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Winter parking

Winter Weather Parking Bans

Between November 15 and April 1, the City may declare a Winter Weather Parking Ban for inclement weather including freezing rain or when Environment Canada forecasts 7 cm or more of snow in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow more than 7 cm, such as 5 to 10 cm. The Winter Weather Parking Ban will be called to support clearing operations and will continue until the City issues notice that it has been lifted.

When a winter weather parking ban is called, the City issues a special advisory to the local media and posts it on ottawa.ca. 

With the exception of significant weather events, our Roads and Parking Services team will be aiming to:

  • Make the Winter Weather Parking Ban call by 9 am for an overnight parking ban – overnight parking bans will be from 7 pm to 7 am.
  • Make the Winter Weather Parking Ban call by 3:30 pm for a daytime parking ban – daytime parking bans will be from 10 am to 7 pm.

Vehicles without a residential parking permit that are parked on the street during a parking ban may be ticketed and towed.

Impact on residential parking permit holders

If you have a residential parking permit, your vehicle is exempt from winter weather parking bans. Removing your vehicle from the street helps City crews clear the street faster.

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Where to park during a Winter Weather Parking Ban

Support for your local businesses

To help residents shop local, some commercial main streets are exempt from winter parking bans. When a parking ban is called during winter weather events, residents can park in the identified areas (view maps below) as long as they observe all posted signage and pay and display requirements

Winter Weather Parking Ban exemptions - running from Richmond Road at Danforth, along Wellington Street and Somerset to Lyon St- including Westboro Village Business Improvement Area (BIA), Wellington West BIA, Preston Street BIA, Somerset Chinatown BIA

Including the Westboro Village Business Improvement Area (BIA), Wellington West BIA, Preston Street BIA, Somerset Chinatown BIA (available in PDF).

Winter Weather Parking Ban exemptions running north south along Bank Street, Elgin Street, Main Street and along Somerset. Includes Bank Street Business Improvement Area (BIA), Glebe BIA, Sparks Street BIA, Somserset Chinatown BIA, Somerset Village BIA,

Including the Bank Street Business Improvement Area (BIA), Glebe BIA, Sparks Street BIA, Somerset Chinatown BIA, Somerset Village BIA, Elgin Street, Main Street (available in PDF).

Winter Weather Parking Exemptions - from Rideau Street to Montreal Roads including the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area (BIA), Byward Market BIA, Quatrier Vanier BIA, Downtown Rideau BIA

Including the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area (BIA), Byward Market BIA, Quatrier Vanier BIA, Downtown Rideau BIA (available in PDF).

Select Park and Ride locations

In partnership with our OC Transpo colleagues and our Roads and Parking team, we have opened up six park-and-ride locations with designated parking available during a Winter Weather Parking Ban. The locations are:

  • Riverview (at Earl Armstrong)
  • Innovation (at Innovation Drive)
  • Chapel Hill
  • Nepean Woods (at Strandherd Drive)
  • Greenboro
  • Leitrim

The locations have designated parking areas, clearly marked with directional signs and parking signs, indicating that Winter Weather Parking is available during a ban. These spaces will be opened to residents during the parking ban.

Winter weather storm parking sign

Park and Ride signs for Winter Weather Parking Bans

Other temporary parking locations during a Winter Weather Parking Ban

Vehicles may remain parked at the following sites for the duration of the ban, and must be removed after the City announces that the ban has been lifted. 

Kanata Recreation Centre – 100 Charlie Rogers Place

Kanata Recreation Centre - 100 Charlie Rogers Place

Ben Franklin Place – 101 Centrepointe Drive

Ben Franklin Place – 101 Centrepointe Drive

Minto Recreation Centre – 3500 Cambrian Road

Minto Recreation Centre – 3500 Cambrian Road

Ray Friel Recreation Centre – 1585 Tenth Line Road

Ray Friel Recreation Centre – 1585 Tenth Line Road

Tom Brown Arena - 141 Bayview Road

Map of parking available at Tom Brown Arena

Where to park overnight 

City parking garages are available for overnight parking during a winter weather parking ban. Because of limited availability, parking lots have individual overnight parking hours, and parkers are responsible to retrieve their vehicle before the parking period ends. Vehicles left past the available overnight parking period will be subject to the parking lot’s applicable rate for the entire duration of their stay.

Payment at the machine is not necessary during the overnight ban. Please exit through the gate.

Where to park overnight during a Winter Weather Parking Ban

Parking during a winter overnight parking ban

  1. 70 Clarence Street
    • Vehicles must exit between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
  2. 141 Clarence Street
    • Vehicles must exit between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
  3. 110 Laurier Avenue West
    • Vehicles must exit between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
  4. 210 Gloucester
    • Available from 9 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  5. 170 Second Avenue
    • Available from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  6. 33 Mann Avenue (University of Ottawa Garage)
    • Available from 10 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Private parking lots

The following parking garages offer public parking but are not operated by the City of Ottawa. Days and hours of operation vary by garage. Availability of spaces is subject to change. There may be a requirement to pay for overnight or daily parking during winter parking bans. Review the posted signage in the facility before parking. Not a complete listing of all public parking.

  • 319 McRae Ave
  • 945 Bank St
  • 2701 Riverside Dr
  • 363 Rideau St
  • 333 Preston St.
  • 191 Laurier
  • 150 Albert
  • 222 Queen
  • 265 Laurier
  • 250 Albert
  • 270 Albert / 264 Albert
  • 427 Laurier
  • 150 Kent
  • 360 Laurier
  • 328 Laurier
  • 160 Elgin
  • 180 Elgin
  • 400 Slater
  • 33 Nicholas
  • 80 Nicholas St.
  • 5 Daly Ave
  • 24 York
  • 112 Kent
  • 25 Holland
  • 361 Queen
  • 234 Laurier W.
  • 90 George
  • 700 Sussex Dr
  • 55 Colonel By
  • 330 Sussex
  • 56 Nepean
  • 240 Sparks / 235 Queen
  • 300 Laurier Avenue West/171 Bank St.
  • 45 O'Connor Street / 111 Albert Street
  • 50 O'Connor Street / 99 Bank Street
  • 66 Slater Street
  • 180 Argyle Ave.
  • 294 Bank St.
  • 275 Bank St.
  • 400 Cooper St.
  • 200 Kent St.
  • 150 Elgin St.
  • 41 George
  • 410 Richmond / 575 Byron
  • 55 Laurier Ave E
  • 801 King Edward Ave
  • 100 Thomas More

Temporary no-parking signs

During planned snow removal, temporary "No Parking" signs are posted along streets to be cleared. This parking ban applies to all vehicles, including vehicles with residential parking permits. Any vehicle parked during a temporary "No Parking" ban will be ticketed and towed.

Temporary no-parking signs

How to find your car if it gets towed

Towed vehicles are usually moved to a nearby street where snow removal has already taken place. If you cannot find your vehicle, call 3-1-1.