City advises of storm-related service impacts, encourages postponing all non-essential travel

Due to the hazardous weather, the City of Ottawa is advising of service impacts for December 23.

Environment Canada has issued a weather alert for the Ottawa area with up to of 10 to 15 cm overnight, switching to rain Friday morning. The freezing rain expected during that transition will create increasingly icy and slippery conditions on the roads and highways. Wind gusts of 70 to 90 km/h will cause widespread blowing snow which will significantly reduce visibility.

Recreation and Cultural Facilities

All recreation and cultural facilities will be closed on Friday, December 23 and all drop-in activities, programs and rentals will be cancelled.

Other City facilities

All other City facilities, including City Hall and Mary Pitt Centre, will remain open with the exceptions listed below.

Counter services

All Client Service Centres and all other City counter services will be closed. Please visit for how to obtain services remotely and online. Civil Ceremonies scheduled on this day will not be impacted.

Municipal child-care services 

All Municipal child-care centres will be closed.

Ottawa Public Library branches

All Ottawa Public Library Branches will be closed. All bookmobile stops and homebound deliveries are also cancelled. Due dates and holds pickup dates will be extended.

Waste and recycling collection

At this time, the City is not anticipating an impact to residential waste collection as a result of the weather event. Residents can stay informed of curbside collection delays by signing up to receive notifications through the Ottawa Collection Calendar app; download the mobile app or register for alerts and updates.

Transit Services

OC Transpo customers should plan ahead and anticipate possible delays. Stay informed by following OC Transpo at is external) or Twitter(link is external).

Parking ban

A significant weather event has been declared and a parking ban will be in effect from 10 am on Friday, December 23 to 7 am on Saturday, December 24.

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