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Canada Day activities and schedule changes

June 25, 2020
Announcements and Events

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1.

You can also find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com.

Client services

  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters that require the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to speak to a customer service representative.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Canada Day. Pick-up will take place on Thursday, July 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • Multi-residential garbage containers will be collected on the regular scheduled day. Multi-residential recycling, green bin and bulky-item collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
  • The Trail Road Waste Facility will be open.

Parking and roads

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply on Canada Day.

Transit service

  • OC Transpo will offer no-charge service all day on Canada Day.
  • Customers are required to wear cloth masks when entering buses, trains, stations and Para Transpo minibuses and contracted taxis. Do not use transit in you’re sick.
  • Buses will run on a Sunday schedule. Night service will begin at 11 pm on Routes 39, 45, 57, 61, 75 and 97.
  • O-Train Line 1 will operate on a reduced weekday schedule, with increased evening service until 1 am on Thursday, July 2.
  • O-Train Line 2 bus service will operate on a Saturday schedule, with increased service in the evening.
  • Use OC Transpo’s Travel Planner to plan your trip.
  • OC Transpo’s Customer Service Centre in the Rideau Centre will be open from 10 am until 6 pm. All other Customer Service Centres are closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Customers can purchase or load a Presto card at:
    • Ticket machines located at all Line 1 stations and at the Ottawa International Airport
    • Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations
    • Prestocard.ca
  • Para Transpo customers can load their ParaPay account online at parapay.octranspo.com or by calling 613-741-4390.
  • OC Transpo Customer Service (613-741-4390) will be open from 7 am until 9 pm.
  • Para Transpo will operate a holiday service. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled on Wednesday, July 1. Customers may start booking trips one week before by calling 613-244-7272 or online beginning Wednesday, June 24.
  • Para Transpo operations:
    • The reservations line (613-244-7272) will be open from 7 am until 9 pm.
    • The trip cancellation and general inquiries line (613-244-4636) will be open from 6 am until midnight.
    • Taxi Coupons (613-842-3670) will be closed.
  • Para Transpo customers can also reserve or cancel trips online using the new webforms available on octranspo.com.

Fireworks

  • Consumer fireworks may only be discharged between Tuesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 2. Fireworks displays must be directly supervised by someone aged 18 or older and must take place on private property and with the property owner’s permission. Minimum safety distances, as indicated on the fireworks product, must be maintained from spectators, buildings, vegetation and vehicles. The display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.
  • Sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in the City of Ottawa, except on Canada Day and the seven business days immediately preceding it.
  • It is prohibited to sell or use firecrackers in the Province of Ontario at all times. Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-law for further details.
  • It is prohibited to discharge fireworks in City parks unless you have first obtained a permit.

Outside Fires

  • A permit is required to light a fire on private property anywhere in the City of Ottawa; this includes having a backyard fire, using an outdoor wood-burning fireplace or using a large fire pit.
  • A permit is not necessary for outdoor natural gas, propane or ethanol fireplaces.
  • It is unsafe to set and maintain open air fires in certain areas of the City. Check online through MyServiceOttawa to verify if your address is eligible for a permit.

Recreation services

Ottawa Public Health

Municipal child care services

Library Services

  • All Ottawa Public Libraries offering the curbside returns and pick-up service will be closed on Wednesday, July 1.

The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the importance of physical distancing to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and in an effort to prevent a second wave of the virus.

When physical distancing is not possible, Ottawa Public Health recommends wearing a mask. Since some people who are infected with COVID-19 may have the virus and not know it, masks can help decrease the risk of spreading the virus.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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