City of Ottawa: Thanksgiving Day schedule changes

Ottawa City Hall. File photo by Devyn Barrie.

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 11th.

Visit and to find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19.

Client Service Centres

  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters only. For more information, visit
  • The Client Services Centres at Ottawa City Hall, Ben Franklin Place, 580 Terry Fox Drive, and 255 Centrum Boulevard will be closed
  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Drive will also be closed
Garbage day. Photo by Glen Gower

Green bin, recycling, and garbage collection

  • There will be no curbside collection of green bins, recycling, or garbage on Thanksgiving Day. Collection scheduled for Monday, October 11 will be collected on Tuesday, October 12. For the remainder of the week, collection will be delayed by one day
  • Garbage at multi-residential properties will be collected on the regularly scheduled day. Multi-residential recycling, green bin, and bulky-item collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


  • All parking restrictions will remain in effect. Unsigned overtime restrictions have a six-hour limit on statutory holidays.


  • On Monday, October 11, all bus service – including R1 replacement bus service and O-Train Line 2 buses – will operate on a Sunday schedule
  • The OC Transpo Customer Service Centre in the Rideau Centre will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Plan ahead: call 613-560-5000 to book an appointment
    • All other OC Transpo Customer Service Centres are currently closed
  • You can buy or load a Presto card:
    • At Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, and Real Canadian Superstore locations
    • By phone at 1-8-PRESTO-123 (1-877-378-6123)
    • By downloading the PRESTO app
  • You can load your ParaPay account at or by calling 613-560-5000
  • Para Transpo operations:
    • Para Transpo will operate a holiday service. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled on Monday, October 11. Customers may start booking trips one week before by calling 613-560-5000 or using the online web form
    • The reservations line will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
    • The trip cancellation line will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m.
  • The Taxi Coupon phone line will be closed
  • Heartwood House (OC Transpo Lost and Found) will be closed
  • For more information on Thanksgiving Day service, visit or call 613-560-5000
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Library Services

Recreation and cultural services

  • Some indoor pools will be open for public swimming, with modified schedules
  • Some weight and cardio rooms will be open, with modified schedules
  • Some drop-in fitness and sport activities will be offered on a modified schedule. Check with your facility to confirm.
  • Most registered programs will be cancelled. Since there are some exceptions, check with your facility to confirm.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH)

  • Visit the OPH COVID-19 Vaccine page for vaccination hours and availability
  • Visit the OPH COVID-19 Testing Information page for hours of operation and to book appointments at assessment centres and care clinics in Ottawa
    • Some testing locations will have adjusted operating hours on Monday, October 11. Before booking an appointment, please review your local testing site’s hours

Public Health Services

  • The Sexual Health Clinic and satellite clinics will be closed
  • The Site program office and supervised consumption services at 179 Clarence Street will be closed. The Site mobile van will operate from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • The Ottawa Public Health Information Centre and COVID-19 Information Line will be closed
  • The Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Booking line at 613-691-5505 will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 11
  • Dental clinics will be closed
  • The Baby Help Line will be closed

Community and Social Services

  • The Tom Brown respite centre at 141 Bayview Station Road and the Bernard Grandmaître respite centre at 309 McArthur Avenue will both be closed
    • The centres will reopen on Tuesday, October 12 during regular operating hours

Municipal childcare services

  • All municipal childcare services will be closed

Visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) for more information on City programs and services. You can also connect with the City of Ottawa through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


2 thoughts on “City of Ottawa: Thanksgiving Day schedule changes”

  1. I penned the following verses with genuine consideration for the countless hungry souls worldwide for whom there’s nothing to be thankful on Thanksgiving Day—nor any other day of the year, for that matter—COVID-19 crisis or not …

    GRACE Pass me the holiday turkey, peas / and the delicious stuffing flanked / by buttered potatoes with gravy / since I’ve said grace with plenty ease / for the good food received I’ve thanked / my Maker who’s found me worthy. // It seems that unlike the many of those / in the unlucky Third World nation / I’ve been found by God deserving / to not have to endure the awful woes / and the stomach wrenching starvation / suffered by them with no dinner serving. // Therefore hand over to me the corn / the cranberry sauce, fresh baked bread / since for my grub I’ve praised the Lord / yet I need not hear about those born / whose meal I’ve been granted instead / as they receive / naught of the grand hoard.

    1. A lovely Grace and beautifully written. Your work sadly identifies the state of our world. We are so fortunate to live in Canada.

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