COVID-19, Top Shelf -

What’s been cooking at Makerspace North since Ottawa declared a state of emergency? Well, it goes without saying that we closed to the public and all of our tenants are doing what’s necessary to keep our community safe and healthy—in most cases, working from home. Perhaps most notably, our mixed-use space has been temporarily reorganized to house and support our sister company and tenant, Top Shelf Distillers. They’re answering the Canadian government’s call on businesses to mobilize in the face of immediate shortages of protective clothing, hand sanitizer, and medical equipment due to COVID-19.  The Perth-based distillery (whose talented Ottawa...

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contract workers, COVID-19, economic response, entrepreneurs, financial aid, freelancers, self-employed, small business owners, wage subsidies -

The federal government unveiled its Economic Response Plan last week to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Then, on March 25, the government proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, aka CERB. The benefit is a more streamlined combo of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit with an aim to make it easier for people to apply and receive money, including contract workers and the self-employed. While there are a whole host of relief options for individuals and families that may pertain to your unique situation (e.g. child...

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COVID-19, entrepreneur, Ottawa business, shop local, small business, support local -

We can probably all agree that it’s a strange time right now.  At Makerspace North, we’re doing what we can to keep our community safe and healthy. Many of our tenants have shifted to working from home. All tours, drop-ins, events, meetups & workshops have been postponed. And, our ChitChats drop-spot is suspended until further notice. As you know, many non-essential businesses and services are shutting down across Ottawa as health officials urge self-isolation and social distancing (two of our new favourite buzzwords).  This means that now, more than ever, your small local businesses need your support to help them...

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