Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars!

Even though you won’t find us gathering in large groups just yet, we are still planning some pretty cool virtual events. Stay tuned for upcoming BIA events here.

Past Events

June 10, 2021 - BIA Happy Hour

“Happy hour is the best hour.” — Unknown

Let’s be real. There are some weeks when your work schedule can be rough. Maybe you’re in back-to-back meetings, or you have had difficult customers you’ve dealt with all day long or maybe you’re just simply “COVID tired”. The only thing that’s getting you through it all is the glorious happy hour at the end of the tunnel. 

Before COVID-19, we would be heading to our favorite spots in the BIA to catch up, or we would have gathered the whole gang to check out a new spot that has truly Insta-worthy cocktails. Either way, you know there were two things on the agenda: Ordering up some drinks and apps, and kicking back and relaxing. So the BIA’s Member Engagement Team has decided to recreate this realty… virtually. It’s a work in progress but we are perfecting it as we go. Cheers!

Join us for the next Happy Hour on June 10th between 5 and 7 PM. It promises to be a fun evening complete with munchies and music! Enjoy some delicious complimentary wings on us, from our friends at The Royal Oak and live music with local musician, TJ Morrison (well… as live as you can get on Zoom!)

What can you expect from Happy Hour?

  • Simple. A couple of stress-free hours of fun and entertainment. 
  • An opportunity to connect and get to know your business neighbours in a relaxed environment. 
  • An unforgettable drink demo and recipe provided by a crowd-pleasing local bartender. Don’t worry you can follow along to create your own with the ingredients below!
  • Some yummy munchies from a popular local restaurant provided by the BIA.
  • Live music with a local musician.

Registration, entertainment and featured drink ingredients

Featured Drink

Note: You can register anytime for this event but if you would like to take advantage of the wings, please let us know by midnight on June 7, 2021.

If you have any questions about our latest Happy Hour, please reach out to the BIA Office via email and if you would like to learn more about our BIA and what we do, we encourage you to have a peek at the about section of our website.

Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

You are likely aware that CIPs are put in place to renew and revitalize urban areas, encourage the best use of space and promote pedestrian/cycle friendly and vibrant streets. The City of Ottawa has been working hard to combine the best of both worlds by introducing one new CIP that will replace the two existing CIPs in Orléans.

Are you interested in seeing how you might tap into these tax breaks? There is a Public Consultation scheduled on Wednesday, June 2 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM via Zoom.

May 27, 2021 - Reopening Workshop, 1-2 PM

Business Reopening Workshop: Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa By-Law will provide information on the re-opening of businesses in this workshop being held on May 27th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. The session will focus on: 

  • Reopening slowly & safely
  • Lessons Learned
  • Safety Plan
  • Framework introduction with key points
  • Public Health Measures
  • Q&A

The recording of the workshop can be found here

May 19, 2021 - A Budget Discussion, 7-8:30PM

Brought to you by the Heart of Orléans BIA in partnership with MPP Marie-France Lalonde

On April 19, 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, presented the government’s budget which: 

  • extends existing COVID-19 emergency business supports to September 25, 2021 and introduces the Canada Recovery Hiring Program 
  • provides immediate expensing of up to $1.5 million per taxation year of capital property acquisitions to Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs)
  • enhances Canada’s mandatory reportable transaction disclosure rules, subject to public consultation
  • provides further details of a proposed digital services tax, to be effective January 1, 2022
  • reduces corporate tax rates on eligible zero-emission technology manufacturing and processing income
  • limits the deductibility of interest by corporations, trusts and partnerships to a percentage of tax-basis EBITDA 
  • enhances the Canada Workers Benefit
  • amends and clarifies proposals on the application of Goods and services tax/Harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) to e-commerce
  • proposes a new tax on the unproductive use of Canadian housing by foreign non-resident owners   

Are you wondering how this new budget will affect you and/or your business? Please join us on May 19th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM for a closer look at the 2021 Federal Budget. 

MP Lalonde will review the relevant pieces and provide additional insights on the impact the 2021 Federal Budget will have on Orléans residents and small businesses.

Click here for the recording.

March 25, 2021 - BIA Happy Hour, 5-7

Join us for our first happy hour of the year on March 25th between 5 and 7 PM. It promises to be a fun evening complete with munchies and music! Enjoy some delicious complementary wings on us from Taproom 260 and live music with local musician, Cory Ell! (well… as live as you can get on Zoom!)

Our member engagement Chair, André Grzela also promises an unforgettable drink demo for the featured drink of the night! Don’t worry you can follow along to create your own with the ingredients!

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