Effective July 15, 2020, masks are required to be worn in enclosed public spaces at City of Ottawa facilities as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.
Please be advised that as the City of Ottawa moves into Stage 3 of its Reopening Plan and as the mass gathering restrictions continue to be relaxed by the Province, our focus remains on the health and safety of our community.
Requests for flag raising ceremonies, proclamations, and illuminations can now proceed outdoors only, with a maximum of up to 100 people. You should contact the Protocol Advisor responsible to determine whether any other restrictions may apply.
Requests for visiting delegations and courtesy calls remain suspended at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
The Office of Protocol and Intergovernmental Affairs reviews requests for building illuminations by community organizations whose objective is to raise awareness or generate support for a cause, movement, campaign or initiative within the City.
Illumination requests will only be approved if received in the Office of Protocol and Intergovernmental Affairs at least six weeks prior to the date of the illumination. The request must be from an organization located within the boundaries of the City of Ottawa.
Illuminations operate on a cost-recovery basis. Unlike other major city landmarks, the Heritage Building and Ottawa City Hall do not have the infrastructure to accommodate illuminations and therefore equipment needs to be rented and installed for each request.
The average cost to illuminate the Heritage Building in one colour is $1,000.00 plus applicable taxes. The choice of the supplier and the request for quotations is the responsibility of the organization.
If the Office of Protocol and Intergovernmental Affairs approves the request and should the requesting organization decide to move forward, the Heritage Building would be illuminated from sunset to sunrise on one evening of the organizers choice, and would only encompass the Heritage Building, facing Elgin Street.
Promotion of the illumination is the responsibility of the requesting organization.
City of Ottawa
Office of Protocol and Intergovernmental Affairs
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, extension 14755