Street sweeping

The annual spring clean up includes sweeping all paved roads and hard surfaces, to remove debris and materials that have accumulated throughout the winter that could pose dangers to traffic, pedestrians/cyclists and clog catch basins.

Residents are reminded to not rake or blow leaves, lawn clippings or other debris onto the roadway. This is an infraction of the Use and Care of Roads By-law 2003-498.

Street Sweeping is done in several phases:

  • Sidewalks, bus stop pads and medians are cleaned first by a variety of methods using sidewalk sweepers, flusher trucks and hand brooms.
  • City streets are swept by a flusher truck, which uses water pressure to flush the debris to the side of the curbs. A vacuum sweeper truck then picks up the majority of grit, debris, small particles and dust. This operation might be repeated several times to ensure a clean surface. If vehicles are parked on the street, the unswept area is noted and crews will return to sweep that portion. If you think a street has been missed, please call 3-1-1 or visit to complete an online request. 

Street Sweeping in Concentrated Areas:

  • Concentrated sweeping is conducted in core neighbourhoods which include the downtown core, Vanier, New Edinburgh, Sandy Hill and the Glebe. The following new neighbourhoods will also be added to the concentrated sweeping operations this year:  Centretown, West Centretown, Byward Market, Lowertown, Ottawa East, Ottawa South, and parts of Overbrook. These neighbourhoods receive concentrated street sweeping as a result of continuous on-street parking, which prevents effective sweeping. This type of street sweeping is usually conducted between 7a.m. and 7p.m.
  • On-street parking restrictions are in effect in these neighbourhoods between Sunday, April 17 and Friday, April 22, 2016 weather permitting. Temporary “No Parking” signs are posted prominently. The parking restrictions apply to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits. 
  • Concentrated Street Sweeping Schedule - 2016

    Sunday, April 17 – Downtown core, Vanier, Ottawa East, and parts of Overbrook
    Monday, April 18 – Byward Market, Lowertown, Sandy Hill and Glebe
    Tuesday, April 19 – Sandy Hill, Downtown core, and Ottawa South
    Wednesday, April 20 – West Centretown, Byward Market, Lowertown, Sandy Hill, and New Edinburgh
    Thursday, April 21 – Glebe, Vanier, Ottawa East, and parts of Overbrook
    Friday, April 22 - Glebe, West Centretown, and Ottawa South

    *Note that operations are weather dependent and dates are subject to change without notice

  • Vehicles parked where temporary “no-parking” signs are posted could be ticketed and towed to nearby streets. Towed vehicles are usually moved a few blocks to a nearby street.
  • If you are unable to find your vehicle on your own, call the Ottawa Police Service at 613-230-6211 (TTY: 613-232-1123).

 All Street Sweeping operations are weather dependant.