Outdoor special events are governed by the Special Events on Public and Private Property By-law No. 2013-232 and the Special Events on City Streets By-law No. 2001-260.
The permissibility of and operational requirements for special events are contingent on Provincial Emergency Orders. Public events and large social gatherings remain a highrisk activity and many activities are highly restricted or currently prohibited in Ontario.
On June 8, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening that included permitting drive-in or drive-thru formats for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to: cinemas, concerts, or artistic performances. Outdoor gathering limits increased to a maximum of 100 people on July 17 when Ottawa entered Stage 3 of reopening. These formats are permissible provided that they are conducted in compliance with the conditions imposed under the province's regulations. Learn more on the Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3. Businesses unable to open or are facing difficulties in operating under the Stage 3 restrictions may visit ontario.ca/reopen to submit a reopening proposal.
The City of Ottawa is reconvening our Special Events Advisory Team to support those wishing to execute drive-in and drive-thru events. This integrated team is comprised of multiple City Departments, including Ottawa Public Health, and will be available to review event proposals, provide guidance, and issue permits or licences to support these activities if required. All enquiries related to drive-in or drive-thru events can be directed to EventCentral@ottawa.ca.
For events big and small, the City of Ottawa is committed to providing organizers with the tools, structure, environment and processes to thrive.
The Event Central Office:
- Is the first point of contact for event organizers wishing to host an event
- Leads integrated planning in a supportive environment, reconciles the input of all impacted stakeholders, and ensures organizers and City services are coordinated in a manner that contributes to positive events and their safe execution
- Facilitates event review by leveraging the expertise and experience of the Special Events Advisory Team (SEAT)
No matter the size of your event, Event Central is available to assist you in determining what approvals are required for your event.
You can contact Event Central by email at EventCentral@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 14613.Event Central
City of Ottawa
101 Centrepointe Dr
Ottawa, ON K2G 5K7