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Published on
January 28, 2022

Demonstrators using Ottawa roadways are expected to begin arriving today and their effect will be felt throughout the weekend, although there is currently no known end time for the demonstrations. People are advised to avoid unnecessary travel, especially in the downtown core. If you do travel, plan ahead and expect significant delays.

Pedestrians and cyclists should be aware that there will be a significant heavy truck presence on roads and they should exercise caution. 

The protest is currently expected to occupy several streets in the downtown area around Parliament Hill. Major impacts include but are not limited to:

  • Wellington Street
  • Queen Street
  • Metcalfe Street
  • O’Connor Street
  • Lyon Street
  • Kent Street
  • Sir John A Macdonald Parkway
  • Queen Elizabeth Driveway
  • Laurier Avenue and Elgin Street around Confederation Park

Demonstrations in Ottawa - Major Traffic Impacts

The City’s online traffic map will have live updates of traffic impacts. Select “incidents” to see roads currently being affected by the demonstrations.

While the City anticipates that certain streets will be used as part of the demonstrations, many roadways and highways across the city will also experience traffic delays and disruptions. In addition, details may change on short notice and additional roads may be affected.

Stay up-to-date on the latest traffic information on ottawa.ca. Follow our accounts on Twitter for live traffic information (@Ottawa_Traffic) or for traffic and other service impacts (@ottawacity). OC Transpo buses and Para Transpo may also experience delays and detours may be required. Stay up to date on the latest transit information by visiting octranspo.com, calling 613-580-3600 or following OC Transpo’s Twitter account. Demonstration information is available from the Ottawa Police Service at ottawapolice.ca or on Twitter (@OttawaPolice).

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