City schedule changes for Canada Day

Ottawa City Hall. File photo by Devyn Barrie.

There are schedule changes to City services for Canada Day. Some of the changes affect the week following – more so garbage collection. Also included are guidelines for the use of consumer fireworks, as well as outside fires. Here is a list of services for your convenience.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection

  • There will be no curbside collection of green binsrecycling or garbage on Canada Day. Collection scheduled for Thursday, July 1 will be collected on Friday, July 2. Friday’s collection will take place on Saturday, July 3.
  • Garbage at multi-residential properties will be collected on the regularly scheduled day. Collection of recycling and green bins will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be open on Canada Day and Saturday, July 3 from 9 am to 5 pm.


  • All overtime parking, signed or unsigned, are not being enforced on residential streets. All other parking restrictions are in effect.

Transit service

  • OC Transpo will offer no-charge service all day on Canada Day. Use OC Transpo’s Travel Planner to plan your trip.
  • Buses will run on a Sunday schedule. Extra service will be available for busy routes. O-Train Line 1 will operate on a reduced weekday schedule, with evening service extended until 1 am. O-Train Line 2 bus service will operate on a Saturday schedule, with evening service extended until 1 am.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Service Centre in the Rideau Centre will be open on July 1 by appointment only. Appointments are available between 10 am and 5 pm. Call 613-741-4390 to book an appointment.
    • All other OC Transpo Customer Service Centres remain closed at this time.
  • Para Transpo operations:
    • Para Transpo will operate a holiday service. Regular scheduled trips are automatically cancelled on Thursday, July 1. Customers may start booking trips one week before by calling 613-244-7272 or online beginning Thursday, June 24.
    • Para Transpo service will be extended, with pickups available until 2:30 am (2 am for rural trips).
    • The reservations line (613-244-7272) will be open from 7 am until 9 pm.
    • The trip cancellation and general inquiries line (613-244-4636) will be open with extended hours from 6 am until 3 am.
    • Taxi Coupons (613-842-3670) will be closed.
  • For more information on Canada Day service, visit or call 613-741-4390.

Ottawa Public Health

Visit the OPH COVID-19 Vaccine page for vaccination booking information and to determine your eligibility.

Visit the OPH COVID-19 Testing Information page for hours of operation and to book appointments at assessment centres and care clinics in Ottawa.

Recreation services

Library Services


  • Consumer fireworks may only be discharged between Wednesday June 30 and Friday, July 2. Fireworks displays must be directly supervised by someone 18 or older and must take place on private property with the property owner’s permission. Minimum safety distances, as indicated on the fireworks product, must be maintained from spectators, buildings, vegetation and vehicles. The display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.
  • Sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in the City of Ottawa, except on Canada Day and the seven business days immediately preceding it.
  • It is prohibited to sell or use firecrackers in the Province of Ontario at all times. Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-law for further details.
  • It is prohibited to discharge fireworks on City property – which includes parks, sports fields and beaches.
  • Ottawa’s four school boards also do not allow discharging fireworks on any of their school properties, including sports fields and tracks.
  • The use of consumer fireworks dramatically increases risk of fire and injury. Ottawa Fire Services does not recommend holding personal fireworks displays. For safety tips on how to reduce risks if you do choose to use fireworks this weekend, please visit

Outside fires

  • A permit is required to light a fire on private property anywhere in the City of Ottawa. This includes having a backyard fire, using an outdoor wood-burning fireplace or using a large fire pit.
  • A permit is not necessary for outdoor natural gas, propane or ethanol fireplaces.
  • It is unsafe to set and maintain open air fires in certain areas of the City. Check online through MyServiceOttawa to verify if your address is eligible for a permit.

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