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Curb any surprises: Here’s how you can be ready for winter weather parking bans

November 23, 2021
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Snow plow clearing snow from a street

Snow might not yet be on the ground, but our snowplow and sidewalk machine operators are already out on the street getting prepared for the winter season! This year, winter weather parking bans will be done a little bit differently and here’s how you can be prepared before the first one is called.

Winter weather parking bans are called when 7 cm of snow or significant amounts of freezing rain are anticipated. When the roads are clear of vehicles, the Roads and Parking Services team can clear the snow from the roads efficiently, and keep the roads open wider. Bans can be called anytime between November 15 and April 1.

When will residents know if a ban is called?

This year, we will be calling winter weather parking bans at set times, except in the event of unexpected severe weather.

  • Overnight winter parking bans will run from 7pm to 7 am, and will be announced by 9 am
  • Daytime parking bans will run from 10am to 7 pm, and will be announced to residents by 3:30 pm the day prior

How you can stay informed

There are many ways that you can stay informed about winter weather parking bans:

Business area exemptions

Shoppers and diners need not fret – you can still visit your favourite local businesses, even when a parking ban is called. You can visit ottawa.ca to view maps of business areas that are exempt from winter parking bans. Just be sure to follow all posted signage and pay requirements.

This winter make sure you’re not caught unprepared. Be in the know and help make snowy weather easier for everyone! You can learn more about the City’s winter operations by visiting ottawa.ca/winter.

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