Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada

April 20, 2018

Location: Announced gathering points include the following neighborhoods in Ottawa, Canada:

  • Parliament Hill area

Event: A demonstration is expected to take place near Parliament Hill Friday, April 20, 2018 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Local authorities are aware of the demonstration and will be on site.  U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid those areas during the scheduled hours of the demonstration.  The demonstration is an annual gathering to call for the decriminalization of marijuana in Canada.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas of the demonstration.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.

For Assistance:

The U.S. Embassy is located at 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada K1N 1G8 and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm on Monday to Friday.  You can reach us at 1-613-688-5335 during business hours.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is 1-613-688-5335.  Our e-mail address is

State Department – Consular Affairs (888)407-4747 or (202)501-4444

For further information about security in Canada:

See the Department of State travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Canada Country Specific Information.

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

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