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Feds announce $20 million to support Ottawa businesses impacted by downtown demonstrations

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Ottawa businesses impacted by the ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration will be eligible for $10,000 in federal funding to help cover operating costs.

The federal government has announced up to a $20 million investment to provide “non-repayable contributions” to Ottawa businesses who have suffered losses during the three-week blockade.

The Rideau Centre and several small businesses and restaurants have been closed since Jan. 29, when vehicles began blocking downtown streets to protest COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
The Retail Council of Canada estimated the first seven days of the closure cost the Rideau Centre $19.7 million in lost revenue.

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