FLEX Parking Guide

Freedom from parking hassles is one of the big advantages of carsharing. There’s no need to pay for monthly parking, and it’s one more way that carsharing saves you money since parking is included when you use a Communauto vehicle!  

FLEX Parking 

Hamilton’s free-floating carsharing permit program allows FLEX cars to be released in non-paid parking zones on-street within the service area, including in time-limited zones. 

FLEX cars can also be released on other streets where there are no restrictions. 

Keep in mind that you are not allowed to release a vehicle in a zone with temporary parking restrictions (including Through Streets) even if parking is permitted at the time of your return. FLEX cars must be able to stay where you release them for a minimum of 24 hours. 

If you are stopping over within the City of Hamilton, but outside the FLEX Zone, please note that on unsigned streets you are allowed to park for a maximum of 12 hours. 

Where can I end my FLEX trip in Hamilton? 

  • Time-limited parking except on Through Streets
  • Unsigned streets which are not Through Streets

Through Streets and FLEX parking

  • You may not release a FLEX vehicle on a through street.
  • Stopover parking on through streets is permitted if you are abiding by posted signage, and not parking overnight between 2am-7am per city regulations for through streets.
  • You may consult the list of Through Streets below, or see the city’s map of Through Streets.

Where can’t I end my FLEX trip in Hamilton? 

  • No parking 
  • No parking with time restrictions – even if it’s legal to park when you release the car, you can’t release a car in a time-restricted spot  
  • No parking except by permit – these signs apply to residential permit holders only, they do not allow parking with our carshare permits. 
  • No stopping 
  • No stopping with time restrictions 
  • Loading Zone 
  • Accessible parking spot 

Other guidelines to follow: 

  • Do not end your trip at a parking meter/paid parking zone, or in a municipal lot.
  • Do not end your trip in a tow-away zone, on private property, in front of a driveway/laneway, or in a fire route. 
  • Park 3m away from fire hydrants, and 9m away from intersections.
  • Do not end your trip on a Through Street – please consult the list below.

List of Through Streets in the FLEX Zone by Ward & Neighbourhood

All Wards

Main St. W. and E.
King St. W. and E.

Ward 1

Westdale (west of Hwy 403)

Sterling St. 
Longwood Rd. S. 
Paradise Rd. S.

Strathcona & Kirkendall (Hwy 403 to Queen St.)

Dundurn St. N. and S. 
Locke St. S. 
Queen St. N. and S. south of York 
York Blvd. 
Aberdeen Ave.

Ward 2

North End (north of the railway)

James St. N. south of Strachan 
John St. N. south of Simcoe

Central & Durand (Queen St. to James St.)

Queen St. N. and S. south of York 
Bay St. N. and S. north of Aberdeen 
James St. N. and S. 
Hess St. S. north of Hunter 
Caroline St. S. north of Hunter  
Hunter St. W. east of Caroline 
Charlton Ave. W. 
Herkimer St.

Beasley & Corktown (James St. to Wellington St.)

James St. N. and S. 
John St. N. and S. north of Charlton, and except between Robert and Barton 
Wellington St. N. and S. north of Jackson 
Barton St. E. 
Cannon St. E. 
Wilson St. 
King William St. east of Catharine 
Young St. except between John and Ferguson

Ward 3

Landsdale & Stinson (Wellington St. to Wentworth St.)

Wellington St. N. and S. north of Jackson 
Victoria Ave. N. and S. 
Wentworth St. N. and S. 
Stinson St. 
Young St.

Gibson & St. Clair (Wentworth St. to Sherman Ave.)

Wentworth St. N. and S. 
Sanford Ave. N. and S. north of Main 
Sherman Ave. N. and S. between Delaware and Cannon 
Delaware Ave.

Stipley & Blakeley (Sherman Ave. to Gage Ave.)

Sherman Ave. N. and S. between Delaware and Cannon 
Cannon St. E. east of Lottridge

It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that they are informed of Communauto FLEX Zone parking rules. These rules apply only to the FLEX Zone.  

Please follow regular parking rules and by-laws if you are outside the FLEX Zone. Members are responsible for all costs and processing fees associated with failing to follow the parking rules.