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ASE Overview

Overview

In May 2017, the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, under Bill 65 Safer School Zones Act,  was amended to authorize the use of Automated Speed Enforcement in municipalities to address ongoing issues with speeding in school zones and community safety zones. Automated Speed Enforcement is one of many tools used by the City of Ottawa to help reduce speeds and alter driver behaviours with the goal of improving road safety.

Automated Speed Enforcement is a system that uses a camera and the corresponding speed measurement device to enforce speed limits. Speed cameras, much like red-light cameras, exist to reduce the risk of collisions. In Ottawa, these speed cameras are currently located in certain community safety zones, near schools or parks, where speeding is a risk to our most vulnerable road users, our children.

Data from a yearlong City of Ottawa pilot study showed that speed cameras had a positive impact on driver speed and safety in school zones:

  • 200 percent increase in compliance with the speed limit
  • 11 percent decrease in 85th percentile speed (the speed at which 85 percent of traffic is travelling or below)
  • 72 percent decrease in drivers traveling at 15 km/h over the speed limit

All revenue generated from tickets issued via the Automated Speed Enforcement program is reinvested into the City of Ottawa’s Road Safety Action Plan program, which uses education, engineering and enforcement to promote road safety for all road users.

There is a very simple way to avoid getting a ticket – just don’t speed. Slow down and help keep our communities safe. Think Safety, Act Safely!

Please visit aseontario.com to learn more.

Site Selection

Site Selection

The Highway Traffic Act only authorizes the use of Automated Speed Enforcement in designated school zones and community safety zones.

A community safety zone is a section of roadway that has been designated through a by-law and recognized under provincial legislation, identifying it as an area where public safety is of special concern (i.e., school areas, parks/playgrounds, excessive speeding, low speed limit compliance, collision history, etc.)

A school zone is a section of roadway where reduced speed limits are in effect within 150 metres in either direction of a school property. School zones are designated on roadways that meet certain warrant criteria and are not established at all schools. School areas that are not classified as ‘school zones’ do not have posted speed reductions during school hours but can still qualify for Automated Speed Enforcement when a Community Safety Zone is established that encompasses the school area.

The reduced speed limits and applicable time periods for established school zones are standardized city-wide. On roadways where school zones have been designated, the reduced speed limit is in effect from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, September to June. This consistent application of school zones promotes a city-wide understanding amongst motorists as to the days and times reduced speed limits are in effect, enhancing the safety of those travelling to and from school using alternative modes of transportation.

Currently, the City is focused on implementing speed cameras in school zones/areas and parks/playgrounds. Speed camera locations near schools have been selected based on a data-driven approach, taking into consideration compliance with the posted speed limit, the number of speeders travelling 15 km/h or more over the posted speed limit, the number of students travelling to school using active transportation, as well as collision history. Locations near parks are selected considering data such as park classification, collision history, roadway classification, speeding issues, pedestrian activity, and proximity to schools.

In 2021, City Council approved a pilot study within areas along high-speed roadways, not necessarily near parks or schools, to determine if automated speed enforcement cameras are effective at reducing the number of high-speed drivers and incidences of street racing. Criteria considered to select these locations includes collision history, speeding issues, proximity to schools and feedback from Ottawa Police Service. Installations at four locations as part of this pilot study are expected to occur through 2024.

ASE Locations

While not every Community Safety Zone is equipped with an automated speed enforcement system, signs will be posted advising motorists when they are entering a zone where the enforcement system is active.

“Coming Soon” warning signs are installed for at least 90 days prior to implementation of a new speed camera to alert motorists of the upcoming installation.

Municipal Speed Camera Coming Soon sign

Cameras will be active only when the “Municipal Speed Camera in Use” sign is posted.

Speed camera sign

Speed camera locations installed within Community Safety Zones are listed in the table below. Additionally, an interactive map displaying all active speed camera locations is available and can be viewed by selecting the ‘Automated Speed Enforcement’ data layer.

Community Safety Zones with a Speed Camera
Roadway name Between Schools or parks fronting roadway
Abbeyhill Drive Aldburn Place and Sherwood Street A.Y. Jackson Secondary School
Abbott Street East Moss Hill Trail and Shea Road
  • École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais
  • Sacred Heart High School
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul-II
Alta Vista Drive Ayers Avenue and Ridgemont Avenue
  • Charles H. Hulse Public School
  • Ridgemont High School
  • St. Patrick's High School
Bayshore Drive Woodridge Crescent (north) and Woodridge Crescent (south) St. Rose of Lima School
Bearbrook Road Centrepark Drive and Innes Road
  • Good Shepherd School
Berrigan Drive Croxley Way and Claridge Drive
  • Berrigan Elementary School
  • Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School
Bridgestone Drive Sunnybrooke Drive and Granite Court École élémentaire et secondaire publique Maurice-Lapointe
Bronson Avenue  University Drive and Brewer Way Brewer Park
Cambrian Road Greenbank Road and Kilbirnie Drive St. Cecilia School
Cedarview Road Fallowfield Road and 217 m south of Fallowfield Road Cedarview Middle School
Chapman Mills Drive Beatrice Drive and Meadgate Gate
  • Chapman Mills Public School
  • École élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert-Gauthier
  • St. Emily School
Crestway Drive Oldfield Street and Cresthaven Drive St. Andrew School
First Avenue Chrysler Street and Percy Street Glebe Collegiate Institute
Fisher Avenue Deer Park Road and Kintyre Private St. Pius X High School
Greenbank Road Harrison Street and Banner Road
  • Knoxdale Public School
  • Sir Robert Borden High School
Greenbank Road Jockvale Road and Half Moon Bay St. Joseph Catholic High School
Heron Road Finn Court to Baycrest Drive
  • École élémentaire publique Marie-Curie
  • Queen of Angels Adult High School
Hunt Club Road  Lorry Greenberg Drive and Pike Street High speed location to be piloted
Innes Road Provence Avenue and Trim Road École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges
Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard North Paddler Way/Vorlage Drive to Orleans Boulevard Terry Fox Elementary School
Kanata Avenue Goulbourn Forced Road and Walden Drive All Saints High School
Katimavik Road McGibbon Drive and Castlefrank Road Holy Trinity Catholic High School
Kelly Farm Drive  Shepody Circle and Findlay Creek Drive
  • Findlay Creek Catholic Elementary School
  • Vimy Ridge Public School
King Edward Avenue Cathcart Street to St. Patrick Street High speed location to be piloted
Longfields Drive Verona Avenue and Highbury Park Drive
  • École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau
  • St. Mother Teresa High School
  • Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School
Meadowlands Drive West Thatcher Street and Withrow Avenue St. Gregory School
Montreal Road Ogilvie Road to Bethamy Lane High speed location to be piloted
Ogilvie Road Elmlea Gate and Appleford Street Gloucester High School
Portobello Boulevard Capreol Street and Aquaview Drive
  • Avalon Public School
  • St. Theresa School
Riverside Drive Mooney's Bay Place and Ridgewood Avenue Mooney's Bay Park
Smyth Road Edgecombe Street and Haig Drive
  • Vincent Massey Public School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • École secondaire catholique Franco-Cité
Spratt Road Canyon Walk Drive/Goldeneye Way and Shoreline Drive
  • Steve MacLean Public School
  • St. Jerome School
  • École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître
St. Laurent Boulevard Noranda Avenue and Clarke Avenue Queen Elizabeth Public School
Stittsville Main Street Bandelier Way and Hazeldean Road St. Stephen Elementary School
Stonehaven Drive  Bridle Park Drive and Tandalee Crescent
  • École élémentaire catholique Élisabeth-Bruyère
  • Roch Carrier Elementary School
  • St. Anne School
Tenth Line Road Amiens Street and Épinettes Avenue
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary
Walkley Road  Harding Road to Halifax Drive High speed location to be piloted
Watters Road Charlemagne Boulevard and Roberval Avenue St. Francis of Assisi School
Woodroffe Avenue Anthony Avenue and Saville Row Woodroffe Avenue Public School
Woodroffe Avenue Georgina Drive and Highway 417 D. Roy Kennedy Public School

The City is expanding the Automated Speed Enforcement program by gradually adding cameras to new locations. These include:

  • Bridge Street from West River Drive to Arthur Crescent
  • Cassidy Road from Bruin Lane to Bruin Lane
  • Castlefrank Road from Kakulu Road to Hungerford Gate
  • Colonial Road from Delson Drive to Frank Kenny Road
  • Crichton Street from Vaughn Street to St. Patrick Street
  • Kitchener Avenue from Cochrane Street to Jasper Avenue
  • Knoxdale Road from Skipton Road to Cremona Crescent
  • Longfields Drive from Strandherd Drive to Marketplace Avenue
  • Main Street from Evelyn Avenue to Springhurst Avenue
  • Merivale Road from MacFarlane Road to Brookdale Avenue
  • Ogilvie Road from Kender Avenue to La Verendrye Drive
  • Old Richmond Road from Kimberly Road to Tanglewood Drive
  • Ottawa Street from McBean Street to Cockburn Street
  • Prince of Wales Drive from Falaise Road to Normandy Crescent/Kochar Drive
  • Queen Mary Street from Quill Street to Edith Avenue
  • Stittsville Main Street from Hobin Street to Beverly Street
  • Stoneway Drive from Forest Gate Way to Mountain Ash Drive
  • Terry Fox Drive from Richardson Side Road to Old Second Line Road
  • Walkley Road from Colliston Crescent to Colliston Crescent

Fines and penalites

Once the cameras are active, motorists photographed speeding through these areas will get a ticket. Like speeding tickets issued by police officers, the fine amount will be based on how much the driver was exceeding the posted speed limit. Since all City of Ottawa speed cameras are installed in Community Safety Zones, fines will be doubled – even if it occurred outside of school hours (fine is based on the posted speed at the time of the infraction).

Tickets are mailed to the registered plate owner of the vehicle with no demerit points, within 30 days. There are options for payment or response to the Provincial Offence Violation.

Please visit aseontario.com to learn more on automated speed enforcement tickets and fines in Ontario.

Active ASE System Certificates of Accuracy

The law requires that the speed measurement component of each Automated Speed Enforcement System is verified once every twelve months to ensure that it is accurate. A Provincial Offences Officer issuing a charge must first verify that there is a Certificate of Accuracy for the device issued within twelve months of the date of the offence.

The following active Automated Speed Enforcement System Certificates of Accuracy have been made available for disclosure. Please refer to the location and offence date on your Automated Speed Enforcement System Offence Notice to help identify the corresponding Certificate of Accuracy.

Certificates of Accuracy
Location code Location name Offence date and time
E001 Longfields Drive northbound near Via Verona Avenue May 03, 2023 at 11:12 am to Present
E002 Innes Road eastbound near Provence Avenue January 15, 2024 at 2:59 pm to Present
E003 Bayshore Drive southbound near 50 Bayshore Drive May 03, 2023 at 3:47 pm to Present
E004 Katimavik Road westbound near Castlefrank Road May 31, 2023 at 8:57 am to Present
E005 Watters Road eastbound near Charlemagne Boulevard January 15, 2024 at 3:25 pm to Present
E006 Ogilvie Road westbound near Appleford Street January 15, 2024 at 1:57 pm to Present
E007 Smyth Road westbound near Edgecombe Street January 15, 2024 at 12:26 pm to Present
E008 Meadowlands Drive West westbound near Thatcher Street May 03, 2023 at 11:33 am to Present
E009 Bearbrook Road southbound near Innes Road June 13, 2023 at 10:37 am to Present
E010 Alta Vista Drive southbound near Ridgemont Avenue May 30, 2023 at 11:58 am to Present
E011 Greenbank Road northbound near Harrison Street  January 15, 2024 at 11:23 am to Present
E012 Abbott Street E eastbound near Shea Road May 31, 2023 at 7:36 am to Present
E013 St.Laurent Boulevard southbound near Noranda Avenue June 13, 2023 at 9:53 am to Present
E014 Tenth Line Road southbound near Amiens Street June 13, 2023 at 1:01 pm to Present
E015 Fisher Avenue northbound near Kintyre Private September 12, 2023 at 4:56 am to Present
E016 Kanata Avenue eastbound near Goulbourn Forced Road May 31, 2023 at 8:53 am to Present
E017 Abbeyhill Drive eastbound near Aldburn Place September 13, 2023 at 5:57 am to Present
E018 Woodroffe Avenue northbound near Georgina Drive January 15, 2024 at 10:54 am to Present
E019 Bridgestone Drive westbound near Grassy Plains Drive June 21, 2023 at 7:58 am to Present
E020 Greenbank Road southbound near Bending Way January 12, 2024 at 11:23 am to Present
E021 Stittsville Main Street northbound near Bandelier Way July 5, 2023 at 7:52 am to Present
E022 Chapman Mills Drive eastbound near Beatrice Drive July 5, 2023 at 6:25 pm to Present
E023 Crestway Drive eastbound near Oldfield Street June 26, 2023 at 6:17 pm to Present
E024 Woodroffe Avenue northbound near Saville Row October 18, 2023 at 10:04 am to Present
E025 Portobello Boulevard southbound near Aquaview Drive October 25, 2023 at 4:01 pm to Present
E026 Cambrian Road eastbound near Greenbank Road October 18, 2023 at 10:05 am to Present
E027 Cedarview Road northbound near Fallowfield Road August 18, 2023 at 9:04 am to Present
E028 First Avenue westbound near Percy Street October 25, 2023 at 1:58 pm to Present

Inactive ASE System Certificates of Accuracy

The law requires that the speed measurement component of each Automated Speed Enforcement System is verified once every twelve months to ensure that it is accurate. A Provincial Offences Officer issuing a charge must first verify that there is a Certificate of Accuracy for the device issued within twelve months of the date of the offence.

The following inactive Automated Speed Enforcement System Certificates of Accuracy have been made available for disclosure. Please refer to the location and offence date on your Automated Speed Enforcement System Offence Notice to help identify the corresponding Certificate of Accuracy.

Certificates of Accuracy
Location code Location name Offence date and time
E001 Longfields Drive northbound near Via Verona Avenue November 9, 2020 at 12:01 am to February 3, 2021 at 3:39 pm
E001 Longfields Drive northbound near Via Verona Avenue February 3, 2021 at 3:40 pm to August 4, 2021 at 8:12 am
E001 Longfields Drive northbound near Via Verona Avenue August 4, 2021 at 8:13 am to June 1, 2022 at 6:54 am
E001 Longfields Drive northbound near Via Verona Avenue June 1, 2022 at 6:55 am to May 03, 2023 at 7:47 a.m.
E002 Innes Road eastbound near Provence Avenue July 13, 2020 at 12:01 am to October 2, 2020 at 5:52 pm
E002 Innes Road eastbound near Provence Avenue October 2, 2020 at 5:53 pm to September 14, 2021 at 10:07 am
E002 Innes Road eastbound near Provence Avenue September 14, 2021 at 10:08 am to May 31, 2022 at 12:41 pm
E002 Innes Road eastbound near Provence Avenue May 31, 2022 at 12:42 pm to March 21, 2023 at 12:06 pm
E002 Innes Road eastbound near Provence Avenue March 21, 2023 at 12:38 pm to January 15, 2024 at 2:58 pm
E003 Bayshore Drive southbound near 50 Bayshore Drive July 13, 2020 at 12:01 am to November 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm
E003 Bayshore Drive southbound near 50 Bayshore Drive November 6, 2020 at 2:53 pm to September 20, 2021 at 4:05 pm
E003 Bayshore Drive southbound near 50 Bayshore Drive September 20, 2021 at 4:06 pm to June 1, 2022 at 7:21 am
E003 Bayshore Drive southbound near 50 Bayshore Drive June 1, 2022 at 7:22 am to May 03, 2023 at 6:06 am
E004 Katimavik Road westbound near Castlefrank Road September 8, 2020 at 7:00 am to October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm
E004 Katimavik Road westbound near Castlefrank Road February 9, 2021 at 2:26 pm to April 30, 2021 at 9:48 am
E004 Katimavik Road westbound near Castlefrank Road April 30, 2021 at 9:49 am to April 13, 2022 at 11:23 am
E004 Katimavik Road westbound near Castlefrank Road April 13, 2022 at 11:24 am to September 7, 2022 at 7:53 am
E004 Katimavik Road westbound near Castlefrank Raod September 7, 2022 at 7:53 am to May 31, 2023 at 6:45 am 
E005 Watters Road eastbound near Charlemagne Boulevard November 13, 2020 at 12:01 am to September 14, 2021 at 10:11 am
E005 Watters Road eastbound near Charlemagne Boulevard September 14, 2021 at 10:12 am to May 31, 2022 at 1:39 pm
E005 Watters Road eastbound near Charlemagne Boulevard May 31, 2022 at 1:40 pm to March 21, 2023 at 7:09 am
E005 Watters Road eastbound near Charlemagne Boulevard March 21, 2023 at 1:28 pm to January 15, 2024 at 3:24 pm
E006 Ogilvie Road westbound near Appleford Street September 8, 2020 at 7:00 am to October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm
E006 Ogilvie Road westbound near Appleford Street February 13, 2021 at 12:15 pm to August 10, 2021 at 12:39 pm
E006 Ogilvie Road westbound near Appleford Street  August 10, 2021 at 12:40 pm to May 17, 2022 at 8:03 am
E006 Ogilvie Road westbound near Appleford Street May 17, 2022 at 8:04 am to March 21, 2023 at 9:41 am
E006 Ogilvie Road westbound near Appleford Street March 21, 2023 at 11:09 am am to January 15 at 1:56 pm
E007 Smythe Road westbound near Edgecombe Street July 13, 2020 at 12:01 am to August 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
E007 Smythe Road westbound near Edgecombe Street December 23, 2020 at 12:01 am to August 25, 2021 at 2:38 pm
E007 Smythe Road westbound near Edgecombe Street August 25, 2021 at 2:39 pm to May 31, 2022 at 9:10 am
E007 Smythe Road westbound near Edgecombe Street May 31, 2022 at 9:11 am to April 25, 2023 at 6:12 am
E007 Smythe Road westbound near Edgecombe Street April 25, 2023 at 8:39 am to January 15, 2024 at 12:25 pm
E008 Meadowlands Drive W westbound near Thatcher Street July 13, 2020 at 12:01 am to August 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
E008 Meadowlands Drive W westbound near Thatcher Street December 23, 2020 at 12:01 am to August 4, 2021 at 8:39 am
E008 Meadowlands Drive W westbound near Thatcher Street August 4, 2021 at 8:40 am to June 1, 2022 at 7:03 am
E008 Meadowlands Drive W westbound near Thatcher Street June 1, 2022 at 7:04 am to May 3, 2023 at 10:40 am
E009 Bearbrook Road southbound near Innes Road February 17, 2022 at 9:52 am to September 6, 2022 at 6:44 am
E009 Bearbrook Road southbound near Innes Road September 6, 2022 at 6:45 am to June 13, 2023 at 6:53 am
E010 Alta Vista Drive southbound near Ridgemont Avenue March 9, 2022 at 1:51 pm to September 6, 2022 at 6:46 am
E010 Alta VIsta Drive southbound near Ridgemont Avenue September 6, 2022 at 6:47 am to May 30, 2023 at 6:32 am
E011 Greenbank Road northbound near Harrison Street March 24, 2022 at 4:52 pm to May 11, 2022 at 9:10 am
E011 Greenbank Road northbound near Harrison Street May 11, 2022 at 9:11 am to March 22, 2023 at 5:10 am
E011 Greenbank Road northbound near Harrison Street March 22, 2023 at 8:25 am to January 15, 2024 at 11:22 am
E012 Abbott Street E eastbound near Shea Road April 13, 2022 at 12:59 pm to September 7, 2022 at 6:17 am
E012 Abbott Street E eastbound near Shea Road September 7, 2022 at 6:18 am to May 31, 2023 at 5:33 am
E013 St. Laurent Boulevard southbound near Noranda Avenue April 4, 2022 at 12:24 pm to September 6, 2022 at 7:55 am
E013 St. Laurent Boulevard southbound near Noranda Avenue September 6, 2022 at 7:56 am to June 13, 2023 at 7:35 am
E014 Tenth Line Road southbound near Amiens Street May 17, 2022 at 12:00 pm to September 13, 2022 at 8:14 am
E014 Tenth Line Road southbound near Amiens Street September 13, 2022 at 8:15 am to June 13, 2023 at 7:35 am
E015 Fisher Avenue northbound near Kintyre Private October 14, 2022 at 12:10 pm to September 12, 2023 at 4:41 am
E016 Kanata Avenue eastbound near Goulbourn Forced Road October 12, 2022 at 10:14 am to May 31, 2023 at 7:41 am
E017 Abbeyhill Drive eastbound near Aldburn Place November 16, 2022 at 10:20 pm to September 13, 2023 at 5:52 am
E018 Woodroffe Avenue northbound near Georgina Drive March 20, 2023 at 4:52 pm to January 15, 2024 at 10:53 am
E020 Greenbank Road southbound near Bending Way November 8, 2023 at 7:10 pm to January 12, 2024 at 11:22 am

ASE Program Data

Speed data collected and stored by Automated Speed Enforcement cameras is used to track and measure the effectiveness of the program. Data evaluated through the ASE program has shown that there’s been a significant reduction in driving speeds and an increase in compliance to the posted speed limit, across all camera sites. These improvements are directly correlated with increased safety for all road users.

 

Monthly data for the following key performance indicators is published on Open Data Ottawa:

  • Average speed
  • 85th percentile speed (the speed at or below which 85 percent of vehicles travel)
  • Speed limit compliance percentage
  • High-end speeder percentage (drivers travelling 15 km/h or more over the posted speed limit)

 

A summary of site specific monthly Automated Speed Enforcement camera violations is also available on Open Data Ottawa. These Open Data files are updated monthly and continue to expand as new camera locations are installed.