Green Light Program for Volunteer Firefighters Awareness

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Through a new signage campaign across rural Ottawa, the City is making an effort to remind motorists that vehicles with green flashing lights are being driven by volunteer firefighters who are responding to a call. As a courtesy, all road users are asked to allow these vehicles to pass quickly and safely.

Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters. Through the Green Light program, volunteer firefighters are equipped with green flashing lights for their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s vehicle, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency.

Drivers are asked, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. This may mean pulling over, if it is safe to do so, to allow the vehicle to pass.

Volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency typically need to drive their personal vehicles to a nearby fire station where they can transfer into a fire vehicle before responding to the scene of an incident. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact because every second counts.

Volunteer firefighters are also expected to follow the same rules of the road as all other drivers. The Highway Traffic Act allows volunteer firefighters to display a flashing green light when responding to emergencies. The use of the flashing green light on or in vehicles is restricted to fire services.

To increase awareness of the Green Light program, the City launched an awareness campaign recently. Drivers in rural areas may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding them of the program. This program has existed in rural Ottawa for several years and similar programs exist across North America in communities that are served by volunteer firefighters.

ReCollect Calendar App

The City of Ottawa is pleased to launch the ReCollect Collection Calendar app, in collaboration with the Service Innovation and Performance Department. The online ReCollect calendar has been in use since September 2012 and provides residents with a reminder of their collection day and the type of material scheduled for collection.                                                  

The new mobile app is now available free of charge through Apple and Android stores. By downloading the collection calendar app, residents will be able to receive notifications about their collection and quickly reference their collection calendar on their Apple and Android devices. ReCollect apps are used by over 100 municipalities across North America. Each of these mobile apps is unique to the municipality (name, artwork, content, etc.), and has been very well received by residents. In addition to weekly calendar reminders, customized waste diversion messages can also be incorporated into the app. 

In addition to the ReCollect app residents can access the ReCollect calendar on They can download and print the collection calendar, upload it to personal calendars or sign up for email, telephone or Twitter notifications.


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Monday, February 18th is Family Day - here's what's open and closed

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Family Day (Monday, February 18).

Recreation services:

  • Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open on Family Day for the Mayor’s Annual Family Day Skating Party, weather permitting.
  • Most recreation facilities will be modifying their hours of operation on Monday, February 18. There may be changes to schedules and program cancellations in order to provide special programming for the Family Day holiday. Additional swimming and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check schedules at or with the facility of your choice.

Client services:

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Family Day, February 18. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 19.
  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Family Day. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 19.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY): 613-580-2401.

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbside green bin , recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 19. In addition, the collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of February 18. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential green bin and recycling container collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 19. Collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of February 18. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of February 18.
  • The Trail Road landfill site is closed on Family Day, Monday, February 18.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions on Monday, February 18. Special school trips and school routes numbered in the 600s will not operate. The $7.75 DayPass will be valid as a Family DayPass. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be open from 7a.m. until 6p.m. on February18, except the Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • The OCTranspo Telephone Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 7a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be open from 8a.m. to 5:30p.m.

Cultural services:

  • Billings Estate National Historic Site and Shenkman’s Arts Centre are open for Family Day events.
  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres,Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site will be closed on Family Day. However, clients should check with or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.

Municipal child care services:

Library services:

  • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 18. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 19.

Ottawa Public Health:

Using the green bin to its full potential - tips from

As you know, October 29th marked a big change in the City of Ottawa's waste collection. The new contracts, which will save residents $10 million per year, mean that organic waste (your green bin) will now be picked up every week! Garbage pickup is now every two weeks, but by taking advantage of waste diversion opportunities - blue and black boxes and the green bin - you will see a noticeable difference in the amount of garbage by your curb and the smell that comes from it. (There has been no change to recycling pickup.)
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