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Here are the City of Ottawa's Canada Day 2018 schedule changes

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for the Canada Day weekend.

Client services:

  • 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.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo 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 12:15 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 or phone 613-741-4390.
  • The Rideau Centre Customer Service Centre office will be open from 11 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

Traffic impacts

  • Downtown
    • Numerous streets downtown around Parliament Hill and in the ByWard Market near Majors Hill Park will be closed for Canada Day entertainment and fireworks beginning at 6 am July 1 until 2 am July 2. For a complete list of roads, bridges and even pathways, including times, check the list of street closures (link is external) available from the Government of Canada.
  • Kanata
    • Charlie Rogers Way will be closed between Ron Maslin Way and the Kanata Recreation Centre from 8 am June 29 until midnight July 3.
  • Barrhaven
    • Strandherd Drive will be closed during the Canada Day fireworks between McKenna Casey Drive and Borrisokane Road from 9:45 pm until approximately 10:30 pm.


  • 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-law for further details.

Recreation services

  • Some outdoor pools, indoor pools and fitness centres will be open for public swimming, fitness schedules and aquafitness with modified schedules.
  • Public skating will be offered at Jim Durrell Recreation Complex on July 2.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cultural Services

Archives Services

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.

Library Services:

  • All branches and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 2. All OPL branches are closed on Sundays starting on June 10, 2018 until September 2, 2018, inclusive.