OTTAWA – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says the 19 Business Improvement Areas (BIA) in Ottawa, including two in West Carleton are “a significant voice for our small businesses.”

Mayor Watson proclaimed Nov. 12 BIA Day in Ottawa today (Nov. 12) to highlight the work these associations do to support Ottawa’s small businesses. During the challenges of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to recognize their contributions to Ottawa’s economy and to our community. 

“Ottawa’s BIAs are a significant voice for our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy,” Watson said. “I encourage all Ottawa residents to support Main Street businesses and our small business community, especially during these difficult times.” 

A BIA is an association of commercial property owners and tenants who work with the City to create thriving, competitive and safe areas that attract shoppers, diners, visitors and new businesses. The Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas (OCOBIA) and the 19 BIAs in Ottawa collectively represent more than 6,400 businesses who employ 120,000 people. 

In West Carleton there are two BIAs – the Carp Road Corridor BIA serving the light industrial section between Carp and just past Highway 417 as well as the Village of Carp BIA serving the local business community within the village.

The BIAs provide valuable programs and services to support the growth of Ottawa’s business community. In 2019, BIA members contributed approximately $7.3 million within their respective districts towards beautification, promotion, cleanliness and safety, in order to improve the visitor and resident experience and enhance business growth. 

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 311 (TTY: 613-580-2401).