Free on-street parking program to support business recovery — Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m to 6p.m.
On-street parking will be free at all parking pay stations, and for HotSpot users, each Thursday and Friday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday, June 17 to Friday, Sept. 10.
Additionally, the municipality will be covering the 10 cent transaction fees for HotSpot users, at all times of day, from Thursday, June 17 to Friday, Sept. 10. New users can download the HotSpot app from their preferred app store and select “Pay Per Use” at sign up. Existing HotSpot users with either a monthly or annual subscription can contact HotSpot directly to adjust their account settings to a Pay Per Use model for the months of June, July, August and September to benefit from transaction-free parking. HotSpot contact information can be found here.
Residents are reminded that parking is free on weekdays after 6 p.m., on weekends and holidays.
Note: Private parking garages and off-street lots are not included in this promotion. Motorists must abide by other posted signage, such as accessible parking, fire hydrants and no-stopping.
The Support Business Recovery Program also includes improved signage and communications around available parking options downtown, as well as the implementation of a large-scale merchant validation program for up to 200 small businesses. These recommendations were partly informed through engagement with the downtown, and surrounding area, business districts to support business that were significantly impacted by COVID-19.