscape strategic plan is a more attractive, more walkable complete street for your business.