Fireworks can only be used on Canada Day and the day before or after
Are you planning to light your own firework display on Canada Day? Before you purchase and light the fuse, here are some safety tips and rules from the City’s Fireworks By-law to prevent any injuries and property damage.
This year’s Victoria Day weekend demonstrated the need to practice caution. The City received a series of public complaints and emergency calls about fireworks. So, before the fuse is lit, here are some things to know in advance.
The sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in Ottawa, except on Canada Day and the seven business days leading up to it.
Location and age requirement for discharging fireworks
Fireworks displays must be directly supervised by an adult, 18 years and older, and must take place on private property – with permission from the property owner.
No discharging fireworks on City parks and sports fields
Discharging fireworks is not allowed on City property – which includes all parks, sports fields and beaches.
School properties and sports fields are out of bounds too
The four local school boards – Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario – do not allow discharging fireworks on all school premises, including all track and sports field areas.
Check out the full details about the City’s Fireworks By-law on ottawa.ca.
Consider alternative activities to fireworks
Please keep in mind that as much as many people enjoy the sound and light show produced by fireworks many people including animals do not.
No matter its length, a firework display’s sounds can trigger panic in vulnerable populations, as well as wildlife and domestic pets like cats and dogs. Fireworks can be a significant stressor for people living with PTSD, including veterans and survivors and witnesses of gun violence. The loud, unexpected noise can serve as a reminder of traumatic memories. It can also be overwhelming for those with sensory sensitivities, including people with autism.
Please consider the many other ways to safely celebrate and Canada Day with family and friends while respecting others so that they can do the same.