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April 16, 2015

The City of Ottawa is hosting the 12th annual AccessAbility Day

Save the date.

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Ottawa residents of all abilities, older adults, service providers and business owners who share an interest in accessibility are invited to celebrate the City’s 12th annual AccessAbility Day.  Residents are invited to provide input into the City’s new multi-year (2016 - 2020) accessibility plan. Participants can also choose between a variety of activities such as consultations on the accessibility of City parks, cycling and pedestrian facilities and presentations on the City’s Accessibility Design Standards or participate in Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act training.

Please save the date to attend this event.

Stay tuned to Ottawa.ca for more information about the event and how to register.

April 15, 2015

Transit Service adjustments during Confederation Line construction – Transitway closure Hurdman to Blair

Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission, and John Manconi, OC Transpo General Manager, delivered a technical briefing today on the transit service adjustments required for the construction of the Confederation Line in the east end of the city. While many transit customers will not be affected by the construction, the City has invested $74 million in mitigation measures to minimize the impacts to those who will see a change to their commute in the east end of the city.

The technical briefing provided details on the transit service adjustments during the construction of the Confederation Line and how these adjustments will affect transit customers’ commutes. Starting this June, the Transitway will be closed between Blair Station and Hurdman Station to allow the construction of the Confederation Line. This section of the Transitway will remain closed until May 2018 when the Confederation Line officially opens for service.

“We thank customers for their patience as we work to deliver this significant city-transforming project,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “These adjustments are necessary so we can continue to build a world-class light rail transit system that will greatly benefit our families, our economy, and our environment for generations to come.”

The mitigation measures include the construction of bus-only lanes on portions of Regional Road 174 and Highway 417, the acquisition of additional buses, the implementation of a new route in the east, and an integrated traffic management response team involving Public Works, Ottawa Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

“These measures will ensure that the level of service matches the expected ridership demand and that there continues to be sufficient capacity on the system for all customers,” said Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission. “The aim is to maintain key connection points as well as keep transit routes as close as possible to current routes.”

A comprehensive communication program will be utilized to ensure that all customers are aware of the upcoming changes in a timely manner. Customers are encouraged to look for “Our Transit Future Is On Track” messages starting soon.


April 1, 2015

Open House: Complete Streets (May 5)

The City of Ottawa invites you to an Open House to learn more about Complete Streets and the plan for implementation within our city.

Wednesday, May 5
Jean Pigott Place, City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
5 to 8 p.m., Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Transit routes 5, 6, 14 and Transitway Routes

Complete Streets integrate physical elements creating an environment of safety, comfort and mobility for all users of the street regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation. In the November 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, recommendations were included to support the development of Complete Streets.

The Implementation Framework will recommend a process for transportation projects: •That ensures a Complete Streets approach
• That is sensitive to the unique aspects of specific areas
•That identifies road users and their various modes of transportation

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call 3-1-1 or e-mail the project lead below before the event.

For further information about this project and/or to submit comments, please contact:

Colin Simpson, MCIP RPP Senior Project Manager Transportation Planning Branch
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1
613.580.2424 ext. 27881
E-mail: colin.simpson@ottawa.ca

March 31, 2015

City of Ottawa again among nation’s top diversity employers

For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Ottawa has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in a national competition that recognizes organizations that do the most to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The winners were announced in a special feature published in today’s Globe and Mail.

“I am proud to see the City recognized for actively supporting and advancing diversity and inclusion and for embracing different views and new perspectives,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “It is important that people feel safe, valued and respected in their workplace and in our City. That commitment is helping us to extend and improve the services we provide to all our residents.”

Now entering its ninth year, the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes the leading organizations when it comes to creating inclusive workplaces for employees from diverse groups.

Employers are selected by the editors at Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation’s largest publisher of specialty employment periodicals and guides, based on submissions to the annual Canada’s Top 100 Employers competition, now in its 16th year.

In particular, the City of Ottawa was recognized for:

  • Its partnership with Hire Immigrants Ottawa to bring together employers and immigrant-serving agencies.
  • Developing an immigration strategy, which includes the Annual Immigrant Entrepreneurship Awards and the Professional Internship for Newcomers program.
  • Organizing Diversity Cafés where employees can discuss experiences and issues involving diversity.
  • Hosting an annual AccessAbility Day to celebrate accessibility and inclusion.

“Diversity makes organizations more robust, innovative and adaptive,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “We are continually looking for ways to improve services, accessibility, and our business practices to better respond to, and reflect, our community’s diversity.”

In the last year, the City of Ottawa has also been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers.

March 25, 2015

City invites feedback on Confederation Line West Extension

The City of Ottawa invites residents to take part in a public consultation on Monday, March 30 about plans for the Confederation Line West Light Rail Transit (LRT) Extension.

The City and the National Capital Commission (NCC) Working Group recently announced an agreement in principle that would allow a portion of the LRT extension between Dominion and Cleary stations to be fully buried under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The public consultation about the recommended corridor will take place in Jean Pigott Place at City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West) and will offer residents the opportunity to learn more about the proposal and to provide feedback. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m., including a presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The preferred integrated transit solution meets the NCC’s criteria while protecting the Byron Linear Park and Rochester Field and meeting the City of Ottawa’s affordability requirements. The solution also:

  • Maximizes greenspace by re-instating existing Parkway lanes of traffic closer together
  • Develops a park of national significance along the shoreline
  • Protects the trees and landscaped buffer between the Parkway and adjacent urban areas
  • Enhances existing pathways and creates new pathways and two new crossings under the Parkway
  • Reduces annual bus trips on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway by more than 450,000
  • Increases useable shoreline park space by 38 per cent

The Western LRT extension is one of three environmental assessment studies currently underway as part of Stage 2: the City’s plan to add 19 new stations and 30 kilometres to our LRT network, extending it farther east, west and south by 2023.

A further public consultation to review the overall recommended plan for the Stage 2 Confederation Line West Extension is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29. Additional information about upcoming and future public consultation opportunities, project updates and contact information can be found on ottawa.ca/stage2. Materials presented at all public consultations will also be posted on the website for those unable to attend.

March 23, 2015

Seasonal load restrictions start for heavy vehicles serving Ottawa

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 23, seasonal load restrictions are in effect. Commercial vehicles or trailers with a gross vehicle weight in excess of five tonnes or 11,000 lbs. per axle are prohibited on roads where restriction signage is posted, and on all truck routes identified as restricted on the Truck Route Maps (Urban Truck Routes and Rural Truck Routes).

These restrictions also apply to all non-truck routes. Heavy vehicles that exceed weight limits on restricted load roadways during the spring thaw period will be subject to fines.

During the spring thaw period, some roads cannot withstand heavy vehicle loads. Every year, the City monitors thaw progression by utilizing the forecast temperature data to calculate the Thaw Index. When the Thaw Index reaches its threshold value, the load restrictions are imposed. Once the pavement strength has been restored, the load restrictions are removed.

For further information, please visit ottawa.ca

March 16, 2015

Where parents go to get in the know – Ottawa Public Health launches new online parenting initiative

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) launched a new interactive web portal today to help parents access relevant, reliable and local parenting information online.

The Parenting in Ottawa portal was developed in response to the increasing use of the web to find information, support and community resources. Research shows that a large majority of parents are using online channels to find information and to stay connected with other parents. Parenting in Ottawa is designed to cover everything from planning for a family to getting through the teenage years.

“This newly launched Parenting in Ottawa portal will complement many of the services already offered to Ottawa parents,” said Councillor Shad Qadri, Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health. “Ottawa Public Health is a national leader in providing timely and relevant online health information to residents, and this new tool is a great addition to their toolbox.”

Parenting in Ottawa provides access to credible, evidence-based information in easy-to-navigate formats. Parents and families will learn about local community resources and events and be able to connect virtually with experts from various organizations. Furthermore, parents will also have access to the recently launched and very popular Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page; where parents can interact live with other parents and with a Public Health Nurse weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“For parents, each stage in a child’s development has new rewards, but also new challenges. We wanted to create an online space that supports all parents, is highly interactive and is easy to use,” said Sherry Nigro, Manager of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Ottawa Public Health. “Another of our objectives is to connect people with local community resources.”

“As a first-time mom, I'm always looking for great parenting and health-related advice. The Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page provides a reliable resource to parents in Ottawa,” said Sara Zahiri, active user of the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page. “It’s nice to have a local resource that parents can depend on to get accurate, current information on parenting issues.”

This web portal will provide access to parenting information on subjects such as:

  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • the growth and development of your child
  • mental health
  • when to worry, when not to
  • healthy eating
  • immunization
  • how to talk to your child and teen about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • how to talk to your child and teen about puberty and sexuality
  • community services for your family

For more information on pregnancy and parenting, please visit ParentinginOttawa.com or call the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744. You can also follow OPH on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

March 11, 2015

City seeks nominations for 2015 Bruce Timmermans Cycling Awards

The City of Ottawa is inviting residents to submit nominations for the 2015 Bruce Timmermans Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that proactively and publicly promote the benefits and virtues of cycling as a principal mode of transportation.

Nominations are sought in both the individual and organizational categories and must be received by end of day on Friday, March 27.

A long-time cycling educator and advocate, Bruce Timmermans was an active member of the Ottawa Bicycle Club and a founding member of Citizens for Safe Cycling. He worked tirelessly to promote cycling and the City has presented these awards in his honour every year since 1999.

Printable and online forms can be found at ottawa.ca/bta along with details on how to submit nominations.

March 9, 2015

NCC–City Working Group achieves breakthrough agreement for the alignment of the western light rail transit extension

A Working Group comprised of representatives from the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Ottawa has reached an agreement in principle that would allow the City’s western light rail transit (LRT) extension to be fully buried under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. This integrated solution meets the NCC’s conditions and the City of Ottawa’s affordability requirements, while advancing the creation of a waterfront linear park.

This innovative solution was achieved following an intensive 100-day review process, led by a working group consisting of three city councillors, four NCC Board members, the City Manager and the NCC’s CEO.

This group began meeting in December 2014, with the goal of finding a mutually satisfactory solution for the western extension of Confederation Line between the Dominion and Cleary stations.

Supported by technical and urban planning expertise, the Working Group developed two viable and fully buried tunnel options: one under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, and one passing through Rochester Field and under the Byron Linear Park.

The recommended alignment would see the western LRT fully buried under a reconstructed and realigned Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The NCC Board members of the Working Group believe that this buried option meets the two NCC Board of Directors’ conditions: to provide unimpeded continuous access to the corridor lands and shorelines, and to have minimal impact on the landscape quality and experience. It also meets the City’s objectives of protecting the Byron Linear Park, and the existing green corridor through Rochester Field from Richmond Road to the waterfront, while remaining within the project budget envelope.

This solution to run the LRT extension under the realigned westbound and eastbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between the Dominion and Cleary stations would produce the following results:

  • the existing lanes of traffic would be reinstated closer together and directly above the fully buried rail line in order to create a new “stacked” transportation corridor to maximize the amount of continuous green space through the corridor and along the waterfront;
  • lands and landscaping elements would be restored;
  • a park of national significance would be developed along the shoreline;
  • the mature forest would be retained and enhanced;
  • pathway additions and enhancements would be created, with two new crossings under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway into the future linear park;
  • an eventual reduction would be achieved of nearly 500,000 bus trips annually on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway; and
  • a total of 38 percent more usable shoreline parkland would be made available.

As part of the agreement, the Working Group will remain in place to resolve land use issues for the City of Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project, and will oversee a joint value-engineering exercise to contain costs within the City’s affordability envelope for this extension.

This agreement will be submitted for approval to the NCC Board of Directors at its next public meeting. The City will provide an opportunity for the public to review the preferred option and provide feedback at an open house event on March 30. This feedback will be considered as part of the ongoing environmental assessment process for the western LRT extension.

“I am pleased with the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by the Working Group,” said Russell Mills, chair of the NCC Board of Directors, “The NCC has continuously supported light rail transit as both a city-building and a nation-building project, and this creative solution reinforces our strong ongoing working relationship with the City of Ottawa.”

“This is a historic agreement that comes as a result of a very constructive dialogue over the past 100 days. I want to thank all of the Working Group members for their hard work and creativity, which has led to the identification of this solution,” said Jim Watson, mayor of Ottawa. “This solution is an important part of the City’s Stage 2 LRT project, which will help us deliver reduced commute times, cleaner air and a stronger economy.”

“Allow me to thank the Working Group for its 100 days of hard work and the report with which it all culminated,” said Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans. “I have only just received the report and look forward to studying its two options and the recommendation. Ottawa has strong advocates in the current federal government. I look forward to reading, studying and analyzing the report and working with all concerned toward the best outcome.”

February 27, 2015

Register now for Older Adult Plan Consultation and Celebration

Mayor Jim Watson will host a consultation event, funded by the Province of Ontario, to help shape the City’s Older Adult Plan 2015-2018 and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the current plan since it was adopted in 2012.

Date:    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Time:  10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place
110 Laurier Avenue West

Lunch will be provided.

Register for this consultation and celebration at ottawa.ca/olderadults or call 3-1-1.

The Older Adult Plan was adopted in October 2012, reinforcing Ottawa’s commitment to becoming an age-friendly and caring community. Among the accomplishments to be celebrated are:

  • Improved accessibility of buildings and outdoor spaces, including the installation of benches
  • Improved access to supports for vulnerable older adults who have low incomes or are socially isolated
  • Additional tailored programming for older adults in the areas of fitness, computer literary and CPR training 
  • Enhanced communication means, including an older adult portal on ottawa.ca and printed guides of City programs and services for older adults

Feedback acquired at the March 18 event will be used to update the plan and ensure it continues to meet the current and long-term needs of Ottawa’s older adults, including access to essential supports, programs and services.

The updated plan will go to both the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council for approval later in 2015.

January 22, 2015

Airport Parkway and Lester Road Widening Environmental Assessment Open House

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Airport Parkway and Lester Road Widening Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to determine the most appropriate means to accommodate and manage increasing transportation requirements related to growth in the surrounding communities and airport lands as illustrated in the key map. An Open House will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall 1265 Walkley Road from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7:00 p.m.) to provide an overview of the study progress to date. This will include an overview of existing conditions, reconfirming the project need and justification for widening as well as an evaluation of alternative solutions. For more information please visit ottawa.ca or contact my office at diane.deans@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2480.

January 5, 2015

City seeks community torchbearer for Pan American Games Torch Relay

As the countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games continues, the City of Ottawa invites residents to nominate a community leader, local celebrity or role model to be a torchbearer for the Ottawa leg of the torch relay that starts in Canada on May 30, 2015.

“The Pan Am torch relay will arrive next summer en route to Toronto, and we want to celebrate a hometown hero with the honour of carrying the Pam Am flame in Ottawa,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The torch relay is an opportunity to showcase our great city on the international stage, while recognizing a local person who has made a significant contribution to our community.”

“This is an amazing chance for our residents to call attention to the inspiring figures around them,” said Councillor Jody Mitic, Sports Commissioner for the City of Ottawa.

The City has been given the opportunity to pick one community torchbearer and the deadline for submissions is January 18, 2015. The selected torchbearer must be at least 13 years of age and a Canadian citizen or legal resident. Nominations can be submitted on ottawa.ca.

The Pan Am flame will be lit during a traditional ceremony in Teotihuacan, Mexico, before it travels to Canada on May 30, 2015. The torch relay will feature 3,000 torchbearers who will carry the Pan Am flame along its 41-day journey as participants share the Pan Am spirit in more than 130 Canadian communities. The flame will be passed for the last time on July 10, 2015, at the opening ceremony of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games.

The torch relay will incorporate alternative modes of transportation, including plane, train and boat, passing through five major cities outside of Ontario. The remainder of the torch relay legs are all in Ontario communities.

At the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, 7,600 top athletes from the Americas and the Caribbean will compete at more than 30 venues located in 16 municipalities across southern Ontario.


December 19, 2014

Holiday season schedule changes

The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes for Thursday, December 25, Friday, December 26 and Thursday, January 1. 

Recreation Services:

  • Sens Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be open throughout the Christmas holidays and will be staffed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, weather permitting. 

The following holiday schedule will apply:

  • December 24 – closed at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Boxing Day – noon to 11 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve – closed at 11 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day – noon to 11 p.m. 
  • Skating Court, located at Lansdowne Park, is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the heated changing facility is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It will be open throughout the Christmas holidays and will be staffed on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, weather permitting.

The following holiday schedule will apply: 

  • December 24 – closed at 6 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Boxing Day – noon to 11 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve – closed at 1 a.m.
  • New Year’s Day – noon to 11 p.m. 
  • Recreation facilities will be operating on modified schedules during the holiday season, including modified swimming, skating and fitness schedules. Most recreation facilities are closed, and public swimming, public skating, aquafitness and fitness classes are cancelled on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details, as some exceptions will apply.
  • Registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled during the holiday season; however, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply. 

Client services:

  • All rural client service centres will be open on a reduced schedule from December 22 to December 26, and will be closed from December 29 to January 2. On Monday, December 22, the North Gower Client Service Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon. On Tuesday, December 23, the Metcalfe Client Service Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon. On Wednesday, December 24, the West Carleton Client Service Centre will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Business will resume as usual on Monday, January 5, 2015.
  • The City’sProvincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Business will resume as usual on Friday, January 2.
  • 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 with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401. 

Garbage, green bin and recycling:

  • There will be no curbside or multi-residential green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will take place on Boxing Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Friday, January 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo will operate a reduced schedule December 21 to January 3. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, service will operate on a Sunday schedule. On Boxing Day, a Saturday schedule will be in effect. On December 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and January 2, service will operate on a reduced weekday schedule. Special school services will not operate from December 22 to January 2. 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, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com. 
  • Again this year, free service will be available on OC Transpo and Para Transpo service after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Customers should check the holiday schedules before heading out, as OC Transpo routes will operate a reduced weekday service on December 31.
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres at Lincoln Fields, St. Laurent and Place d’Orléans stations will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m.; however, will be open January 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rideau Centre sales office will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m., but will be open on Boxing Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613-741-4390) will operate on a reduced hours schedule on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Boxing Day from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Unit (613-842-3600) will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, and will operate on a reduced hours schedule from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 24 and 31. 
  • Para Transpo operations:
  • Customer Service (613-842-3681) will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1 – open regular hours outside of these times.
  • Administration (613-244-1289) will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1 – open regular hours outside of these times.
  • Taxi Coupons (613-842-3670) will be closed December 25, 26 and January 1 – open regular hours outside of these times.
  • Reservations (613-244-7272) – will be open during regular hours. 


  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply during this time.

Ottawa Public Health:

  • The latest Food Premises and Personal Service Settings (tattoo and body piercing studios, hairdressing and barbershops, nail salons, electrolysis and various other services) public health inspection reports are available online 24/7.
  • The Sexual Health Centre and Satellite Clinics will be closed on Christmas Eve Day (December 24), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve Day (December 31) and New Year’s Day. In addition, there are two other satellite clinic closures over the holidays: the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre will be closed on December 29 and the West End Family Care Clinic will be closed on December 30.
  • The SITE office will be operating on the following schedule:  
  • Wednesday, December 24 – 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • Boxing Day – closed
  • Wednesday, December 31 –  8:30 a.m. to noon
  • New Year’s Day – closed 
  • Wednesday, December 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Christmas Day – closed
  • Boxing Day – regular schedule
  • Wednesday, December 31 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day – regular schedule

Cultural services:

  • Karsh-Masson Gallery, Barbara Ann Scott Gallery and OAG (Ottawa Art Gallery) Annex will be open daily as usual throughout the holidays.
  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres and museums will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day; however, clients should check ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm, as some exceptions may apply. 

Archives Services:

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will be closed on December 25 through December 27 and on New Year’s Day. The Rideau branch of the Archives will also be closed on December 30. 

Municipal child care services:

  • City-operated Child Care Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. 

Library services:

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Branches and services will operate normally from December 27 to 30. On December 24 and 31, all library locations, except for some rural branches, which will be closed, will open at their usual time and close at 3 p.m. Visit the OPL website for complete details.

November 25, 2014

Mayor to host annual Christmas celebration at City Hall

Mayor Jim Watson will host the Mayor’s 14th Annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 6 at Ottawa City Hall in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

Date: Saturday, December 6
Time:  2 to 6 p.m.
Location: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Admission: a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank

Families are invited to join the fun at this eagerly anticipated event, celebrating Christmas in a wonderful winter setting. Fun-filled outdoor activities will include ice skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza and a mashmallow roast with plenty of hot chocolate.

Indoors, City Hall will be transformed into a wonderland. Kids will be excited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and make a craft in Santa’s Workshop. Face painting and live performances will be part of the fun as families enjoy special treats from BeaverTails and Lindt.

The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration is made possible by the generosity of the many corporate sponsors. In the spirit of giving and to help those in need, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.

OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

For more information, visit ottawa.ca.

November 25, 2014

Winter overnight parking restrictions will be in effect from November 15 until April 1

The City of Ottawa is reminding residents that winter overnight parking restrictions are in effect beginning Saturday, November 15. These restrictions ensure that the City’s snow-clearing crews are able to keep Ottawa’s roads safe and clear for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, and motorists.

Between November 15 and April 1, when 7 cm or more of snowfall is forecast by Environment Canada, overnight parking restrictions go into effect. These restrictions are automatically enacted, unless the City of Ottawa’s General Manager of Public Works issues an exemption. The City of Ottawa will announce parking restrictions and inform residents if there is an exemption through ottawa.ca and the City’s Twitter account @ottawacity.

When restrictions are put into place, parking will not be permitted on Ottawa streets between 1 and 7 a.m.

Vehicles parked on the street when a restriction is in effect will be ticketed. Vehicle owners who have a municipal on-street parking permit are exempt from winter overnight parking restrictions.

Be in the know about snow
Sign up to receive e-mail or Twitter notifications of overnight parking restrictions at ottawa.ca. After you sign up, you will receive an e-mail or Twitter alert via @ottawacity, every time a winter overnight parking restriction goes into effect or is lifted. The service is free and you can unsubscribe at anytime.

You can also find out if an overnight parking restriction is in effect by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or through local media.

When day-time or night-time snow removal operations are planned, temporary "no parking" snow removal signs will be posted before snow removal begins. Vehicle owners are reminded not to park on streets where temporary "no parking" snow removal signs are placed. Vehicles parked during planned snow removal will be ticketed and towed to a nearby street. This restriction applies to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits.

Your safety is the City of Ottawa’s top priority. For more information on winter overnight parking regulations, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).





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