Media Relations Protocol
All media releases and queries are managed by the Public Information and Media Relations department. See our newsroom for an archive of our media releases, advisories and public service announcements related to:
- newsworthy events involving the City;
- City initiatives and program; and
- notifications that affect residents
The City will respond to media queries during Media Relations operating hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All media queries are to be directed to City of Ottawa Media Relations:
After Hours Requests
The City only extends after-hours service to media queries of an urgent, operational nature. Other queries will be logged and addressed during regular business hours.
Please note media requests from accredited media (representatives of a recognized media organization) are given priority.
Media requests by non-accredited media and students will be logged and dealt with in sequence. Please note that while Media Relations will make every effort to accommodate non-accredited requests, delays in responding may occur.
Stakeholders, community groups and residents who contact the Media Relations Office to request information will be re-directed to ServiceOttawa’s 3-1-1.
Social Media Protocol
Social Media Accounts
|City of Ottawa||@ottawacity||City of Ottawa||City of Ottawa||@cityofottawa|
|City of Ottawa Jobs||@ottawacityjobs||N/A||N/A||N/A||City of Ottawa|
|Elections Ottawa||@ottawavote||Elections Ottawa||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|OC Transpo||@oc_transpo||OC Transpo||OC Transpo||N/A||N/A|
|Ottawa By-law||@Ottawabylaw||Ottawa By-law and Regulatory Services||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ottawa Fire Services||@OttFire||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ottawa Paramedic Service||@ottawaparamedic||Ottawa Paramedic Service||Ottawa Paramedic Service||@ottawa_paramedic_service||N/A|
|Ottawa Public Health||@ottawahealth||Ottawa Public Health||Ottawa Public Health||Ottawa Public Health||N/A|
|Ottawa Public Library||@opl_bpo||Ottawa Public Library||BiblioOttawaLibrary|
|Ottawa Recreation, Culture and Facilities||N/A||OttawaRecCulture||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Parenting in Ottawa||N/A||Parenting in Ottawa||N/A||N/A||N/A|
If you follow us, you can expect content on:
- Newsworthy events involving the City;
- City initiatives and programs; and,
- Notifications that affect residents.
The City updates and monitors its social media accounts during regular business hours. Comments and tweets from users outside of these times will be reviewed at the beginning of the next business day.
Follows and Likes
The City may follow and like social media accounts from its partners or stakeholders. Please note that being followed or liked by the City does not imply endorsement of any kind.
Retweets and Shares
The City occasionally retweets and shares content that it deems of value to its audience. Retweeting and sharing by the City should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the originator or of any organization mentioned in the message.
Comments and Replies
The City welcomes feedback and ideas from its followers and fans. All comments and replies will be monitored, and any emerging themes or helpful suggestions will be passed to the relevant people in the organization.
To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please remember to not include any personal information, including addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses in your comments or replies.
Unfortunately, the City is not able to reply individually to all messages it receives via its social media networks.
To ensure that the conversation remains in good taste and a positive experience for everyone involved, comments and replies should be clean and respectful, in addition to being relevant and related to the posted topic on the City's social media account.
Any comments of the following nature may be deleted:
- Offensive, profane, hateful, insulting, rude, abusive, aggressive, violent, obscene, explicit, pornographic or sexual comments;
- Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, age, creed, gender, marital status, socio-economic status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation;
- Personal attacks and/or defamatory statements;
- Serious, unproven, unsupported, or inaccurate accusations;
- Messages for advertising/marketing purposes;
- Messages that conduct or encourage illegal activity;
- Information that could compromise public safety, security or operations;
- Messages that impersonate or misrepresent someone else;
- Comments containing spam or posted by anonymous or robot accounts; and,
- Unintelligible messages.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) makes it easy for you to stay up to date with City of Ottawa news. Using an RSS Reader, you can have City of Ottawa content delivered to your own website, desktop reader, or news reader application. Simply subscribe to one of the feeds below, and your reader will automatically retrieve updates from the City as they are posted. Please see below for instructions.
City of Ottawa RSS Feeds:
How to subscribe to an RSS feed:
If you don’t currently use an RSS reader, here are some tips on how to start:
- Copy and paste the RSS feed’s URL into an RSS reader
- Copy and paste the RSS feed’s URL into the address field and hit enter.
- You should see a box at the top of the page asking if you want to subscribe to the feed – you can choose to have it added to Microsoft Outlook or choose another application.
- If you choose Outlook, it will take you to Outlook where you can click on “yes” to subscribe and you will see “Newsroom” appear in your RSS Feeds folder of your mailbox.
- Copy and paste the RSS feed’s URL into the address field and hit enter.
- You should see a box at the top of the page asking if you want to subscribe to the feed. Click that option.
- Choose the folder to place the feeds and click subscribe.
- To view feeds, click on “Favourites” from the Favourites Bar and select “Newsroom.”
- Right click on the RSS Feeds folder in your mailbox and select Add a new RSS Feed.
- Paste the URL provided and click Add and then Yes. You should then see “Newsroom” added to the RSS feed mailbox with a list of the latest items.
City of Ottawa Logos
The City of Ottawa’s images and official marks are trademark protected pursuant to section 9(1)(n) (iii) of the Federal Trade-marks Act and cannot be produced without the prior written consent of the City of Ottawa.
The City of Ottawa will only permit use of its corporate logos if an organization meets one of the following criteria:
- You are a department, board, task force or committee of the Corporation of the City of Ottawa.
- Your organization, program or event currently receives monetary support from the Corporation of the City of Ottawa and is seeking permission to use the City’s logo to recognize the City’s support.
- Your organization, program or event currently receives in kind support from the Corporation of the City of Ottawa and is seeking permission to use the City’s logo to recognize the City’s support.
- Your organization is a sponsor for a City of Ottawa program or event and has entered into a sponsorship arrangement and is seeking permission to use the City’s logo in association with your sponsorship.
If you do not qualify within one of these categories, the City is unable to grant you permission to use the corporate City of Ottawa and/or “O” trademarked logo or any other official marks of the City of Ottawa.
For more information on the City of Ottawa’s Visual Identity Program please call 3-1-1.
Access to City promotional resources for third party messaging
The City of Ottawa has several digital and analog promotional resources at its disposal at City Hall and other facilities for public service announcements and/or event promotion. The City of Ottawa may, at its discretion, allow third party announcements on these City owned resources for the purpose of promotional messaging (event or otherwise) for benefit of the City of Ottawa and/or its residents.
The City of Ottawa will not allow announcements that:
- Convey a negative religious message that might be deemed prejudicial to religious groups
- Promote alcohol and other addictive substances, at venues geared primarily to children
- Present demeaning or derogatory portrayals of individuals or groups or contain anything, which, considering generally prevailing community standards, is likely to cause deep or widespread offence
For more information on please call 3-1-1