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Programs and public spaces at Ottawa City Hall

Use of public space at Ottawa City Hall

Although the primary use of Ottawa City Hall is for municipal related business, rental of rooms and space can be booked for public use as available. Whether it’s a large gathering, small group meeting, outdoor event or festival, City Hall offers a variety of facilities to suit your needs.

Priority of space availability

As outlined by the Corporate Policy on the Use of Public Space, booking of space for municipal related business at Ottawa City Hall is given priority.

Space at City Hall is available for booking for:

Non profit organizations

Weekday bookings are available only after regular City Hall business hours (5 pm).
Weekend bookings are available.

  • Non-profit organizations conducting City/municipal related business and fund-raising groups
  • Non-profit organizations conducting non City/municipal related business
Other users

Weekday bookings are available only after regular City Hall business hours (5 pm).
Weekend bookings are available.

  • Such as wedding receptions, private functions

User fees and occupancy

As of January 1, 2018.
Fees subject to change.



Rate – Non Profit
(Per 4 hours)

Rate –Non Profit
(All day)

Rate – Other Users (Per 4 hours)

Rate –

Other Users (All day)

Andrew S. Haydon Hall – Council Chambers
(No food or beverage)

• 189 fixed seating

• 45 around horseshoe including Mayor’s seat

• 24 at staff tables

• 40 additional chairs

*Max Capacity:  298 + wheelchairs at designated spots

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Jean Pigott Place

• 700 standing (no chairs / tables)

• 200 seated at tables

• 260 chairs only





Champlain Room
(No food or beverage)

• 60 fixed seating

• 13 horseshoe

• 20 at staff tables

• 20 additional chairs





Keefer Room
(No food or beverage)

• 60 (includes fixed seating and tables)

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Councillor Lounge

• 30 seated at tables with screen, 35 without screen (square)

• 60 chairs theatre style

• 100 standing (no chairs / tables)





Marion Dewar Plaza

• Up to 10,000 standing





Festival Control

• 38 at tables

• 60 chairs theatre style

• 75 standing





Festival Boardroom

• 37 at tables

  • 60 chairs theatre style





Colonel By Room

• 36 seated at tables (square)

• 40 classroom style (at tables)

• 70 chairs only – tables pushed against the walls





Richmond Room

• 30 seated at tables + 10 additional chairs





Honeywell Room

• 30 seated at tables + 10 standing





Billings Room

• 20 seated at tables + 5 standing





Caucus Room

• 12 seated at tables

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Internal Use Only

Lisgar Field







To enquire about public space availability at Ottawa City Hall

E-mail: or,
Call: 613-580-2424 ext. 22771.

Marion Dewar Plaza


To provide direction for use of the Marion Dewar Plaza located at 110 Laurier Avenue W. adjacent to the Ottawa City Hall complex. Marion Dewar Plaza forms one part of the Festival area, which also includes Confederation Park (across Laurier Street) owned by the National Capital Commission (NCC). While these guidelines only apply directly to the Marion Dewar Plaza, they are also consistent with relevant NCC guidelines.

Objectives for the use of Marion Dewar Plaza

The purpose of the Marion Dewar Plaza is to provide a central site for festivals and special events which:

  • encourage economic development in the city (through attracting visitors and other direct/indirect economic spin-offs)
  • enhance the social /cultural life of residents and visitors via high quality programming of special events.

Application for use

Organizations wishing to use Marion Dewar Plaza must meet specific criteria and pay associated fees. A special events application, is to be filled out by the organization for attendance of 500 or more and submitted to the Special Events Co-ordinator. The Special Events Co-ordinator will then review each application and approve use of the Plaza based on concurrence with eligibility criteria and availability.

Festival and special event organizers must provide the following information:

  1. Description of the event, including purpose and goals, dates and time
  2. Outline of the theme, target clientele and programmed activities
  3. Description of the organization (history, structure, key contacts)
  4. Admission fees and projected attendance figures, local and from outside the Region
  5. Outline of the event’s marketing/promotion plan, including samples of promotional material
  6. List of artists, performers, groups participating in the event (where relevant)
  7. Description of food, beverages and merchandise to be sold
  8. Site plan (which must be approved in advance) and identification of required road closures
  9. Financial statements, including the projected value of sponsorship and sponsors’ names

Organizations must also provide:

  • an outline of required equipment and services (e.g. barriers, change area, use of site control area If the event organizers require the use of the Festival Control Room, the rental is included for the Operational Days Only. The schedule fee is applicable for any additional days.
  • an evaluation report within 60 days after the event, which includes attendance, marketing/promotional achievements, levels of amplification, financial statements and assessment of City of Ottawa services.

Eligibility and assessment criteria

Use of the Marion Dewar Plaza is awarded on a priority basis, contingent on availability of the site. Applications by Priority 1 groups will automatically take precedence over lower priority events.

Priority 1 Established major festivals
Priority 2 Emerging smaller festivals or larger, established special events (one day)
Priority 3 Events organized by commercial groups and events of one day or less, organized by community groups and other organizations. The latter will be approved by Special Events Co-ordinator or City representative based on availability of space and the nature of the event.

The priority of an applicant is assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • ability to attract tourists from outside the region
  • ability to generate economic development
  • existing event with a proven track record (vs. developmental event)
  • organization demonstrates a high level of fiscal responsibility and organizational stability
  • unique nature of the event, (i.e. public appeal, ability to attract new audiences)
  • duration (longer activities will have priority over short-term events)
  • impact on the surrounding community (e.g. requirement for road closures, sound amplification)
  • volunteer involvement

Cost of rental

Non-Profit Organizations:

Non-profit groups not charging an entrance fee; community associations holding events for one day or less; City funded organizations. Rental Fee of $798.00/day (plus HST to cover all support staff and utilities is applicable.

Other Users:

All successful applicants will be asked to enter into an agreement with the City of Ottawa. Rental costs for the Marion Dewar Plaza are $1596.00/event day (plus HST) for a three day period (one day set-up, one day of operations, one day of tear-down). Each additional day of operations will be charged $1596.00 (plus HST)

This fee will include:

  1. Utilities (regular power including “A” Boards and access to water).
  2. Cleaning within City Hall building - “Outside by Organizer”.
  3. The use of existing (if available) barricades / cements weights.

Note: The groups shall be responsible for all damages to landscaping and equipment due to negligence. A $2500.00 + HST damage deposit fee will be applicable

Additional terms and conditions

The festival/special event organizers will, at their own cost:

  1. Provide a programming/logistics co-ordination contact person.
  2. Provide overnight site cleaning during and post the event.
  3. Provide adequate supervision, crowd control, co-ordination and technical support during the event.
  4. Install and dismantle necessary equipment and infrastructure.
  5. Provide a certificate of comprehensive liability insurance coverage with the City of Ottawa as additional insured to a minimum limit of $5 million dollars per occurrence.
  6. Ensure the Marion Dewar Plaza is left in its original physical condition.
  7. Recognize the Marion Dewar Plaza as the official event site in promotional material and signage.
  8. Obtain a Special Occasion Permit related to the sale of alcohol, if required.
  9. Respect all government regulations and laws, specifically City policies pertaining to use of tobacco and public use of City facilities.
  10. Be bound by the Terms and Conditions of the Municipal Alcohol Policy,
  11. Respect City of Ottawa regulations regarding use of the site (e.g. no use of ground stakes, monitoring of amplification levels, adhering to weight restrictions above the permanent stage and parking garage, etc.).
  12. Not conduct any illegal activity.


  1. Permission to use Marion Dewar Plaza does not necessarily ensure similar permission in subsequent years. A new application must be made on an annual basis (December of the previous year).
  2. These guidelines only cover usage of Marion Dewar Plaza, the site control office and the change rooms. The booking of all other interior/exterior space must be co-ordinated through the Special Events Co-ordinator, which will also look after logistical arrangements subsequent to booking the Plaza.
  3. The City of Ottawa reserves the right to request changes to a site plan in order to protect the natural, structural or architectural features of Marion Dewar Plaza.
  4. Event management guidelines outlining infrastructure resources (water outlets, power sources, etc.) and regulations will be provided.
  5. Normally a two week period will be scheduled between major events to allow the Plaza grounds time to rejuvenate.


Special event:

  • a one-time organized activity of a sports, social, recreational, touristic or cultural nature

Festival - cultural touristic:

  • annually recurring public celebration of limited duration of a nature organized by a not-for-profit group

Major established Festival:

  • has an operating budget over $100,000 and is at least two years old

Small emerging Festival:

  • less than two years old, and with an operating budget smaller than $100,000


To enquire about public space availability at Marion Dewar Plaza:
E-mail: or,
Call: 613-580-2424 ext. 22771

Updated September 2018

Terms and conditions

To enquire about public space availability at Ottawa City Hall
E-mail: or
Call: 613-580-2424 ext. 22771

Terms and Conditions for use of public space at Ottawa City Hall

The Special Events Co-ordinator or designate must approve furniture, equipment and/or signage, which are brought in by the organizer for an event, prior to the function date.

Items brought in for an event are to be removed upon completion of the same. All articles left on Ottawa City Hall property will be disposed of within 24 hours after the event.

To ensure that your event is a success we request that details be finalized at least two weeks prior to the function date.

Please review the additional information below:


  • all City of Ottawa properties are a public facility, therefore, we request that no event may block or hinder the normal passageway for pedestrians (including furniture, displays, cords, etc.).

Alcoholic Beverages

  • all applicants shall be bound by the Terms and Conditions of the Municipal Alcohol Policy.
  • the use of alcohol in the facility is governed by the regulations as set out by the L.C.B.O., and a L.C.B.O. Special Occasion Permit is required.
  • the sponsor of the Special Occasion Permit is required to complete, sign and submit the Acknowledgement Statement (Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement) prior to the event as identified in the Municipal Alcohol Policy.
  • a copy of the Special Occasion Permit must be posted where the event is being held (near the area where alcohol is being served).
  • the City reserves the right to withhold the sale of refreshment and/or alcoholic beverages for any reason.

Audiovisual Services

  • all set up, operation and maintenance of City audio-visual equipment will be handled by the Special Events Co-ordinator.
  • should you require additional equipment that’s not in stock, a charge to the organizer will apply.
  • if City A/V equipment is required, a rental cost for equipment and cost of audio-visual staff required during and after work hours to operate equipment will be charged to Lessee.
  • alternately, Lessee may provide and operate his/her own equipment (Note: you cannot combine two different systems)
Equipment Rental Costs (flat rate):
  • LCD projector $100 + HST

  • Sound System $230 + HST

  • 60” diameter tables, 25 on-site free


  • only propane barbecues will be permitted (outdoors), provided that the event organizer/applicant supplies one fire extinguisher per barbecue unit.
  • barbecues must be enclosed at all times.
  • hot plate warmers are allowed indoors as long as they meet the Fire Code Regulations.


  • open-flamed candles and the burning of incense are not permitted within Ottawa City Hall due to Fire Code Regulations.

Catering / Food Services

  • the City reserves the right to regulate all catering and refreshment services for any public or private event held in any of the meeting rooms and activity areas.


  • children under the age of 12 years are not to be left unattended on Ottawa City Hall property.


  • there will be a charge for full payment to the organizer if there’s a cost associated with damage and/or excessive cleaning requirements as a direct result of an event


  • please advise the Special Events Co-ordinator regarding your decorating setup prior to your event.


  • all scheduling of loading and unloading privileges must be co-ordinated at least one week in advance through the Special Events Co-ordinator.
  • the freight elevator may also be used and is scheduled in specific time blocks based on availability.
  • loading dock access is available; if you have to arrange deliveries outside our normal business hours, a charge may be incurred by the organizer.


  • floor plans for displays such as tables, showcase and/or stand-alone panels must be co-ordinated and approved by the Special Events Co-ordinator or Representative prior to the event.

Electrical Power

  • all electrical requirements and plans are to be presented two weeks prior to the event for approval by our technical staff.
  • additional power requirements that require extra wires and/or electrical services will be made available upon request; cost may be incurred by the organizer.
  • the Building Operations staff of the facility will do all operating and adjustment of the facilities electrical or mechanical equipment.


The organizer of an event is responsible for obtaining the necessary insurance. Should the event require liability insurance, the following provisions must be included:

  • proof of liability insurance may be required in accordance with the City’s insurance policy.
  • minimum liability of $2,000,000.00
  • the City of Ottawa to be named as an additional insured; and
  • cross liability/severability of interest clause.


  • all City of Ottawa properties have various lighting capabilities and must be requested in advance.
  • please note that all properties have emergency lighting, which cannot be dimmed or turned off.


  • the applicant is responsible for the issuing of any press release or public service announcement unless the event is co-sponsored by the City of Ottawa.


  • parking is available at your own cost at Ottawa City Hall. An enclosed public parking area is located underneath City Hall. Parking lot locations and parking fees.
  • deliveries (see “deliveries” section”) may be arranged via temporary parking permits, however, we request that all vehicles be removed promptly after loading and/or unloading.
  • all unauthorized vehicles on City Hall property will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.

Placards and Signage

  • placards and/or picket signs are not permitted on Ottawa City Hall property.
  • printed material is not to be affixed to any walls, pillars, windows, etc. at Ottawa City Hall.
  • signs may be placed on easels and/or display units with prior approval.
  • all signs shall be in both official languages. Failure to comply will result in removal of signage.


Rules and Regulations

  • the organizer must comply with all applicable City of Ottawa rules, regulations and by-laws.
  • failure to comply will result in the event being cancelled.
  • no illegal activity shall be permitted.

Safety and Security

  • for safety and security reasons, all exits, stairwells and security/reception desks must remain accessible at all times.
  • all security and life safety requirements for events must be co-ordinated through the City of Ottawa Special Events Co-ordinator.
  • the City reserves the right to request security personnel to be present at specified periods during the rental period, costs to be charged to the Lessee.


  • no commercial sale of goods or services is permitted.
  • sales by charitable organizations require prior approval.
  • for public events with an admission charge, the Lessee is responsible for providing ticket sellers and takers.


  • the No Smoking By-Law (in public spaces) is enforced on Ottawa City Hall property.
  • please be advised that anyone caught smoking will be dismissed from the premises and are susceptible to personal fines and/or the termination of the entire event.

Staffing Costs

  • additional staff may be required during an event. After finalization of event details, the Special Events Co-ordinator will forward specific staff requirements.
  • the rates (based on four-hour minimum) are as follows:
    • Housekeeping Personnel $35.00 /hour/Cleaner
    • Security Staff $21.50 /hour/Officer
    • Technical (A/V) Staff $38.75/hour/Technician
    • Building Eng. (HVAC) $40.49/hour/BST

(Rates are subject to change)


  • storage facility/space is not provided at Ottawa City Hall.
  • the City of Ottawa is not responsible for any stolen or misplaced items left on City Hall property. In the event it should happen, please call the City of Ottawa Special Events Co-ordinator at 613-580-2424 ext.22771 or e-mail

Updated September 2018

Sens Rink of Dreams

Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa ON, K2P 2H9

Enjoy skating on the state-of-the-art refrigerated Sens Rink of Dreams

Regular Hours

The Sens Rink of Dreams

  • daily, 6 am to 11 pm (weather permitting)

Changing facility

  • daily, 8 am to 11 pm


  • Thursday and Friday, 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, noon to 10 pm
  • Sunday, noon to 8 pm

Final Pass Skate Pro

  • Monday to Thursday, 4:30 pm to 10 pm
  • Friday, 1 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm
  • Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm

Rules of conduct

Please obey the following rules to ensure a safe and pleasant skating experience:

  • Follow instructions from City of Ottawa staff at all times when the rink is supervised.
  • Report all accidents, injuries, misconduct and foul-language to staff immediately.
  • It is highly recommended that all skaters wear a certified multi-impact helmet while on the ice.
  • Respect the rink skating schedule as posted.
  • Stay off the rink during inclement weather or when staff are clearing snow or watering the ice surface.
  • Children aged 10 and under must be actively supervised by a responsible person 16 years of age or older.
  • Users of City facilities are personally responsible for ensuring they are fit to participate in physical activities. Anyone with a condition affecting his/her ability to participate must take appropriate safety precautions to ensure his/her own safety and is encouraged to be accompanied by an adult who is knowledgeable about their condition.

The following activities are not permitted. Such behaviour could result in immediate removal from the rink:

  • The use of hockey sticks, pucks and balls are not permitted on the ice surface.
  • Carrying children while on the ice surface (including baby carriers).
  • Smoking or loitering on the ice or near the facility.
  • Food and drinks are not to be taken on the ice surface.
  • Skating or any other activities in the park between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. 
  • The sale and distribution of any products or services anywhere in the park, unless authorized by the City.
  • Alcohol or drug use anywhere on City property.
  • Rough play, speed and figure skating, and multiplayer games (i.e. hockey, tag and races), foul language or inappropriate behaviour.

 Wheelchairs, Strollers and Skating Aids:

  • Only E-Z gliders are permitted as an aid.
  • Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted on the ice, with the accompaniment of a responsible person 16 years of age or older, who is wearing skates.
  • Certified multi-impact helmets are required for wheelchair and stroller occupants.
  • Sand and salt must be removed from wheels prior to entering the ice surface to ensure the safety of skaters.

Patrons using the rink do so at their own risk and voluntarily assume all risk associated with any sport or event. The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for related risks or injuries.

In the event of an emergency, immediately contact staff. If staff are not available call 9-1-1.

Your cooperation will ensure that all can enjoy this facility.

Thank You! 

Activities at City Hall

A people place for all seasons! Ottawa City Hall is home to the Sens Rink of Dreams, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, and Barbara Ann Scott Museum. It is also a venue for many community events and festivals, regular weekly programs, and special events.

Chamberfest - Bring the Kids Concerts

Chamberfest’s visiting artists give fun, family-friendly, and interactive performances that teach young people about music-making in small ensembles. Chamberfest is the world’s largest chamber music festival, presenting 15 days of early music, core repertoire, contemporary music and fringe in churches and venues across downtown Ottawa.

Jean Pigott Place

  • July 25
    • 10 am to 11 am
  • August 1 and 3
    • 10 am to 11 am


The Listen/Hear live ambient music performance series takes place presented by Debaser in partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.

Jean Pigott Place

  • June 24
    • noon to 1 pm
  • July 8, 15, 22 and 29
    • noon to 1 pm
  • August 12, 19 and 26
    • noon to 1 pm
  • September 9
    • noon to 1 pm

Masala Bhangra

Masala Bhangra is a lifestyle program where the Dhol Drum beats meets the glamour of Bollywood. With easy to follow choreography, participants are encouraged to move, touch and inspire! People of all ages are nurtured in changing their lives, empowering their minds and strengthening their bodies through the power of expressing themselves with movement.

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    • noon to 1 pm

Moov Ottawa Dance

Moov Ottawa Dance presents Th3rd Fridays: Street Dance Battles

The only monthly Street Dance Battles in the city. These events are organized by Alea de Castro and Arnaldo Betancourt Silva, but made possible by the city's Street Dance community and Ottawa folk! This all ages and all skill level event is free to attend and open to the public.

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 19
    • 7 pm to 9 pm

Move Camp

Free bodyweight workout series providing a lunchtime fitness class to all Ottawa residents of all fitness levels.


  • June 27
    • noon to 1 pm
  • July 4, 11, and 18
    • noon to 1 pm

Musicians’ Association of Ottawa-Gatineau

Program Description: The City of Ottawa, in partnership with the Musicians Association of Ottawa-Gatineau and the Music Performance Trust Fund. This series will feature many of the finest Musicians in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Please come and join us to hear some great relaxing jazz.

City Hall

  • August 9, 16, 23, and 30
    • noon to 1 pm

Nordic Walking

Learn the technique and the benefits of walking with poles. The poles take the pressure off your hips and knees while increasing your heart rate. Please bring a water bottle, sun protection, comfortable walking shoes and a smile. Loaner poles will be provided. Come and enjoy this beautiful part of our great City!

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • July 15, 22, and 29
    • 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Ottawa Dance Directive

Ottawa Dance Directive invites you to join its dancers as they move through the public spaces of City Hall. A sound and dance collaboration, this improvised performance will surprise, connect, and delight the audience at every turn. Join us for some summertime contemporary dance antics.

City Hall

  • July 22 and 29
    • noon to 1 pm
  • August 12, 2019
    • noon to 1 pm

Salsa at City Hall

Salsa at City Hall is a free weekly Latin social dance event. With these events, we aim to bring the joy of Latin dancing (salsa, bachata, cha-cha, merengue) to people who have yet to discover it, as well as to those who already live it. Each party starts with a one-hour dance lesson, followed by social dancing and performances throughout the evening with some of the best Latin DJ’s the city has to offer.

Rink of Dreams (in case of rain: Jean-Pigott Place)

  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
    • 6 pm to 11 pm
  • August 7, 14, 21, and 28
    • 6 pm to 11 pm

Salsa Babies

Join Salsa Babies Ottawa for free Salsa Babies classes this summer! With little ones snuggled in to baby carriers, Salsa Babies™ offers a great workout, a chance to socialize and an opportunity to introduce one’s child to music and movement.

Jean Pigott Place

  • August 8, 15, 22, and 29
    • 11 am to noon

Salsa Tots

Salsa Babies Ottawa is the original provider of Latin dance and fitness classes for families in the Ottawa area. Our Salsa Bellies™ and Salsa Babies™ programs are perfect for expecting and new parents. While our Salsa Tots™ and Salsa Kids™ classes will get older kids moving to our unique Latin Beat!

Jean Pigott Place

  • August 8, 15, 22, and 29
    • 10 am to 11 am

Tai Chi

The regular practice of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts promotes health and relieves stress. Try the Taoist Tai Chi® set.

Marion Dewar Plaza

  • August 7, 14, 21, and 28
    • noon to 1 pm


Working to support you in finding peace within, while developing and maintaining a strong and flexible body and mind. Some yoga mats will be available, bring your own if possible. Suitable for all levels.

Lisgar Field

  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
    • noon to 1 pm
  • August 6, 13, 20, and 27
    • noon to 1 pm