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Update on weekend events


With the departure of the demonstrations from the area, the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service are now preparing to lift the motor vehicle restriction zone from the downtown core... More information

Keep track of the latest service impacts by following the City of Ottawa’s Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also follow @OttawaPolice for more information.

Traffic and OC Transpo impacts

Please keep in mind that delays should be expected and that regulations may need to change.

Expect traffic delays in the downtown core, road closures and intermittent closures of Hwy 417 off ramps.

Residents can check our online traffic map and the City of Ottawa’s traffic Twitter account for up-to-date information on traffic delays and disruptions.

Stay up to date on the latest transit information by visiting, calling 613-560-5000 or following OC Transpo’s Twitter account

The Ottawa Police Service, with the support of the City of Ottawa, has created a motor vehicle exclusion zone in the downtown area. (See map.) This zone and other measures are intended to maintain business continuity and ease the flow of traffic while ensuring public safety and security above all.

What does ‘motor vehicle exclusion zone’ mean?

  • At the moment, the only exclusions to this area are motor vehicles taking part in a demonstration, event, protest or rally.
  • Barricades, heavy equipment or police officers and vehicles will be at various access points surrounding the exclusion zone to filter lawful traffic onto those streets.
  • The roads are not closed - normal traffic circulation is permitted. Motor vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, protest or rally, and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enter and exit the zone.
  • There is no on-street parking or stopping anywhere on roads in the zone area coloured purple (see map), ensuring roadways remain clear for all traffic.
  • On-street parking is available in the zone area coloured yellow (see map) for vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, rally or protest, such as for business patrons and local residents.
  • Any motor vehicles failing to observe road signs will be ticketed and/or towed.

Map showing boundaries of vehicle exclusion zone

Where is parking permitted downtown?

  • Parking within the zone is available in parking lots and garages. These may be busy, so plan your travel times appropriately.
  • On-street parking is available in the zone area coloured yellow (see map) for vehicles not participating in a demonstration, event, rally or protest, such as for business patrons and local residents.
  • Public transit is an excellent choice for travel into and out of the core April 29 through May 1.

Are there parking restrictions outside the exclusion zone?

  • There may be temporary no-parking and no-stopping areas marked with signage, mostly in neighbourhoods surrounding the downtown core and where congestion is anticipated.
  • By-law and Regulatory Officers will be patrolling streets to enforce parking regulations.
  • Any motor vehicles failing to observe road signs may be ticketed and/or towed.
  • On all other roads, the regular signed parking bylaws will be enforced. For example, any motor vehicle parked for longer than two hours in a two-hour zone may be ticketed.

By-law enforcement

Ticketing and towing

The City of Ottawa By-law and Regulatory Services (BLRS) will have Officers out on the streets ensuring all parking regulations are observed by residents and visitors. 

Ensuring all other by-laws observed

In addition to parking violations, BLRS Officers will ensure all City of Ottawa by-laws are obeyed by residents and visitors:

  • No unnecessary motor-vehicle or other noise, including speakers
  • No public urination and defecation
  • No open air fires
  • No littering
  • No lighting and discharging fireworks

Tickets will be issued to any individual in violation of any City of Ottawa By-law. It’s important to note that fireworks are only permitted for use two times per year – Canada Day and Victoria Day and the day before and after those days.

Reporting By-law Infractions

  • Reporting noise and parking by-law infractions can be done online at or by calling 311.
  • All other by-law infractions must be reported directly to 3-1-1.

City Hall

Ottawa City Hall and the underground municipal parking garage will close at 5 pm on Thursday April 28 and reopen at 7 am on Monday May 2. 

Ottawa is a safe and inclusive city for everyone

The City of Ottawa values a diversity of minds, perspectives and lived experiences and denounces any displays of hate and racism.

The City of Ottawa recognizes this weekend’s motorcycle event shares the same name as the destructive aerial bombardment operation during the Vietnam War. As a result, we will refer the event as the ‘motorcycle event.’

Events like this can affect everyone differently. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, please reach out and speak to someone. For mental health services and supports, please visit

Residents in need can call 2-1-1 for information on government and local community-based health and social services.