People with special needs

Canadian Heritage would like to highlight the various accessibility accommodations that will be offered on July 1st.

On Parliament Hill

  • A raised platform seating area for people with special needs:
    • Located on the South-West Lawn, by Lower Driveway;
    • A two-tiered, raised platform with a ramp and covered by a tent is also available for mobility device users;
    • Accessible washrooms at the raised platform location will be available;
    • Please be advised that all morning programming will be on the East Lawn.
  • A drop-off/pick-up point will be located at the intersection of Bank and Wellington streets with shuttle bus service to the reserved seating area on the Hill (no parking permitted). Volunteers will be on hand to provide assistance if needed, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. If you are not using the shuttle service, you can access the reserved seating area by entering the Metcalfe St. gate to the Hill.
  • Volunteers will be on site to provide assistance. Please note, the volunteers do not provide attendant care services.
  • Sign language interpretation will be shown on the on-stage screens during the noon show. (ASL and LSQ).
  • Accessible portable toilets are available on the site.
  • Induction loop system for those who are hard of hearing will be available at the platform (A credit card or a photo identification will be required).

Please note that space on the raised platform is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations and one companion only). Due to construction on Parliament Hill, the Changing of the Guard will take place on the East Lawn as opposed to the West Lawn.

At Major’s Hill Park and at the Canadian Museum of History

  • Drop-off point (no parking available on site)
    • Major’s Hill Park: Mackenzie Avenue at St. Patrick Street, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Canadian Museum of History: Entrance on Laurier Street, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Reserved area on the lawn for those using mobility devices.
  • Accessible portable toilets
  • Induction loop system for those who are hard of hearing will be available at the first aid tent (A credit card or a photo identification will be required).

Please be advised that on July 1st many streets will be closed to vehicular traffic. We encourage you to plan your day in advance. Participants are invited to take advantage of accessible public transit. For details and information on accessible transit please visit www.octranspo.com or www.sto.ca.

Information in regards to universal access at the Canada Day celebration sites

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