Increased presence planned for downtown Ottawa over Family Day weekend

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The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service are working together to ensure any potential protests this weekend result in minimal disruptions to residents, visitors and businesses. There will be an increased police and by-law presence from time to time in the downtown core to ensure laws and City by-laws are respected throughout the final weekend of Winterlude.


Special parking restrictions will be in effect downtown between Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20. Residents and visitors are advised to follow posted signage and to park their vehicles accordingly.

City of Ottawa By-law and Regulatory Services will have additional officers in the downtown core, ensuring all parking regulations are observed. Vehicles found violating these regulations will be ticketed and towed. Exceptions will be made for permit holders and hospitality service loading zones.

Ensuring all other by-laws observed

In addition to parking violations, tickets will be issued to any individual or group in violation of any other City of Ottawa By-law, including:

  • Unnecessary motor-vehicle or other noise, including speakers
  • Construction or installation of structures on City property
  • Public urination and defecation
  • Open air fires
  • Littering
  • Lighting and discharging fireworks

It’s important to note that fireworks are only permitted for use two times per year – Canada Day and Victoria Day and the day before and after those days.

OC Transpo

There are no changes planned to transit services. Stay up to date on the latest transit information by visiting is external), calling 613-560-5000 or following OC Transpo’s Twitter account(link is external).

Ottawa is a safe and inclusive city for everyone

The City of Ottawa is responsible for ensuring residents feel safe in their community and in accessing the programs, businesses, services and supports that the City has to offer. The City values a diversity of minds, perspectives and lived experiences and denounces any displays of hate and racism.

The possibility of demonstrations could be cause for stress and worry. For many individuals, healing from past demonstrations is ongoing. The impact of a stressful event can be immediate or delayed and those affected can feel a range of emotions and reactions. Reach out for help, someone is there to talk. Call the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region (link is external)at 613-238-3311 for services in English or French. This phone line is your connection to mental health support and resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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