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We have moved and our office is open

Our new address is 1883 Bank St. Unit D (beside MP David McGuinty’s office and Chadha Medical) and still at the corner of Bank and Walkley

If you require immediate assistance, please email us at or call us at 613-736-9573.

If you need help with your taxes, we have Saturday, April 15 appointments available.
Attention Drivers – Remember to Renew your Licence Plate before your Birthday! 

Your vehicle must have a valid licence plate and be insured to drive legally in Ontario. The licence plate renewal period varies depending on type of vehicle and if you choose to renew for 1 or 2 years.
Renew online at: Vehicle registration | or visit a Service Ontario location.

When you renew:you will no longer receive a stickeryou do not have to pay licence plate renewal feeslaw enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate was renewedGet ServiceOntario digital reminders!
Get free reminders by email, text message, or phone call 60 and 30 days before it’s time to renew your licence plate, driver’s licence, health card, or Ontario Photo Card.
Mailed renewal notices for driver’s licence holders and vehicle owners will continue for:individuals aged 70 years and olderindividuals with a driver’s licence class A, B, C, D, E, or F

Apply online: Get ServiceOntario digital reminders |

What’s Happening
Nowruz (Persian New Year) – March 20
Ramadan begins – March 22
International Transgender Day of Visibility – March 31

Upcoming in April
Sikh Heritage Month
Genocide, Remembrance and Condemnation Month
#BeADonor Month (Register your consent to be an organ and tissue donor at
World Autism Awareness Day – April 2
Passover begins – April 5
Good Friday – April 7
Green Shirt Day (Donor Awareness) – April 7
World Health Day – April 7
Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge – April 9
Easter Sunday – April 9
Easter Monday – April 10
International Day of Pink – April 12
Passover Ends – April 13
Puthandu (Tamil New Year’s Day) – April 14
Vaisakhi – April 14
Orthodox Holy Friday – April 14
Orthodox Easter – April 16
Eid Al-Fitr – April 20-21
Earth Day – April 22
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) – April 27-28
National Day of Mourning (work-related tragedies) – April 28

Provincial News

Chief Medical Officer of Health Releases 2022 Annual Report

Grade 11 students can soon apprentice full-time and still earn their high-school diploma

New pilot program will ensure children and youth with complex special needs connect to the care and services they need

New mandatory high school graduation requirement will empower students with early exposure to technological education and skilled trades

Connecting Long-Term Care Residents in Ottawa to Specialized Care and Supports

Ontario Government and Ontario Association of Optometrists Reach Agreement

211 is completely free, confidential and calls are answered 24/7 in 150+ languages. If you prefer, you can also text the number 2-1-1 or use the online chat at Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Changes to the Statutory Warranty

Following public feedback received earlier this year, Tarion is increasing the new home warranty coverage provided by builders in Ontario. The changes involve boosting the warranty compensation limit to $400,000 for new freehold homes and creating a new Temporary Relocation Warranty.

The warranty coverage enhancements will come into effect on July 1, 2023, and will benefit homeowners who enter into a purchase agreement on, or after, that date.

For more information on these new measures, please view our Q&A here.

Queen’s Park Review

My Ramadan Greetings
My question to the Minister of Health regarding why hospitals such as the Ottawa Hospital are not using the capacity that already exists within the system to clear the surgical backlog.

In our community

From Ottawa Public Health

Routine Vaccinations
The re-emergence of certain vaccine preventable diseases is being seen in parts of the world and is cause for concern. OPH is monitoring the potential emergence of measles, and we are making continued efforts to increase uptake and coverage of routine childhood vaccinations. Thousands of children and youth in Ottawa are missing routine vaccinations that would protect them from measles and other vaccine preventable diseases. Vaccinations required for attending childcare and school should be kept up to date. Parents and guardians can find out if their child is due for vaccination, and which vaccinations have already been reported to OPH, by visiting our website at ParentingInOttawa/RoutineVaccination. You are encouraged to share our Facebook and Instagram posts.

If you are travelling outside of Canada, ensure you are up to date on your vaccinations at least six weeks before your trip. Visit our Measles webpage for more information.

Parenting in Ottawa Drop-Ins
If you have questions about your baby’s growth and development or want to know if your child is on track, Ottawa Public Health has drop-in locations across the City. You can speak to a Public Health Nurse about infant feeding, social and emotional development, healthy eating, and more. This program is available to expectant parents and parents or guardians of children up to 6 years of age. Check out our new video on Twitter and Facebook. No need for an appointment, but you can find the drop-in calendar here:

March is Nutrition Month
Ottawa Public Health has a team of Public Health Dietitians, who play a unique role in supporting our communities to thrive. Dietitians use the science of nutrition to help people and communities meet their healthy eating goals. We work with partners to address issues like food insecurity and to create healthier places, where people live, work and play. Registered Dietitians are regulated health professionals who apply their expertise in food and nutrition to support individuals and communities to improve their health. The work of Registered Dietitians in public health is to make the healthy choice the easier choice for everyone. Find a dietitian near you!


The deadline to apply for the federal governments’ $500 Canada Housing Benefit is March 31st, 2023. ACORN is reaching out to low income tenants who are likely to qualify and offering our services to help anyone who needs assistance filling out their applications.

Tenants can reach out to us by either calling our office at (613) 746-5999 ext. 2 OR by filling out the following form:

April is #BeADonor Month!

You can help save lives by registering to be an organ and tissue donor at or in person at ServiceOntario. Share your decision with your loved ones so they know your wishes.

Provincial Spring Flooding information

Provincial Hunting and Fishing Information

Are you familiar with the grandparent scam?

RHRA - Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority
Resources for finding licensed retirement homes in your community

When it comes time to consider retirement home options for yourself or a loved one, the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) has a database of all licensed retirement homes in the province, including in your local area. The database contains helpful information including care services offered and reports of any inspections conducted by RHRA. You can access the database by visiting retirementhomedatabase.
RHRA is an independent, not-for-profit regulator mandated by the government to ensure the safety and well-being of residents living in one of the over 750 licensed retirement homes across the province. This includes conducting inspections, addressing complaints or reports of harm, and helping residents and their loved ones make informed choices about their living and care options. RHRA is the only organization in the province tasked with this important mandate.
For more information on RHRA, you can visit their website at or look at this information pamphlet.

CHEO receives official French services health provider designation

Rideau Park United Church Nearly New Sale – April 22

Pleased to announce their New Dementia Society Centre

500 – 2327 St. Laurent Boulevard,
Ottawa, ON K1G 4J8
Closest intersection: Heron and Conroy Roads
Get Directions
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Please call in advance for same-day support.

  • Our new Dementia Society Centre is directly accessible from a free parking lot and transit links nearby. (OC Transpo buses 40, 46 and 644).
  • A Dementia Care Coach is onsite daily from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday for drop-in consultation. Please call in advance for same-day support. (613-523-4004 | 1 888-411-2067)

We look forward to welcoming you to our new home and to our next innovative chapter.


Have a special day coming up? Commemorative Scrolls are available from the province of Ontario to recognize events and special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other notable events like the anniversary of a church, a major act of heroism, recognizing outstanding community service, or winning provincial championships.

For 60th wedding anniversaries and 100th birthdays, greetings from His Majesty the King can also be obtained, but a minimum of eight weeks advance notice is required as well as proof of birth or marriage.

Ontario has a self-assessment tool:

If you think you have novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care. Visit here.

If you require help in Ottawa South, please visit our website for Community links and contacts.

Ottawa Public Health
For the latest updates, please click here.

Government of Ontario
Every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  ETthe Province of Ontario’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario.

Government of Canada
For the latest COVID-19 updates, please click here.
For the latest on Employment and Social Development changes for employees and employers, click here.

Find out about the current reported scams related to COVID-19.

Learn how to protect yourself when banking online.

Know what to do if you’re a victim of fraud.


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