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Increased enforcement planned for downtown Ottawa this weekend

Updated: Jan 31, 2023


January 26th update: Increased enforcement planned for downtown Ottawa this weekend

Ottawa – The City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service are working together to ensure City by-laws regarding parking, noise, litter and fireworks, are respected during anticipated events in downtown Ottawa this weekend.

Special parking restrictions will be in effect downtown between Friday, January 27 and Sunday, January 29. Residents and visitors are advised to follow posted signage and to park their vehicles accordingly.

City of Ottawa By-law and Regulatory Services (BLRS) will have additional officers in the downtown core, ensuring all parking regulations are observed. All vehicles found violating these regulations will be ticketed and towed.

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 and traffic updates

There are no traffic closures planned as a result of this weekend’s events although the Ottawa Police Service may impose temporary closures to manage large volumes of traffic if necessary to ensure the lawful flow of traffic or public safety. Drivers should anticipate delays in the downtown core.

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

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 this weekend’s events 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 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.

For more information on City programs and services, visit, call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or 613-580-2400 to contact the City using Canada Video Relay Service. You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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