Ottawa Traffic and downtown service impacts will continue through the weekend due to protest

Freedom protest continues in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ON, Feb. 3, 2022 – The City of Ottawa advises residents that traffic and service impacts will continue Friday, February 4 and throughout the weekend. The number of demonstrators is expected to increase on the weekend.

Residents are advised to avoid non-essential travel, especially in the downtown core.

The following services will see delays or cancellations:

Ottawa Public Library branches

The Ottawa Public Library’s (link is external) Main and Rideau branches will remain closed until Monday, February 7.

City Hall

Ottawa City Hall and its amenities will remain closed for public access on Friday, February 4 and throughout the weekend.

These amenities include:

  • Rink of Dreams
  • Underground municipal parking lot

Traffic impacts

Many roadways across the city will experience traffic delays and disruptions. In addition, details may change on short notice and additional roads may be affected. Residents can continue to check our online traffic map (link is external) for up-to-date information on traffic delays and disruptions due to the demonstrations.

Impacts on OC Transpo

All bus routes with service downtown are expected to remain on detour, until service can be reliably returned to downtown streets. Residents who need to travel in and out of the downtown core should use O-Train Line 1.

Stay up to date on the latest transit information by visiting (link is external), calling 613-560-5000 or following OC Transpo’s Twitter (link is external)account.

Snow clearing

With the truck demonstration situation remaining very fluid, the City has contingencies in place for any accumulating snow – with possible small accumulations forecasted for Thursday night and Sunday. The City intends to keep focus on pedestrian and emergency access routes through the area, clearing and treating sidewalks and facilitating the safe movement of emergency vehicles.

We do not anticipate impacts to snow clearing operations in other parts of the city.

Waste and recycling collection

At this time, the City is not anticipating an impact to residential waste collection as a result of the demonstration. Residents can stay informed of curbside collection delays by signing up to receive notifications through the Ottawa Collection Calendar app; download the app or simply register for email updates by entering an address online.

Street-side receptacles and litter are being addressed where access permits.

SOURCE City of Ottawa

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