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Allow Pets on OC Transpo Public Transit

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The Ottawa Pet Expo petitions for a "Pets on Public Transit Policy" to be introduced as a six-month pilot project, allowing small pets in crates/carriers on public transit during off-peak hours. During this six-month pilot period, OC Transpo bus drivers will be given the discretion to refuse boarding to anyone with a crate that exceeds size restrictions, e.g. larger than can be carried and stored easily or a crate or carrier that appears insecure.

Currently, OC Transpo does not permit animals on buses, except for guide dogs and certified assistance animals on-leash. OC Transpo is governed under the Canadian Transportation Act, and the City of Ottawa Transit By-Law, No. 2007-268). Under the Ontario Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) OC Transpo also allows anxiety & therapeutic dogs on-leash to board the bus.


  • There are over 25 cities across Canada successfully allowing pets on their public transit systems. The major cities of Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg currently allow pets on their public transit systems and all three have indicated they have never experienced problems with this policy. 

  • Ottawa By-law and Regulatory Services Branch and the Ottawa Spay & Neuter Clinic have supported the concept of permitting appropriately contained and/or controlled pets on public transit.

  • Ottawa Public Health have researched the relevant public health issues of a "Pets on Public Transit Policy"  including possible allergy concerns and felt comfortable with a pilot project going ahead.

  • The Ottawa Humane Society have supported the "Pets on Public Transit Policy" as it would help low income pet owners get to their necessary appointments, and allow greater ability for people to return and pick up stray animals.

  • This policy would assist persons who require the support of small service & therapeutic animals; people who volunteer with their certified therapy animals to visit the elderly and infirm in hospitals, nursing facilities and retirement homes; seniors; people with disabilities; and those on limited incomes, who are most in need of affordable transportation to get their companion animals to veterinary appointments, training classes, etc.  


By signing this petition, I hereby acknowledge that this petition will become a public document at the City of Ottawa and that all information contained in it will be subject to the scrutiny of the City, and will be publicly available. Questions about the collection and disclosure of personal information contained in this petition should be directed to the City Clerk, 110 Laurier Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1.





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