Booking of arenas, parks, sports fields and ball diamonds
City Wide Allocations can provide you with information regarding the rental rates and booking of arenas, sports fields, ball diamonds and park permits. Bookings are done on a first-come-first-served basis.
Staff are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by phone at 613-580-2595, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Some rural sports fields and ball diamonds are administered by local community associations and are not booked through City Wide Allocations. Please refer to the rural facility contacts chart for information on who to contact depending on the location.
Rental of rural halls and buildings
Most city-run recreation centres provide rental information and details about their facility. More information and rates can be found on the Parks and Recreation facility rental page.
However, some rural community associations receive funding to maintain and run programs in city-owned buildings or halls within their communities. Please refer to the rural facility contacts chart for information on who to contact depending on your facility requirements.
The City of Ottawa ensures that all major recreation complexes, administrative buildings, community centres, libraries and long-term care facilities are accessible. For more information, contact the City of Ottawa Accessibility Office.
Rural special event resources
If you’re planning a special event in your community, see all the resources below.
Planning an outdoor special event
The City’s Event Central division has developed an application process designed to help groups identify their needs and approvals required to ensure your outdoor special event runs smoothly.
Municipal alcohol policy
If you are planning an event that involves serving alcohol on municipal property, please refer to the City of Ottawa’s municipal alcohol policy.
The policy outlines the appropriate measures that must be taken by the sponsor hosting an event where alcohol is being served on city premises. The Your Planning Guide to Hosting an Event directs City staff and community partners through the booking process for these events.
Smart Serve® alcohol serving course
The Smart Serve® Ontario program has a responsible service training certificate program for anyone in the province who serves or works with alcohol. Certification courses can be completed online, or through a video training kit (also available in French) which is suitable for individual or group training.
Food premise regulations – farmers markets and community events
On June 15, 2006, the Ontario Ministry of Health stated that farmers markets, service clubs, religious organizations and fraternal organizations or any event open to the public can be exempt from the “rigid requirements of Regulation 562 (Food Premises)”.
Events such as potluck dinners, church suppers, community picnics and bake sales “will be protected by the overly-aggressive inspections from public health officials”. Public health inspectors will advise community groups on food safety.
Requirements for exempt groups
“When high-risk food is served at a special event that does not originate from a food premise that is inspected under the Food Premise Regulation, these organizations are now required to post a notice stating whether or not the facilities have been inspected by the local public health unit”.
Organizers are also required to keep a log of providers of high-risk foods to be given to the local public health inspector upon request. Foods generally considered high-risk are:
- Those that contain raw eggs (i.e. custards, salads)
- Dairy products (i.e. cakes made with whipped cream, cheese or synthetic cream fillings)
- Meat, poultry and fish (i.e. fresh or processed meat, sausages)
Farmers markets are still required to follow the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
For more information, contact the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Certified food handler training
The Food Handler Certification program is an excellent opportunity for food handlers to learn how to prepare food safely.