BIA News & Updates
Thank you to Past Chair, Mario Giannetti

During the election, Mario Giannetti was unable to attend to stand for election for personal reasons, so he wasn't able to present himself as a candidate and tell you what he accomplished as Chair of the Preston Street BIA Board of Directors.

The newly-elected Board of Directors want to ensure that the membership understands what a huge contribution Mario has made to this area and its success.

Mr. Giannetti has served the businesses of the Preston Street BIA since it was founded in 1986.

In the 1980s, Preston Street had declined as a destination for customers. Many families had moved to the suburbs, houses were reconfigured as boarding houses. Prostitution, drugs and crime were on-going issues in the area. Pride in the area was suffering. As a partner in Preston Hardware, Mr. Giannetti set out to get all the merchants pulling together to improve the area and make this neighbourhood one that we all could be proud of.

With the assistance of some of our founding property owners, Mario led the formation of the BIA to create a partnership with property and business owners to invest their own funds into promotion, beautification, animation and advocacy for Little It aly.

The next major initiative Mario oversaw w as the design and building of the Preston  Street Millenial Arch, which was seen as a statement that Little Italy was a destination of significance.

Under Mario's leadership, the BIA sponsored the Italian Car Parade, Ottawa Ferrari Festival, and Preston Criterium Bike Race-- greatly enhancing the Italian Week finale weekend on Preston Street.

Mario was a key figure in advocating with the City for the beautification project that transformed the landscape of Little Italy.

Mr. Giannetti gave decades of service to the members of the BIA and thousands of hours were spent attending meetings and consultations to ensure the needs of our Merchants were met.

The Board of Directors wants to send sincere thanks on behalf of all the members of the Preston Street BIA to Mr. Giannetti for his leadership and decades of volunteer service to the businesses of Little Italy.

Italian Festival June 14-16, 2019

1. New Bike Race Route for 2019!

-----This year we are trying a new bike race route out that will include the businesses north of Gladstone Street. The new route will run clockwise with the start/finish just north of Preston and Willow. It continues north on Preston to Anderson, to Rochester, to Gladstone and down the hill to Preston Street. Road closures for the Bike Race will start at 7am and end at 3:00pm. At 3:00 pm, Preston Street and Gladstone (from Rochester to Preston) will remain closed for patios and the rest of the course will be re-opened. As well, at 3:00, the rest of Preston Street will be closed from Carling through to Laurel. The course will be alternated each year, this year the north route, and next year it will return to the south part of Preston. See map (Note: Details are still being finalized, so this map is to show the route only, the Stage and Pit will be located on the EAST side of Preston, not as shown.)




2. Patio MeetingMandatory: Wednesday, March 20th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Sala San Marco lower level.


There a many new rules from the City and Province for Patios that you need to be aware of. At this meeting, there will be reps from:

-----Ottawa Police, AGCO, Public Health, Fire Department, and Special Events. 

They will be telling you about new compliance requirements that need to be met for you to serve food and alcohol in the public right of way.

Also at this meeting we will have your license extension applications for your signature and you will be required to pay for your barricades. As well, you will be required to sign a contract acknowledging that you are familiar with the requirements and agreeing to abide by the rules. Upon receipt of the signed contract, license application and barricade cheque,  the BIA will issue a patio extension permit, that must be available at all times when you are serving on the patio.  All patios will be inspected throughout the course of the festival by the Police, AGCO and Public Health. The City has warned us that those found in violation of the rules will not be included in the Letter of Non-Objection next year, which is required by the AGCO for a license extension and businesses that do not serve alcohol be not be permitted to sell in the public right of way.



Friday, June 14: beginning at 4:00 pm. Re-opened at 1:00 am
Patios set up from 5:00 pm to 12:30 am Preston Street from Carling to Laurel, Carling Avenue from Sherbourne to Preston St. 


Saturday, June 15:

Italian Car Parade: 1:00 - 3:00 Preston from Carling to Somerset (Parade starts at 1:30)
For Street festival: 2:30 pm to 1:00 am Preston Street from Carling to Laurel
Patios set up from 3:00 pm to 12:30 am Preston Street from Carling to Laurel
NOTE: No patios are to set up on the sidewalk or street until the road is closed at 3:00 pm.

Sunday, June 16  Note new times and locations
Preston Criterium Bike Race: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm Preston from Gladstone to Anderson, Anderson between Preston and Rochester, Rochester between Anderson and Gladstone, Gladstone between Rochester and Preston, Balsam, Willow and Poplar between Preston and Rochester.
Patios set up from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm Preston Street from Carling to Laurel.
Preston re-opened at 9:30 pm from Carling to Laurel.

Queensway Bridge Replacement Information Meeting: Wednesday, May 1st, 7:00pm, St. Anthony's Banquet Hall

The contract to replace the Queensway Bridge over the O-Train is expected to be awarded shortly, and they will be moving forward with the project this year. We have asked Frank Vanderlaan from the MTO to present the plan to the membership and answer your questions.  This is your chance to learn how it will impact the area, and take steps to minimize the impact on your business.

Other BIA News
Tulip Festival 2019
The Canadian Tulip Festival will be returning to Dow's Lake from May 10th to 20th this year.

The Tulip Festival has provided us with a comprehensive document outlining all aspects of the festival, which you can view at the link below.

Join Mayor Jim Watson at this high-profile breakfast series, where issues vital to Ottawa's prosperity and quality of life are presented. Focusing on issues such as economic development, transportation and the environment, this breakfast series provides an opportunity to network and stay informed.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019:  Ottawa City Hall,  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

Topic:  Working Together for Canada's Economic Future

Speaker:  Goldy Hyder, 
Goldy Hyder is President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, a non-partisan association composed of the chief executives and entrepreneurs of 150 leading Canadian companies. Previously he was President and CEO of Hill + Knowlton Strategies. Earlier in his career he served as Director of Policy and Chief of Staff to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, former Prime Minister and leader of the then Federal Progressive Conservative Party. 

The 2019 OBGS is now live, you can view the page here, 

This survey is presented by Welch LLP & the Ottawa Board of Trade and conducted by Abacus Data, it only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and Respondents who complete the survey can enter themselves into a draw to win an exclusive tasting experience for two at Beckta, valued at $500.
JOA and YSB youth homeless campaign
Joan of Arc Academy (2221 Elmira St) has created an art installation of frozen jeans to raise awareness of youth who are homeless on the streets of Ottawa. The students are working to raise money to fund a room at the Youth Services Bureau Youth Hub. The Youth Hub is unique in that housing and support services will be located in the same building. 

The Joan of Ark Academy is asking businesses to consider either placing a pair of frozen jeans in front of their business to raise awareness of youth homelessness and/or donating to help fund the YSB Youth Hub.
If you are interested in a presentation for your business or other group, JOA has a team of grade 8 students that can attend and present a powerful message about the homeless situation and the Youth Hub the YSB is building. Presentations can be organized through the Grade 8 teacher: ""

Download this document for more info

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