Security Message to U.S. Citizens in Ottawa – Planned Demonstration December 9 and 10, 2017

United States Embassy Ottawa, Canada

Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Planned Demonstration

December 8, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa informs U.S. citizens of demonstrations near the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from approximately 14:00 to 16:00 and on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 13:00 to 14:00.  Local authorities are aware of the demonstration and will be on site to monitor the event.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, and follow instructions of local authorities.

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.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa is located at 490 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 1G8, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and 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 1-613-238-5335.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).