Many people have been asking me about the new vendor program, so here’s a rundown on the new licenses, and a sneak peek at what we can expect to see on our streets this spring!! (All legal information is courtesy of Philip Powell, Manager Licensing, Permits & Markets with the City of Ottawa.)
Last fall the City of Ottawa announced that they would be issuing 20 new street vendor permits in 2013. A selection committee comprised of volunteer representatives from The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA), The Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation, Savour Ottawa, Just Food and Ottawa Public Health will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria…
1. Business Plan & Experience – 20 Points
Provide a business plan including information on the following: business profile and the marketing, operational (including staffing) and financial plan.
Applicant’s qualification &experience – 15 Points
Provide a resume or description of previous business experience, experience in food service industry, street vending or related. Provide evidence of Food Handler certification or future intention to attend this training.
Unit design & commissary details – 15 Points
Describe the proposed cart or truck and the commissary (where food will be prepared if not just in truck or on cart) including photos, layouts and design of the unit.
* It is not recommended that you purchase a vending unitand/or enter into an agreement with a commissary until you have been assigned a designated space.
2. Menu and Contribution to Ottawa’s Food Scene Menu Diversity & Innovation – 40 Points
Provide the menu with item descriptions and price. Explain how the menu/concept reflects the diversity of our City and will contribute to Ottawa’s street food scene. Also provide details on environmental impact and the use of healthy, fresh and local ingredients.
* Please note that significant changes to the menu must be reapproved by the Selection Panel.
Overall Readiness/Participation – 10 Points
Describe how quickly the operation can be up and running and the proposed months, days and hours of operation.
TOTAL SCORE 100
Note: A total score of at least 70 points is required to pass the evaluation
process. Applicants will be offered one of 20 designated spaces being allocated
for 2013 based on highest score and the availability of spaces.
These permits include both carts and trucks.
Generators WILL be permitted on the trucks. Although this is contrary to current municipal by-laws, Mr. Powell indicated that the city is in the process of revising this legislation. Furthermore, the approved locations are not equipped with a power supply so generators will be a necessity.
The selection process has now begun. Many established restaurants and/or restaurant owners have applied as well as some new entrepreneurs. The group appears to be very diverse, from Indian to Southern Soul Food.
Successful applicants will be offered spaces until February 15, 2013
Locations for the new carts are listed here, on the City of Ottawa Website. This pages also provides links to the complete application package for further details.
So Ottawa, what do you think of the selection process and potential new vendors? Are you excited for the spring or hesitant that the program will not be as successful as hoped? What type of food would you really love to see on out streets?