COVID-19 update

  • Community Update

COVID-19 is something that we are all going to have to face together. Our primary concern is the health and safety of Ontarians. 

It is important to listen to the advice of Public Health experts: 

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Practice social-distancing
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well
  • If you are concerned or suspect you have the virus, call
    Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 or
    Ottawa Public Health: 613-580-6744

Travel presents increased risk. Reconsider non-essential travel and follow the Public Health Canada guidelines.

These are important measures to protect ourselves and the ones we love.
This is a time for all of us to work together, individuals, families, government, business, and if we do this, we will meet this challenge.

Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced the closure of all publicly funded schools (including French and Catholic Boards) from March 14 through to April 5, 2020. This unprecedented decision was made to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information please click here.

New as of March 13
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is taking proactive measures in the COVID-19 response by partnering with The Ottawa Hospital and CHEO to open a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The arena will be used exclusively for the purpose of COVID-19 assessments and testing.

The first COVID-19 Assessment Centre opened today at noon at the Brewer Arena, located at 151 Brewer Way. The facility will be open from 9 am to 8 pm, daily. Additional COVID-19 Assessment Centres may open later as needed.

The centre will be operated in collaboration with The Ottawa Hospital and CHEO — serving the larger public health needs of Ottawa. It will provide assessment and testing for children and adults.

The Assessment Centre is for individuals who have:

1. Returned from international travel AND are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, including:

  • fever and/or
  • new or worsening cough


2. Had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days AND are displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19, including:

  • fever and/or
  • new or worsening cough

Do not bring well children or other healthy members of the community (e.g. friends, neighbours, drivers) into the Assessment Centre.

All City of Ottawa community-based and recreational activities are redirected from Brewer Arena to other locations. The only residents using the arena will be those seeking assessments. This will ensure there is no cross-contact between facility users and those who are requesting assessments. There is no risk to the surrounding community. Currently, Brewer Pool remains open.

More details to follow on:
You can also find updated information with the
 Public Health Agency of Canada and Ontario Ministry of Health.

The City of Ottawa is shutting down municipal facilities starting Monday, March 16 including recreation facilities, pools and libraries until at least April 5 as part of the growing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Recreation centres, pools, public libraries and other facilities where people gather will remain closed for the next three weeks, at which point the situation will be reassessed, Mayor Jim Watson said during a news conference Friday afternoon.

As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide up to date information when we receive it. Our office remains open and we will continue to serve constituents. Please contact us if you require assistance.