Two Ottawa markets force street entertainers to take out $2 million liability insurance

Two Ottawa markets force street entertainers to take out $2 million liability insurance

Since April 1, street performers in Ottawa must prove that they hold at least $2 million in liability insurance before performing on the Byward and Parkdale markets.

Whether fire-eaters, acrobats or contortionists, public entertainers are numerous to distract passers-by in these two markets of the capital.

In a note sent to the licensees of which CBC / Radio-Canada obtained a copy, the leaders of these two markets affirm that the street entertainers “must provide insurance, if they want to give their shows”.

Street entertainers must have it in their possession during performances or provide a copy to the local authorities.

This new measure does not surprise Joey Albert, public entertainer. Many major Canadian cities require similar insurance.

“We’re used to it, it’s not a big surprise. Insurance companies are taking care of us, “he says.

He finds, however, that musicians should not enter the category of public entertainers.

“The only thing that annoys me a bit, [is that] someone who plays guitar on the side of the street needs this insurance. We’re putting ourselves in danger, we’re playing with fire […] I do not think this guy [the guitarist] is a danger to the community, “he says.

If the public entertainers do not hold this insurance, their license will not be renewed for the next season.

Adam Davis

Adam Davis was born and raised in Walkerton Ontario.  Adam has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for Rogers Media,  the CP and Sports Illustrated. As a journalist for County Telegram, Adam mostly covers community events and human interest stories.  

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