Orleans is a suburb of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada situated in the eastern part of the city along the Ottawa River, about 16 km from Downtown Ottawa. The Heart of Orléans BIA district runs along St-Joseph Boulevard, parallel to Highway 174, from Prestone Drive west to Youville with pockets at Centrum Boulevard, Place D’Orléans Drive, Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard.
Orléans has the highest concentration of bilingual and educated citizens in Ottawa and with 4 LRT stations, it brings an opportunity to make Orléans the perfect business destination.
Orléans’ proximity to downtown, available lands, stunning waterfront, parks and recreation, and exceptional quality of life, all make our community an excellent choice to set up shop.
From a growing and prosperous area, to quality of life and affordability, to advocacy and promotion through our BIA organization, the Heart of Orléans district definitely gives you the Ottawa east advantage.
Want to learn more? The BIA would be happy to meet with you and learn more about your business needs. Book an appointment today.
If you own a business within the Heart of Orléans BIA district, that is in a commercial property, you are automatically a member.
If you own a commercial property within the Heart of Orléans BIA district, or are the owner’s designated representative (such as a property manager), you are a BIA member.
If you own a business in Orléans, but are outside the Heart of Orléans BIA district, you can purchase an Associate membership.
We have several community partners within the Heart of Orléans BIA district, including representatives from all levels of government, not-for-profit organizations, and more.
Have a peek at our Heart of Orléans BIA Map.
The Heart of Orléans BIA is almost 4 km of St-Joseph Boulevard in the Ottawa neighbourhood of Orléans.
If you are new to the area, St-Joseph runs parallel to Highway 174. The district starts at Prestone Drive to the east, and runs west to Youville Drive, with pockets at Centrum Boulevard, Place d’Orléans Drive and Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard.
Be part of our growing, thriving community.
As the easternmost neighbourhood in the City of Ottawa, Orléans is recognized as an ideal community just outside the downtown core. Surrounded by green spaces, and home to one of the most beautiful waterfronts of the Ottawa River, Orléans offers many advantages for locating your business, raising your family, and being an integral part of this vibrant community.
Did you know St-Joseph Boulevard is located in the heart of our community and was once called Ottawa Street?
The first European pioneers arrived in the region in the 1830s and it was in 1856 when Monseigneur Guigues, the Bishop of the Diocese of Bytown, asked Luc Major to prepared a plan subdividing the land along the Ottawa River into Lots 1 and 2. This plan was registered in 1858 and became the Village of St-Joseph’s (Orléans’) first official plan.
A year later, Francois Dupuis, who had owned Lot 3 since 1846, also decided to subdivide part of his property on Ottawa Street – which is now St-Joseph Boulevard. On June 8, 1859, this plan was officially registered and included streets called St. John (now St-Jean), Dupuis (now Dussere) and Scott (now St-Charles) which was named after his wife, Marie-Therese (Mary) Scott.
St-Joseph Boulevard, formerly Ottawa Street, is still going strong today with a mix of both historic and new landmarks.
Originally a Franco-Ontarian town, you can still see the French influence throughout Orléans. St-Joseph Boulevard was named after the Roman Catholic Church, Paroisse St-Joseph, which still is a landmark today. The Boulevard is the original “main street” and continues to be a thoroughfare for Orléans.
Today our neighbourhood is growing, prosperous and increasingly diverse.
Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Here’s how.
There are so many ways that you could add value to the Heart of Orléans, share some great experiences, and feel a part of the community. Here are a just a few. Please reach out if you’d like to talk further.
We have various volunteer opportunities throughout the year, and we can hook you up with organizers of many local festivals and events that could use a little help as well.
The best way to support the Heart of Orléans district is to frequent and support our many shops and services. Enjoy our award winning restaurants, find your service professionals (health and wellness, financial and legal, to name a few), take in a movie, a live show, or join one of the arts and culture organizations in our district.
Did you know about 67 cents of every dollar stays right in our community when you support our local businesses? This has an even greater impact when businesses purchase their supplies locally, hire local staff, and give back directly to community groups and projects.
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We have several teams that work on fun and challenging initiatives throughout the year.
The BIA is governed by a Board of Management, made up of BIA members (members are business owners and commercial property owners in the district). To find out if there is a vacant position, and if you are interested in being part of the Board, please contact our Executive Director.
Our Executive Director would be happy to meet with you and learn more about your business needs. Book an appointment today.