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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19 Parking Changes in St. Catharines

As the City of Catharines continues to support the efforts to slow the COVID-19 virus, on a temporary basis payment is not required for on-street or in municipal parking lots. This is to take away numerous people touching the same parking machines throughout the day. Parking enforcement for lack of payment will also be suspended until further notice.

Parking enforcement is currently limited to safety-related issues such as fire-routes, accessible parking, no-parking areas and fire hydrants . Time-limit restrictions have been relaxed to help those working from home or self- isolating. If you have a driveway the City encourages you to use it, keeping in mind there could be increased stationary vehicles on the road. We are all in this together – let’s be considerate of our neighbours.

All residential permits that expire while we are closed to the public will still be honoured. Any new permits or renewals can be purchased once City Hall reopens.

Residents who would like to dispute a ticket, can do so by scheduling a telephone screening. Phone interviews will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:50 a.m. until further notice.

The situation is evolving every hour and we are continually monitoring. Please stay informed and watch for updates at

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