Eating al fresco in restaurants is becoming an integral part of the Ottawa regulation book. Last year, restaurants were allowed to leave in-store while customers could sit far enough apart to meet pandemic restrictions. Mayor Dan Aussem says he wants things to look better. He wants companies to invest in nicer outdoor furnishings than the temporary chairs and picnic tables used last year.

The city also regulates food trucks, charges fees and sets limits. A downtown business can sponsor a food truck in business district C4 up to six times a year, and food trucks can operate in four city parks.