Bluewater Health Parking Changes Take Effect October 6

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 10:14am


Tuesday, October 6 a new parking system will be unveiled at Bluewater Health’s Petrolia and Sarnia hospitals offering users enhanced features and more flexible multi-day passes. Parking fees have been suspended since March, due to the pandemic, and payment will resume at this time also.

Sarnia: Enhancements include flexible multi-day passes and the addition of debit/credit and tap payment capability. The daily rate will increase from $7.00 to $8.00, with the first 20 minutes free and the first hour $2.00. Each additional hour is $1.50, to the daily maximum.

Based on user feedback, new multi-day passes are available for the Sarnia location, which discount the daily rate. Five-day passes increase from $13 to $20, 10-day from $25 to $35 and 30-day from $36 to $60. The refillable multi-day passes replace the former consecutive-day passes with cards for non-consecutive days valid one year from first use.

This is the first parking fee increase at Bluewater Health and coincides with the installation of a new parking system. 

Options on entering the parking lot include tapping a credit card, taking a paper ticket or scanning a hospital parking pass. Payment options at exit include tapping the same credit card used while entering and paying with debit/credit at the gate. Cash payments can be made at any pay station which also support debit, credit and tap and assistance buttons can be found on pay stations and exit terminals.

Patients in Sarnia who are being dropped off or picked up are invited to use the free designated drop-off locations. Drop-off locations are limited to 20 minutes. Visitor parking is available in the main parking lot off Maria Street, the underground parking lot, and along Maria and Norman Streets (pay-and-display). Pay-and-display machines accept coins, debit/credit and also support tap. Parking passes are available from the Patient Accounts Office, which is located near the atrium, on Level 1, Norman Building behind Tim Hortons.

Petrolia: Daily fees remain unchanged at $2 in the visitor parking lot off Blanche Street in Petrolia, payable at time of exit with coins or debit/credit. Tap capability means mobile devices may be scanned for payment. Multi-day passes are not available in Petrolia at this time. 

The Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care does not fund parking lots, so hospitals must generate parking revenue to operate them. Bluewater Health’s parking lots’ revenues support patient programs and services, and the upkeep of the lots, such as lighting, snow removal and general maintenance. Half of the parking proceeds from the visitor parking lot at the Petrolia hospital is directed to the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital (CEEH) Foundation.

Veterans park for free on Bluewater Health property when displaying a poppy license plate or identifying themselves as a veteran to Security Services.

Visitors are reminded to not leave valuables in their vehicle. After paying for parking, individuals have 20 minutes to exit the parking lot. 


Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.


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Julia Oosterman
Chief, Communications & Public Affairs
Bluewater Health

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