How to support Vanier businesses through COVID-19

For visitors and residents: Check out our growing list of online stores; essential businesses; shops offering curb-side pickup or delivery; and the neighbourhood restaurants offering takeout or delivery.

For businesses: If you are a Vanier business that has made changes to your business operations as a result of COVID-19, please email <> and tell us what you are doing differently. We will work at sharing that information via social media; and will update this page to include your message.

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Public health information

Stay updated through Ottawa Public Health at or call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Check COVID-19 information with reliable sources to be sure you have accurate information.

Essential services remain open

The Ontario government has ordered most workplaces to close; and continue their operations through online and innovative business models—more on that below! The complete list of essential businesses allowed to remain open for visitors includes, but is not limited to:

  • grocery stores
  • pharmacies
  • restaurants for takeaway and delivery only
  • food banks and shelters
  • post offices
  • veterinary clinics
  • gas stations
  • automobile repair
  • beer, wine and liquor stores

How to support local during COVID-19

  • Purchase food from local shops and producers when possible
  • Get your coffee beans and teas from cafes in the neighbourhood
  • Order meals to-go or takeout and delivery from restaurants
  • Buy merch from local shops or businesses online
  • Purchase gift cards to use at a later date
  • Amplify local businesses on social media, leave them a review and share their posts

Buy gift cards

Visit our Shopify store to browse for gift cards. Before the Ontario government ordered closures, many Vanier businesses opted to close in the interest of community health; to limit the spread of COVID-19. You can support your favourite businesses directly by purchasing gift cards for future use. 

Online services and shopping

So many Vanier businesses are still open or offer online shopping and services—and this list is growing as more businesses shift to online models and adapt to COVID-19 for the safety of their employees and customers.

If you own a business we can add to this list, please email <>.

Restaurants offering takeout and delivery

Thankfully, we can still buy meals from local restaurants for takeout or delivery.

If you own a business we can add to this list, please email <>.

Seniors only shopping hours

The following businesses have introduced a seniors-only shopping hour to reduce the risk of exposure:

  • Metro (Beechwood) 7am–8am daily
  • Loblaws (McArthur) 7am–8am daily; no ID required; also for people with disabilities
  • Hess’ Your Independent Grocer (Montreal) 7am–8am daily; 65+ with proof of ID

Prescription deliveries

These neighbourhood pharmacies can fulfill prescriptions online or by phone; and offer free delivery:

  • Guardian Drugs (Beechwood at Crichton) by telephone 613-749-4444 with free delivery for prescription items. Deliveries of store and over-the-counter items cost $5 for orders less than $20, unless you are also buying prescription drugs, in which case delivery is free.
  • The new Beechwood Whole Health Pharmacy at the Kavanaugh Condo Building will fulfill prescriptions by phone and deliver for free: 613-842-7455 ask for Peter.
  • Jean Coutu: Open and ready to refill prescriptions and offers a small selection of groceries. Call 613-749-5957 or click here
  • Pharmacie La Paix: Offers general prescriptions and free delivery. Contact them at or call 613-744-5800
  • Pharmasave:  Offers eCare where you can manage your prescription needs online. Contact them at 613-422-8181 or click here
  • Shoppers Drug Mart: On montreal rd. at Vanier Parkway you covered when it comes to medice and basic grocery. Call them at 613-842-7544. or Order online on Instacart.  You can also get beauty and health products sent to your door directly through Shoppers.

Links and resources for business owners

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

City of Ottawa

Ottawa Police Services
Tips on how to prepare your business for COVID closures
New increased patrols during Covid

Government of Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health

Ontario Ministry of Finance

Retail Council of Canada


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