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Parking Lots and Garages

There are more than 1,000 downtown parking spots offered by the City of St. Catharines. Use the map below to see parking options offered by the City.

Payment options for each parking lot and garage are included in the parking map displayed below.

 

 

Elevator temporarily closed at the Ontario Street Parking Garage

The Ontario Street Parking Garage will remain open during renovations to replace two stairways in the building and upgrade the elevator.

Both stairways, including the stairs, landings and railings, their enclosures and the elevator lobby on the William Street side of the building will be removed and replaced. 

  • North-west stairway, elevator and lobby
    As of June 1, the elevator and lobby will be temporarily closed while crews complete upgrades and renovations. The elevator upgrades include new mechanical parts, buttons, lighting and paneling. The work, including the replacement of the lobby and stairway, is expected to be complete by late September.

  • The elevator and lobby serve as the accessible entrance into the Ontario Street Parking Garage. The City has made available two accessible on-street parking spots on William Street as well as four additional accessible parking spaces at the St. Paul Street / Westchester Parking Lot while the elevator and lobby are under renovations and accessible parking spots inside the parking garage are temporarily inaccessible.

  • North-east stairway and enclosure (closest to William Street vehicle exit)
    Sept. 24 to late December
    Stairway and vehicle exit closest to the stairway enclosure closed during construction

At least one stairway on the William Street side of the parking garage and both stairways on the Ontario Street side of the building will be open at all times. Signage will direct parking garage users to the closest available stairway.

Call Citizens First at 905.688.5600 or email for more information.

Special Event Parking - Meridian Centre and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

Parking Garages and the Head Street, Race Street and Garden Park Parking Lots

Special event parking is $5 when evening and weekend events are happening at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre or Meridian Centre. Payment is by cash only and is paid on entrance to the garage / parking lots.

IceDogs Way Parking Lot

Special event parking is $10 when evening and weekend events are happening at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre or Meridian Centre. Payment is by cash only and is paid on entrance to the parking lot.

Fees for Parking Meters and Dispenser Lots

All City-owned and operated parking lots and garages are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking at certain lots and garages is free outside of normal business hours, Monday to Friday. Business hours differ for some locations, so please review the posted hours of operation listed for the location you are interested in.

All City meters have a three-hour maximum daily parking limit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a rate of $1.50 per hour. Metered parking is free outside those hours, except between the hours of 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., where parking is prohibited. Tokens, quarters, loonies and toonies are accepted at City meters and dispenser lots. HST is included in all quoted parking lot and garage fees.

Payment options for each parking lot and garage are included in the parking map.

Monthly Lots & Garage Permits

In downtown St. Catharines, monthly parking is available at City owned parking lots for a nominal fee. Due to the high demand for parking in the downtown core, all parking permits are issued on a first come, first serve basis.

To purchase a monthly parking permit for a surface lot, visit Citizens First, located on the 2nd Floor of City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Methods of payment include cash, cheque, debit, VISA and MasterCard.

If you are looking to obtain a monthly parking permit for either the Ontario Street Garage or Garden Park/Carlisle Street Garage.

Call Citizens First at 905.688.5600 or email for more information about availability.

Downtown Parking Study

In 2016, City staff researched and completed a downtown parking study, looking at the current and long-term parking needs for the downtown core.

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