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Spring Operations

Updated: 3 days ago

Compiled by the Ward 3 Team from various City of Ottawa sources

Spring Operations Update from the Public Works Department

Keeping our City Moving

Keeping our City Clean & Green

Keeping our City Active & Safe

Resident-Supported Spring Cleaning

Street Sweeping Operations

Update (April 18, 2024)

Crews have been hard at work cleaning sidewalks, bus stops and medians using sidewalk sweepers, leaf blowers, flusher trucks and hand brooms. The team has also been working on arterial and collector roads and in some residential neighborhoods. This work will continue over the coming weeks. Staff aim to complete residential sweeping during the day and move to main streets overnight, however, this may not always be possible.


There are no parking restrictions during city-wide street sweeping operations.


How long will it take? 


While our Maintenance Quality Standards (MQS) require us to complete street sweeping operations by May 31st, our crews started a little earlier this year and will continue to work diligently over the coming weeks to complete the spring cleanup as soon as operationally possible. 


Street sweeping in concentrated areas is complete


The concentrated street sweeping program was completed on Saturday, April 13. More than 350 kilometres of urban core roadways were cleaned during the nine (9) day program. Now that the concentrated areas are complete, the equipment will be reallocated to support the city-wide street sweeping.


Resident support is required


  • Residents are reminded to not rake or blow leaves, lawn clippings or other debris onto the roadways as it can make our operations more challenging, especially if the area has already been swept.

  • Wherever possible, please remove vehicles from the roadway to allow the street sweeping teams to complete their clean-up efficiently. 


We recognize that street sweeping operations can be noisy and disruptive, for the short period in which they take place. However, they are an essential part of our spring clean-up efforts and as such, the City of Ottawa’s street sweeping operations are exempt from the Noise By-law (No. 2017-255) under Section 21(1) and may run at any time.   


More information about our street sweeping operations is available on   

Update (March 19, 2024)

How is it completed?

When to expect operations to begin

Spring Flooding and Freshet

Update (April 15, 2024)

The City of Ottawa is working with conservation authorities and Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board to monitor all rivers and tributaries in and affecting Ottawa.

Flows and levels are expected to continue increasing on the Ottawa River over the next few days and should start decreasing later this week. Minor flooding in low-lying areas may occur over the next week. Low-lying areas are those locations that regularly flood during the spring freshet period.

IWe will continue to monitor water levels, flows, precipitation and rate of melting ice and snow throughout the spring.

For information on water levels and flood plains, see the following websites:

Find out if your home is in a flood plain.



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