The City of Ottawa will recognize the contributions of its veterans by offering them special transit services during National Veterans’ Week, which is on now until this Saturday, November 11. War veterans who wear their medals and/or uniforms ride free on OC Transpo, Para Transpo and STO all week. Companions accompanying veterans during National Veterans’ Week also ride free of charge.
On Saturday, November 11, OC Transpo and STO have adjustments and activities planned to commemorate Remembrance Day.
- OC Transpo and Para Transpo buses will pull over to the side of the road (where it is safe to do so) to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. The Last Post and Reveille will be played over the bus radios.
- OC Transpo will operate a regular Saturday schedule on November 11 and a regular weekday schedule on Monday, November 13. Minor detours or delays may occur due to Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies downtown and in communities across the city.
- Para Transpo has already begun booking for Remembrance Day transportation. Please call 613-244-4636 to suspend a regular booking for November 11.
- STO will operate a Saturday service November 11 and a special service on Monday, November 13
Free downtown parking for veterans on November 11
On November 11, vehicles with a veteran’s license plate and any person wearing a Canadian Armed Forces uniform and/or displaying service medals will be allowed to park for free in the parking garage at City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Free parking will also be available in the on-street paid areas around the National War Memorial, specifically on downtown streets north of the Queensway and west of the Rideau Canal. All other on-street parking regulations continue to apply.
Flags at City Hall and City facilities
The Poppy Flag will be flown at City Hall and all Client Service Centres to commemorate National Veterans’ Week. In addition, the flags at all City of Ottawa sites will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on November 11 to commemorate Remembrance Day, in honour of all Canadians who have served their country in time of war.
Schedule changes on Remembrance Day
In recognition of the significance of Remembrance Day, a city bylaw requires that most retail businesses are required to close until 12:30 p.m. on November 11. (City of Ottawa news release)