Canada Day activities and schedule changes
The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for the Canada Day weekend.
- Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, July 3.
- The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Canada Day. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, July 3.
- The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY: 613-580-2401).
Green bin, recycling and garbage collection:
- Curbside green bin, recycling and garbage collection will take place on its regular day with no changes to the collection schedule.
- Multi-residential garbage and recycling container collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day with no changes.
- All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.
- OC Transpo (link is external) is offering free service all day on Canada Day and operating a special holiday schedule with extra service during the day and after the fireworks. O-Train Line 2, the Trillium Line, will run throughout the day and all evening, until 1 am. Routes that normally run on Sundays will be in service, with the addition of Route 91 to Orléans after the fireworks. Call 613-560-1000, or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number, for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, visit octranspo.com (link is external) or phone 613-741-4390.
- The Rideau Centre Customer Service Centre office will be open from 10 am to 6 pm. Customer Service Centres at Lincoln Fields, St-Laurent, and Place d’Orléans will be closed.
- Transit Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 7 am to 9 pm
- OC Transpo Customer Relations (613-842-3600) will be closed.
- Para Transpo is offering free service on Canada Day. A holiday service will operate on July 1 and July 2. Regular subscription bookings will be automatically cancelled. Customers may book trips for Canada Day by calling 613-244-7272.
- Para Transpo operations:
- Customer service (613-842-3681) – closed
- Administration (613-244-1289) – closed
- Taxi coupons (613-842-3670) – closed
- Reservations line (613-244-7272) – open 7 am to 5 pm
- Trip cancellation and general inquiries (613-244-4636) – open 6 am to 12:30 am
- Consumer fireworks may be discharged on the day of, day before or the day after Canada Day – Sunday, July 1. Fireworks displays must be directly supervised by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner.
- Minimum safety distances as indicated on the fireworks product must be maintained from spectators, buildings and vehicles. The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.
- The sale of consumer fireworks, except on Canada Day and the seven business days immediately preceding Canada Day, is prohibited in the City of Ottawa
- Firecrackers are prohibited from being used or sold in the City of Ottawa or Province of Ontario. Anyone selling, purchasing or using firecrackers within the City of Ottawa is in violation of the Fireworks By-law as well as provincial law.
- Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-lawon ottawa.ca for further details.
- Some outdoor pools, indoor pools and fitness centres will be open for public swimming, fitness schedules and aquafitness with modified schedules.
- All beaches, splash pads and some wading pools, will be open, weather permitting.
- Most registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.
- Public skating will be offered at Jim Durrell Recreation Complex on July 2.
- City of Ottawa summer camps will not be operating on July 1.
Ottawa Public Health:
- The Sexual Health Centre and Satellite Clinics will be closed July 2.
- SITE program:
- The SITE mobile van will be operating during the day from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, July 1
- Site office at 179 Clarence Street will be closed Monday July 2; however, the SITE mobile van will be operating on a regular schedule from 5 to 11:30 pm
- The Dental Clinics and Parenting in Ottawa Drop-ins will be closed.
- The Ottawa Public Health Information Centre will be closed; however, you can call and leave a message and inquiries will be responded to within one business day. You can also connect with us online for the latest health information on OttawaPublicHealth.ca.
- Celebrate Canada Day at your local historic site!
- Pinhey’s Point Historic Site
- Billings Estate National Historic Site
- Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
- Fairfields Heritage House
- Karsh-Masson Gallery and the City Hall Art Gallery at City Hall will be open.
- The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed from June 30 to July 2. They will be open as usual on Tuesday, July 3.
Municipal child care services:
- All Municipal Child Care Centres will be closed on Monday, July 2.
- All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library(link is external)will be closed on Monday, July 2. All OPL branches are closed on Sundays starting on June 10, 2018 until September 2, 2018, inclusive.
Canada Day activities and schedule changes
The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents that schedule changes will be in place for Canada Day. Visit the City’s website to view the complete list of impacts to the services listed below.
- Client services centres
- Garbage, green bin and recycling collection
- Transit services:
- Recreation services:
- Cultural services
- Archives services
- Ottawa Public Health
- Municipal child care services
- Library services
For more information:
OC Transpo’s summer service starts Sunday, June 24. Several changes will be made to help us get ready for rail and the opening of O-Train Line 1, the Confederation Line, later this year. Other summer service changes include adjusted schedules and seasonal reductions to reflect the lower demand for service as the school year ends and customers take summer vacations.
Customers should visit octranspo.com and use the travel planner to see if their regular trips are affected.
Getting ready for rail
Many of this summer’s changes are being made to improve connections to future O-Train Line 1 stations.
- Route 11 – Modified to serve Tunney’s Pasture Station via Holland Avenue, and removed from Westboro Station, McRae Avenue, and Churchill Avenue
- Route 11X – Renumbered as Local Route 151 and extended from Westboro Station to Tunney’s Pasture Station via Scott Street
- Routes 17 and 18 – Extended to the future location of Parliament Station on Queen Street
- Route 48 – Extended to Hurdman Station on weekends
- Routes 63 and 64 – Extended to Tunney’s Pasture Station during the midday and evening on weekdays, and extended all day on weekends
- Route 80 – Shortened in peak periods to end and start at Tunney’s Pasture Station
- Route 86B – Renumbered as Local Route 86
- Route 86C – Renumbered as Local Route 89 and shortened to end and start at Tunney’s Pasture Station at all times of the day
- Route 92 – Extended to Hurdman Station on weekends
Other service changes:
- Route 66 – First trip in the morning extended to Innovation Station
- Route 174 – Limited Saturday service will be reduced to operate with one northbound trip and one southbound trip due to low ridership. These two Saturday trips will also be renumbered as trips on Local Route 82.
Service will continue to be detoured around roadwork on Queen Street, affecting Routes 4, 9, 12, 17, and 18. Routes 283 and 301 will continue to be detoured around roadwork on the Richmond Bridge in the village of Richmond. Customers traveling on those routes should allow themselves extra travel time.
Special Service to Recreational Destinations
Summer weekend service returns on Route 129 to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, on Route 139 to Petrie Island, and on Route 185 to the Experimental Farm and Canada Agricultural Museum. Buses run every 30 minutes during the day on weekends, including on holidays.
Free Service on Canada Day
Transit is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city with free service all day on OC Transpo and Para Transpo. A special schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks. Customers can also visit the OC Transpo information booth located at Confederation Square on July 1 if they have any questions about transit service on Canada Day.
More Presto options in Ottawa!
Using Presto just got easier. Customers can now buy and load Presto cards instantly at more than 60 Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores locations across the city. The full list of stores is available at octranspo.com. Customers can also set their Senior, Youth, and Child discounts at these retailers. Presto cards sold at these locations are the new black design and work the same way as the green cards and new white and red Ready for Rail cards. Presto cards can still be purchased and loaded online, at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres and select City of Ottawa Client Service Centres, and at ticket machines at Greenboro, Mooney’s Bay, Carleton, and Carling O-Train stations.
Reminder: Paper tickets have expired
Paper tickets are no longer accepted for travel on buses. Use Presto e-purse or cash instead—it will cost the same or less. On Para Transpo, use ParaPay or cash. At all O-Train stations except for Bayview, use the new ticket machines to buy single-ride tickets for immediate use. Customers are being provided a final opportunity to exchange old non-refundable paper tickets towards new fare products at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres until August 31, 2018. After this date the tickets are no longer valid or exchangeable. Clean out your sock drawers!
Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four‑digit bus stop number, or by using the OC Transpo iPhone app or other independent smartphone apps.. For more details, travel planning assistance, and new timetables, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com. Printed timetables are also available at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres.
Tickets are now available for the Mayor’s Canada Day Celebration for Seniors, which will take place on Sunday, July 1 from 8 to 10:30 am at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park.
The sponsored event with Mayor Jim Watson includes breakfast served until 10 am as well as door prizes and live entertainment. Please note that there is no reserved seating and tickets and entry bracelets are required for entry and to claim door prizes.
Free tickets and entry bracelets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 21245, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets and entry bracelets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last, with a limit of two tickets and bracelets per person.
A limited number of VIP tickets and entry bracelets will be available to couples celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary in 2018. These tickets are available by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext. 21245.
For additional information about the event, call 3-1-1 or visit ottawa.ca.
The new Traffic and Parking By-law (No. 2017-301), and corresponding set fines approved by the Ontario Court of Justice, will take effect on June 1, 2018. The current by-law (No. 2013-530), will be repealed and replaced as per the recommendations in the Traffic and Parking By-law Update 2017 report, approved by City Council on September 13, 2017.
A significant change in the new by-law relates to the current 3-Hour Parking Rule, as it applies to weekends and statutory holidays. Under the current by-law, on weekends and statutory holidays, motorists are only allowed to park for three consecutive hours (between 7 am and 7 pm), on streets where there are no parking limit signs. As of June 1, 2018, on weekends and statutory holidays, motorists will now be allowed to park for up to six consecutive hours (between 7 am and 7 pm) on streets where there are no parking limit signs.
Starting Monday, May 28 the following location will offer Presto services in the Ward
Loblaws: 1460 Merivale Road