New rules and regulations have been put in place regarding social gatherings and the use of municipal facilities in order to protect residents. It is important to be aware of these regulations and know who to contact if you witness violations or non-compliance.
Ottawa’s Noise By-Law In support of the community and local economy, all retail establishments are exempt from the regulations of the City of Ottawa’s Noise By-law pertaining to deliveries until further notice. This means that deliveries can take place at any time of day to ensure store shelves are stocked with essential goods.
Construction noise regulations have not changed. It is a violation for construction sites or heavy equipment to operate in any structure, highway or building:
• Monday-Saturday: Between 10 pm and 7 am
• Sundays and holidays: Between 10 pm and 9 am
Further limits are placed on the demolition and construction of buildings in established residential neighbourhoods. Infill construction is not permitted:
• Weekdays: Between 8 pm and 7 am
• Weekends and holidays: Between 7 pm and 9 am
Enforcement The primary focus for Ottawa Police Services and Regulatory Services is awareness and education. While gatherings over 50 people are legally prohibited, it is imperative that we all follow recommendations for physical (social) distancing, avoid crowds and maintain a distance of two metres (six feet) from those around you. For more information, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s page on this topic.
*Please note that Ontario’s Cabinet is considering a ban on gatherings over five people.
By-law and Regulatory Services (BLRS) enforce any gatherings in City of Ottawa parks, including the use of play structures, and will enforce any restaurants that are offering dine-in options to its customers. Residents should call 3-1-1 if they have concerns. Ottawa Police Ottawa Police Services will continue investigating other matters, such as gatherings of 50 people or more and other business that are open without an exemption. Residents can call 613-236-1222 to report any such gathering or incident.
Ottawa Police Service are responsible for the enforcement of requests regarding the Quarantine Act. OPS is currently awaiting more information from the federal government on enforcement guidelines to determine how the Quarantine Act will be enforced.