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Ottawa Graffiti Program

Graffiti tag in Orleans / Fred SherwinThe City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Police are operating a pilot program to eradicate graffiti in our community.  They ask you to telephone 311 to report any graffiti tags on public property.
  • If you see graffiti vandalism happening, it is considered a crime in progress and can be reported by calling 9-1-1
  • If your property has been vandalized with graffiti, call the Ottawa Police Service Call Centre at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300.
  • All hate-based graffiti should be reported to the Ottawa Police Service Hate Crime Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 2466.
  • If you see graffiti on public property (parks, roads, street signs, utility boxes, newspaper boxes or Canada Post boxes), call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1.
  • If you wish to report graffiti vandalism anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 613-233-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-222-8477.

For further information, go to the Ottawa Police website graffiti page.  (Photo courtesy of Fred Sherwin)


Enhanced Graffiti Management Strategy

City Council today (23 May 2007) approved an enhanced Graffiti Management Strategy aimed at keeping Ottawa a clean, safe and beautiful city. The updated strategy will take effect in 2008 and builds upon lessons learned from the Orléans Graffiti Management Pilot Project, best practices from other municipalities, and responds to specific gaps identified by Council and citizens. Several initiatives under the new strategy include:

  • Adding 5 new zero tolerance zones, to the existing 5 downtown zero tolerance zones. In these areas, City staff remove graffiti on City property weekly. The new zones are: Cyrville/Carson Grove, Southgate, Barrhaven, Orléans and Manor Park.
  • The new by-law will make it easier for enforcement authorities to charge graffiti vandals. Also, under the by-law, property owners and businesses will be required to remove graffiti from their property. By-law and Regulatory Officers will take a common sense approach with property owners to establish a reasonable period of time in which to remove graffiti.
  • Offering a community Graffiti Symposium in early 2008, where graffiti removal specialists will demonstrate how to prevent and clean graffiti.
  • Providing $140,000 in annual grants to Ottawa's 14 Business Improvement Areas to assist businesses with graffiti removal.
  • Undertaking a public awareness campaign to promote prevention and removal of graffiti on private and business property.
  • Providing volunteer groups with the proper training, equipment and supplies to conduct effective graffiti clean-ups.
  • Providing an exemption in the by-law for two existing legal graffiti walls. Staff will monitor the effectiveness of the walls to deter graffiti in the surrounding areas.
  • Investigating options of offering a mural program similar to Toronto's Graffiti Transformation Program to facilitate underemployed youth and community groups creating murals in problem areas.

The City's Graffiti Management Strategy has been in operation since 2003, with a current budget of $585,000 per year. As a result of Council's approval of the enhanced Graffiti Management Strategy, Council will consider the total funding request of $1.9 million during the 2008 budget deliberations.

The City reminds residents that if you see graffiti, to report it by calling 3-1-1. If you see graffiti vandalism happening, it is considered a crime in progress and can be reported by calling 9-1-1.

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