Security in Ottawa during Canada Day weekend

June 30, 2022

The safety and security of all visitors celebrating Canada Day on Parliament Hill and the surrounding area is a priority for Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).

We are working in close collaboration with parliamentary partners, which include the Parliamentary Protective Service, the National Capital Commission, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Police Services and the Ontario Provincial Police, to provide a safe environment for people attending the various events and to protect national monuments and our buildings in the National Capital Region during the Canada Day long weekend.

In consultation with Ottawa Police Services and the Parliamentary Protective Service, barricades have been installed in multiple areas in downtown Ottawa, including on Parliament Hill, the Senate of Canada Building, Library and Archives, Justice Building, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Crowd control barriers are frequently used during various events in the National Capital Region to provide guidance to the general public regarding safe and authorized boundaries.

Access to federal buildings in the downtown core will be restricted to employees who have a security pass and are required to be on site.

The Alexandra Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic, however, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the centre lane to cross the bridge in order to participate in celebrations taking place on both sides of the Ottawa River. The Chaudière Crossing will be closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge will remain open. For the latest information, please visit our web page on lane reductions and closures on interprovincial bridges.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as required.

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