Ottawa streets and sidewalks get spring sweep

The City of Ottawa has started its annual spring clean up, which includes sweeping streets and sidewalks to remove debris and materials that have accumulated throughout the winter.

This annual effort started March 19, and crews are working around the clock to sweep over 6,500 lane kilometres of roadway and over 2,000 kilometres of sidewalks to get the job done as quickly as possible and to reduce the impact to residents and businesses. Sweeping operations will include daytime and night-time work and will cause some noise and dust. We appreciate residents’ patience during this time.

Concentrated Sweeping Operations

In addition to regular sweeping operations, the City completes “concentrated” sweeping in core neighbourhoods that have continuous on-street parking, which prevents effective sweeping of the roadway. These neighbourhoods include the downtown core, Vanier, New Edinburgh, Sandy Hill and the Glebe.

Parking Restrictions

To allow crews to complete the concentrated sweeping operations, daytime and night-time on-street parking restrictions will be in effect in the above neighbourhoods between Monday, March 26 and Friday, March 30. The parking restrictions apply to all vehicles, including those with on-street parking permits.

Temporary “no parking” signs will be posted prominently in these areas. Vehicles parked where temporary “no-parking” signs are posted could be ticketed and towed to nearby streets.

City streets are swept, and where required, a flusher truck uses water pressure to flush the debris to the side of the curbs. A vacuum truck then picks up the majority of grit, debris, small particles and dust. This operation might be repeated several times to ensure a clean surface. If vehicles are parked on the street, the un-swept area is noted and crews must then return to sweep that portion. Your patience and cooperation in keeping vehicles off the streets during this period is appreciated.


The City of Ottawa Noise By-law allows for this service to be performed during night-time hours.

For more information, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).