Downtown Parking

People serving People

As discussed in the Transportation Master Plan, and further confirmed through previous public consultation, the public and downtown business owners have identified lack of parking as a significant issue. In a report to council on November 5, 2018, staff recommended Council to undertake a review and design to reconfigure downtown parking from parallel to angled to create more on-street parking spaces. Ultimately this concept was not approved and different solutions to create additional parking spots were required.

At the April 15, 2019 meeting, Sarnia City Council directed City Staff to solicit public and business owner input on the restructuring of downtown parking fees.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at City Hall in the Main Lobby at 255 Christina Street North from 6:30pm – 8pm. It is a drop-in style meeting where you can come at any time to view the results of the consultation, get answers to your questions, and provide input.

City staff have developed a short survey to help identify issues with the current downtown parking system.

Downtown Parking

  • The City of Sarnia is investigating the implementation of dynamically priced parking downtown. Charging for on-street parking while reducing or eliminating the cost for some off-street parking lots would free up prime on-street parking for customers. The paid parking system would focus on convenience by allowing purchase by an app or pay-by-plate machines that accept credit cards. Pricing would be set in order to achieve a target occupancy rate ensuring that one or two spaces are available on each block at all times. A more detailed description of the concept can be found in the report to council. If downtown parking fees are revised as described:

The City welcomes your feedback on this proposed downtown parking fee restructuring. Survey responses related to the project should be submitted by Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  This deadline is so that the feedback can be presented at the public meeting.  Feedback can be submitted up to Friday, June 21, 2019 for inclusion in the final report to Council.  Additional comments can be sent by e-mail to, or mailed to the Engineering Department, 3rd Floor, Sarnia City Hall, 255 North Christina Street, P.O. Box 3018, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 7N2.

A report will be prepared for the Monday, July 8, 2019 Sarnia City Council meeting with a summary of the feedback received.