As announced Tuesday, the Ottawa Police Service, with the support of the City of Ottawa, has created a motor vehicle exclusion zone in the downtown area, as shown on the attached map. This zone and other measures coming into effect Thursday April 28 at 8 pm are intended to maintain business continuity and ease the flow of traffic while ensuring public safety and security above all.

 

What does ‘motor vehicle exclusion zone’ mean?

  • At this time, the only exclusions to this area are motor vehicles taking part in a demonstration, event, protest or rally.Barricades, heavy equipment or police officers and vehicles will be at various access points surrounding the exclusion zone to filter lawful traffic onto those streets.The roads are not closed – normal traffic circulation is permitted. Motor vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, protest or rally, and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enter and exit the zone.
  • There is no on-street parking or stopping anywhere on roads in the zone area coloured purple (see map), ensuring roadways remain clear for all traffic.
  • On-street parking is available in the zone area coloured yellow (see map) for vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, rally or protest, such as for business patrons and local residents.
  • Any motor vehicles failing to observe road signs will be ticketed and/or towed.

 

Where is parking permitted downtown?

  • Parking within the zone is available in parking lots and garages. These may be busy, so plan your travel times appropriately.
  • On-street parking is available in the zone area coloured yellow (see map) for vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, rally or protest, such as for business patrons and local residents.
  • Public transit is an excellent choice for travel into and out of the core April 29 through May 1.

 

Are there parking restrictions outside the exclusion zone?

  • There may be temporary no-parking and no-stopping areas marked with signage, mostly in neighbourhoods surrounding the downtown core and where congestion is anticipated.
  • By-law and Regulatory Officers will be patrolling streets to enforce parking regulations.
  • Any motor vehicles failing to observe road signs may be ticketed and/or towed.
  • On all other roads, the regular signed parking bylaws will be enforced. For example, any motor vehicle parked for longer than two hours in a two-hour zone may be ticketed.

 

The City of Ottawa is committed to ensuring business continuity; however, public safety and security are its top priority.

Updates

Please keep in mind that delays should be expected and that regulations may need to change over the coming days. For the latest updates and status on the City’s event management on April 29 and 30, visit this ottawa.ca webpage and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Residents can check our online traffic map and the City of Ottawa’s traffic Twitter account for up-to-date information on traffic delays and disruptions.

 

OC Transpo plans to operate on its regular schedules. Stay up to date on the latest transit information by visiting octranspo.com/alerts, calling 613-560-5000 or following OC Transpo’s Twitter account.