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Street lights and signs

Find out everything you need to know about street lights and signs: how to find decommissioned street name signs, how to report street lights that aren’t working and the appropriate response times, and how to find locates before digging on your property.

Decommissioned street name signs

Buy your own little piece of Ottawa. Park Place and Boardwalk have nothing on names like Bank Street and Laurier Avenue. You can own any one of a number of Ottawa street name signs.

With the renaming of a number of streets to avoid duplication, many street names from former municipalities have been removed from service. Signs that have been replaced for normal maintenance reasons are also available for purchase. These decommissioned signs can be purchased for $10 each.

Select your favourite signs from the alphabetical list below. Only the signs listed are currently available for purchase. However, the selection will change as old signs continue to be replaced as needed. If the sign you want is not listed, check back periodically to see if it becomes available. All signs are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Purchasing instructions

After you have made your selection, send your request by e-mail to You will receive an e-mail reply confirming your order. Your sign will be available for pick up any time after you receive confirmation. Signs can be picked up at 175 Loretta Ave. N. from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Payments are due when the sign is picked up. The payment will be due in the form of Interac, Visa or Mastercard.

Any sign not picked up within 14 days will be returned to the list of signs available for sale.


(as of 13 January, 2017)

Street Name



Abingdon Dr 3
Alderbrook Dr 2
Aurora Cres 1
Avenue Rd 2
Avondale Ave 1


Barnes Cres 1
Barnstone Dr 1
Basin Ct 1
Bateman Dr 2
Beaudry St 1
Beechwood Ave 1
Bellfield St 1
Belmont Ave 1


Blythdale Rd 3
Braco St


Braddish St


Braeside Ave




Burland St



Cadrian Cir 1
Cameron Ave 1
Camwood Cres 3
Canfield Rd 2
Cannon Cres 1
Carbrooke St 1
Caroline Ave 1
Cartier St 1
Cassels St 1
Catalina Dr 2
Caton St 2
Centennial Blvd 2
Clegg 2
Coltrin Rd 1
Conover St. 2
Conroy Rd 1
Cosburn Ave 1
Costello Ave 2
Cramer Dr 3
Crofton Rd 1


Dalecroft Cres 1
Davidson Dr 1
Delmar Dr 1
Dovehaven St 1
Dresden Cres 1
Duncan Pl 1
Dunes Sq 1


Echo Dr 2
Ellendale Ave 1
Elvaston Ave 1
Emery Crt 1
Estelle Cres 1
Evelyn Ave 1


Forlan Dr 1


Garland St 2
Gatestone Pvt 1
Gibbard 1
Gilmour St 1
Glamorgan Dr 1
Glenbrook Pl 2
Glenbrook Way 1
Glencoe 2
Glendenning Dr 3
Glenmount Ave 1
Grady Cres 2
Grange Ave 1
Greenbank Rd 1


Hallendale St 1
Hare Ave 1
Harmany Ave 1
Harrisson St 2
Herridge St 1
Higgins Rd 1
Horbart Cres 1
Hunt Club Rd  


Innswood Dr. 1


Jansen Rd 4
Jockvale Rd 1



Kayburn Ave.


Keeper Ave


Kent St 3
Keppler Pl 1
Khymer Ct 2
Killeen Ave 1
Kilborn Ave 2
Kingsdale Ave 1
Knoxdale Rd 2


Lambert Dr 1
Landry St 1
Laurier Ave 1
La Verendrye Dr 1
Lavina Cres 1
Lenester Ave 6
Lotta Ave 1
Loyer St  1


MacLaren 1
Main St 11
Manor Ave 1
Mariposa Ave 1
Mason St 1
McClelland Rd 7
McLeod St 1
McNaughton Ave 1
Mid Pines Grover 1
Midland Cres 3
Minto Pl 1
Monterey Dr 3


Navaho Dr 1
Niagara Dr 1
Noren Ave 1




Parkdale Ave 1
Parkhaven Ave 2
Parkhurst Blvd 1
Parkland Cr 4
Plaza Crt 1
Polytek St  1
Prestwick Ave 1
Provender Ave 1




River Brook Rd 2
Riverdale Ave 1
Riverside Dr 1
Roslyn Ave 4
Rozel Cres 1


Saunders Ave 1
Sellers Crt 1
Sellers Way 2
Shadow Crt 1
Shoreline 1
Siskin Ct 1
Somerset St W 1
Southern Dr 1
Spencer St 1
Spikemoss Pl 1
Springdale Cres 1
Springfield Rd 1
Springhurst Ave 1
St. Helen Pl 1
Stevens Ave 2
Stikine Dr 1
Strathmore Blvd


Sunnyside Ave 1


Thornburn Priv 1
Tintern Dr 1
Tormey St 1
Torrington Pl 3
Torsa Crt 1
Trimble Cres 1




Valley Stream Dr 1
Valley View Rd 1
Vercheres St 1



Walkley Rd 1
Wellesley Ave 1
Willisbrook Dr 1
Windsor Ave 1
Woodcrest Rd 3
Woodroffe Ave 1
Wurtemburg St 1




Report a problem with street lighting

The City of Ottawa is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the street lighting system within City boundaries. City staff administer the program and maintain the system through the services of several lighting maintenance contractors.

In order to expedite repairs and reduce confusion, please provide a municipal address that references the street light or sign’s location.

Please call 3-1-1 if the streetlight issue is related to the following:

  • Traffic signals or traffic signs.
  • Hand hole cover open or missing exposing wires
  • Knocked down streetlight
  • Damaged light such as broken glass, hanging arm, Construction activity (square or rectangular cut in road)
  • Missing or loose manhole cover

Report street lighting

For all emergency requests call 3-1-1. If this service is not available to you please call 613-580-2400. All other Service Requests will be triaged and addressed as operations allow.

Street lighting response times

Nature of Problem

Maximum Response Time



1 to 9 lights out

Maximum 7 working days

10 to 20 lights out

Next working day

More than 20 lights out

Within 24 hours

Arterials, Commercial and Industrial Roads


1 to 4 lights

Maximum 7 working days

5 to 10 lights

Next working day

More than 10 lights out, or all lights within an intersection

Within 24 hours

It should be recognized that these are guidelines, and timelines may vary slightly to allow for operation considerations and to ensure safe conditions.

Underground locates

Digging near Your House?

Before you dig, call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 or visit their website.

The City and other services have underground locates running in many backyards, front yards and side lots. Underneath your house, you could find:

  • Gas pipelines
  • Electrical services
  • Telephone and cable TV infrastructure
  • Water and sewer connections
  • Streetlight or traffic signal wiring

Ontario One Call co-ordinates with all organizations who own infrastructure in your area.

Therefore, all residents and excavators must call before they dig. Locates are free to obtain and should be requested at least 5 days prior to any planned excavation. You may not proceed with your digging until all locates are identified. If locates are not obtained and infrastructure is damaged, the homeowner and/or contractor is 100 per cent responsible for all costs associated with repairs.

Do You Need Emergency Locates?

For emergency locates, please call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255. As of June 15, 2014, the City of Ottawa will no longer action direct requests for locates.