Federal department that hosts annual celebration is also seeking bids for a contractor to provide pyrotechnics, fireworks, music and a minimum of 200 drones for a performance on July 1.
It will be the 12th time Ottawa has staged the country's premier figure skating event.
The Department of Canadian Heritage, which runs the popular winter festival, says it is moving all programming online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Industry hopes local ‘guests’ will become tourism ambassadors, encouraging out-of-town friends and family to visit Ottawa
Downtown convention facility that attracted more than 63,000 out-of-town visitors in the 2019-20 fiscal year has seen its revenues plummet during the pandemic.
'I think we're going to see more Canadians staying within our borders, which will be amazing.'
Lansdowne Park, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa among venues.
Organization says limits on the size of public gatherings and other measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 would “interfere” with spectators’ enjoyment of the event.
Toronto-based carrier blamed the latest deferral on a recent surge in COVID-19 cases and ongoing travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.
With the city still in the grip of COVID-19, organizers of the popular annual event said they made the difficult decision to plan a virtual event again out of an abundance of caution.