Security Impacts on the National Capital Region during the North American Leaders’ Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 24, 2016  12:15pm

(Ottawa)--As the lead security agency for the North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS) to be held on June 29th, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is mandated for ensuring the safety and security of the Prime Minister of Canada as well as the leaders from the United States and Mexico while in Canada. To meet this mandate, the RCMP works in close collaboration with its municipal, provincial, and federal partners to provide security for International Protected Persons, Summit delegates, residents and visitors. The common goal is to provide a safe environment for this international meeting.

Ottawa-Gatineau residents and visitors will see increased police presence in the National Capital Region, various police vehicles and other equipment, as well as a security perimeter around the venue(s). This increased presence of police in the NCR is common practice for protective purposes.

A number of closures and restrictions will be put in place prior to and during the Summit in the downtown core as well as the Ottawa airport. Maps and information on specific road and waterway closures, as well as airspace restrictions are available on the City of Ottawa and RCMP National Division websites.

These security measures will be lifted as soon as possible in order to prepare for Canada Day celebrations.  Security measures and updates will be posted online at:

As always, police encourage the public to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings at all times. Report any suspicious activity or information, or anything that may be out of the ordinary to law enforcement officials by dialing 9-1-1. You may also report any suspicious activities which could pose a threat to national security to the National Security Information Line at 1-800-420-5805.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

RCMP
Media Relations
613-843-5999

Ottawa Police Service
Media Relations Office
613-236-1222, ext. 5366

City of Ottawa
613-580-2450