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Free parking returns for municipal pay and display parking lots until New Year

Posted on Tuesday October 13, 2020
Downtown Orillia Parking Map
Map indicating free 3-hour and 5-hour municipal parking lots in Downtown Orillia.

Fees for on-street parking and permit lots remain in effect


In an effort to continue supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Orillia is providing free customer parking in municipal pay and display parking lots from Oct. 13, 2020 until Jan. 1, 2021. 

The free customer parking applies to municipal pay and display parking lots only for a time limit of three hours with the exception of Lot 10 that will have a time limit of five hours (see map). Fees for on-street and municipal permit parking lots remain in effect. 

“As the colder weather sets in and local businesses are gearing up for the crucial Christmas shopping season, the City of Orillia is once again offering a free parking option in the downtown core to encourage our residents and visitors to shop local,” said Coun. Ted Emond, Chair of the Economic Recovery Task Force. “As we navigate the impacts of the second wave of COVID-19, it is extremely important to support all our local businesses in a safe manner.” 

In past years, the City of Orillia has offered free parking in municipal pay and display lots from mid-November through to Jan. 1. The early commencement in 2020 will further support local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Passport Parking app can be used to pay for on-street parking, but is not required in the pay and display parking lots during the free customer parking period. 

The City continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt services and community assistance and prevention measures accordingly. For detailed information on City services and amenities, please visit

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Coun. Ted Emond
Chair, Economic Recovery Task Force

Jennifer Ruff
Director of Business Development and Communications