Queen Street Flex and Loading Zones

Flex loading zones are now in place throughout the downtown. Offering better access for business to products and merchandise, the change also results in more customer parking on evenings and weekends.

New signs clearly identify the zones and how to use them.

  • Red signs mean loading activities only between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • These green signs mean parking is available after 10:30 am.
  • These green signs mean parking is available after 5:00 pm.

New loading zone regulations mitigate unlawful use of loading zones by commercial vehicles that are not actively loading or unloading. 

The three requirements that must be met to park in a loading zone are:

  • the vehicle has commercial signs prominently and permanently affixed to the vehicle (and includes magnetic signs) establishing that the vehicle is used for commercial purposes other than a taxicab;
  • the owner or driver of the vehicle is actually engaged in loading or unloading of merchandise from the vehicle; and
  • the vehicle occupies the loading zone for a maximum continuous period of not more than 10 minutes.

Commercial license plates are no longer accepted as valid when parked in a loading zone.

Loading Zones along Queen Street include:

Regent to Carleton


Carleton to York


York to Westmorland


Westmorland to Northumberland