News Release

Published on May 14, 2020

Today, the NCC is announcing an additional pilot project to partially close both the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway to motor vehicle traffic on weekends. The purpose of the project is to provide more outdoor space for residents to exercise while practising safe physical distancing.

As per Phase 1 of the NCC’s Framework for Public Use of Its Assets, this step builds on the Province of Ontario’s announcement regarding the commencement of Stage 1 of its recovery plan. Users are asked to access the closures by foot or by bike for the present time. The NCC will provide an update next week regarding the timing for the reopening of its parking lots.

These partial road closures will occur on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning Saturday, May 16, 2020, until Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Victoria Day holiday on Monday, May 18, 2020, will also be included in this closure.

The following sections of the parkways will be closed to motor vehicle traffic:

  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between Dominion Avenue (the Transitway) and Booth Street
  • Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway between the Aviation Parkway and St. Joseph Boulevard

Similar to what was done for the Queen Elizabeth Driveway closure, the NCC will ensure access for emergency vehicles, if required, and will undertake active monitoring and surveying. Users of this pilot project can follow these links to provide their feedback: 

Based on the results of the pilot, a decision will be made about the future of these parkway closures.

We ask that all users — cyclists and pedestrians alike — help ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment, and abide by basic safety rules such as keeping to the right and passing on the left, sounding a bell or calling out when passing, and staying alert.


Media information:

Corey Larocque
NCC Media Relations
613-286-0886 (cellular)