About Us

The Preston Street BIA was formed in 1986 by a few ambitious business and property owners with a vision. It’s goal was to improve the Preston Street Area.

The Preston BIA is very active in one of Ottawa’s most vibrant communities. Our mandate is to improve, promote and undertake projects that will result in a stronger and more competitive commercial main street or business district. With the City’s support, we organize, finance and complete local improvements and promotional events.

Preston Street, affectionately referred to as “Little Italy” is home to festivals, beautiful street architecture, artworks, boutiques and specialty stores and has become one of Ottawa’s most desirable neighbourhoods. It is a community that those who live or work here are very proud to call home.

From humble beginnings… Today, the Preston BIA is steered by a board of directors composed of volunteer business owners and managers who continue to work for its membership and residents.


Little Italy's History

Little Italy has served as the first home for Ottawa’s Italian population in the past, present and future. The area is famous for producing interesting personalities and leading figures in the Ottawa community. Descendants of Irish, French and now the Asian community can also call the area home.

Preston Street is known as Corso Italia – the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy. The area is famous for its Italian heritage and events. Ottawa’s best food is prepared in restaurants noted for top quality service and cuisine. The majority of the businesses are family operated with “an owner in the store” approach to customer service.

Noted for its eclectic clientele you will find that politicians, hockey players and movie stars frequent Preston Street while in Canada’s Capital City! It is noted for having one of the highest rate of return clientele by Ottawa patrons in the National Capital Region.


Live, Work, and Play in Little Italy

Preston street and its surrounding areas have become a community with a vibrant combination of commercial developments including restaurants, shops, stores, theatres, & recreation facilities and mixed-use residences conveniently serviced by public transportation.

The Preston Street area has become a self-sufficient and sustainable urban habitat where everything can be found within walking distance.

The Heart of the Community is a vibrant energetic hub where activities, entertainment, food/beverages and social interaction are the norm for the residents and visitors to the Preston Street area.


Preston Street on television