Canada Day: Traffic Impacts

With the implementation of road closures and restrictions for Canada Day celebrations around downtown, residents are encouraged to plan ahead of time and expect delays. OC Transpo is offering no-charge special service on Canada Day. Visit https://www.octranspo.com/.../art.../canada-day-service-2022 for details.


A motor vehicle control zone, as illustrated in the map, will come into effect from Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 AM until Monday, July 4 at 6: AM. This means:


  • The roads are not closed. Residential and business traffic, as well as pedestrians, cyclists and public transit are permitted to enter and exit the control zone.

  • Motor vehicles taking part in any form of demonstration, event, protest or rally will not be permitted.

  • Barricades, heavy equipment or police officers and vehicles will be at various access points surrounding the control zone, to filter lawful traffic onto those streets.

  • There is no on-street parking or stopping as indicated by posted signage on roads in the control zone.

  • Parking within the control zone is only available in parking lots and garages. These may be busy, so plan your travel times appropriately.

  • Motorists failing to observe temporary no-stopping signage may be ticketed and towed.

  • Expect traffic delays in the control zone and on surrounding roads.

  • The removal of the control zone, currently planned for Monday July 4 at 6 AM, may be delayed should conditions warrant it. Temporary parking signage will remain in effect until removed by the City.

In addition, some special events planned across the city on Canada Day impact nearby roads, with closures and parking restrictions. For Cumberland Ward residents, note the following:


  • A section of Boundary Road starting at Russell Road will be closed from 8:30 PM to 10 PM.

  • Trim Road will be closed between Highway 174 and Petrie Island from 7:00 AM till midnight.

For the most current road conditions, visit https://traffic.ottawa.ca/map/?lang=en and select both the ‘Events’ and ‘Incidents’ fields.

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