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Flu Clinics

Book your appointment here.

To avoid crowding, clinics will be by appointment only. OPH flu clinic locations are now posted on the OPH Influenza (Flu) webpage with the following fixed clinic locations. 

Clinic locations: 

  • Notre-Dame-Des-Champs, 3659 Navan Road, Orléans 
  • Ottawa Public Library-Orléans Branch, 1705 Orléans Blvd., Orléans 
  • Lansdowne – Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia, Downtown 
  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Dr., Nepean 
  • Chapman Mills Community Building, 424 Chapman Mills Drive, Barrhaven 
  • Eva James Memorial Centre, 65 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata 

As a reminder, this year Ottawa residents have different options for obtaining their flu shot:  

  • OPH-run public influenza clinics in fixed locations. To avoid crowding and to control the flow of clients in and out of these locations, the clinics will be by appointment. 
  • Pharmacies will provide flu vaccine to Ottawa residents 5 years and older, including the high-dose vaccine that is publicly funded for seniors. A map of all participating pharmacies is available on the OPH website. 
  • Doctor’s offices and Nurse Practitioners in the community will continue to provide flu vaccine to their clients. 
  • OPH is working hard to ensure vaccination clinics throughout the city and is identifying locations for potential mobile vaccination clinics. 

Please consider signing the petition I’ve created asking that the COVID-19 Command Table appear before before the Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight. You can find it here:

Be Social WISE

Continue to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, wash hands frequently, socially distance 2 meters apart and stay home if you are not feeling well.

OPH recommends limiting gatherings as much as possible. In other words, limit gatherings to those who live in your household or those providing support services, such as a caregiver.  If you live alone (single parent, student, etc.), one or two contacts outside your home can be important social supports to draw on.

Based on the Auditor General’s report that came out this week, I asked the government how they are going to fix the delays and confusion that have occurred throughout the pandemic.
This week, I again asked government MPPs why they continue to endorse changes for Charles McVety’s Canada Christian College contained within omnibus Bill 213.

COVID-19 specific

Ontario Moving Regions to New Levels in COVID-19 Response Framework

Ontario Providing Additional Funding to Enhance Safety and Protection in Schools

Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely – Ontario Provides Public Health Advice on How to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support COVID-19 Response

Ontario Appoints New Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Government of Canada signs new agreement for a COVID-19 antibody therapy

Provincial News

ServiceOntario Offering Appointment Booking to Help Alleviate Wait Times

Ontario Expanding Existing Community Paramedicine Programs to Long-Term Care

Ontario Modernizing Application Process for Social Assistance

Ontario to be National Leader and Require Cleaner and Greener Gasoline

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB)

Through OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund, eligible non-profit organizations can apply for a grant for capital and non-capital activities to:

  • aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts
  • help with their stabilization
  • build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19

The Resilient Communities Fund grant application deadline is Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 5 PM ET.

First launched in 2008, studyonline.ca is a 24/7 gateway providing easy and quick access, in English and French, to information on more than 1,300+ online programs and 30,000+ online courses from Ontario’s education and training providers.

It also features easy access to resources and support services for students interested in studying online in Ontario, including a direct link to staff who can answer your questions about available online programs and courses, help you register and other services.

In the Community

The Festive RIDE season is upon us, please do not drive impaired

To date in November, more than 40 persons have been arrested and charged for impaired driving. This included one man who was stopped, in a construction zone while workers were present, with a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. 

With the holiday season upon us, the Ottawa Police will commence its Festive RIDE campaign starting this weekend and continue into January 2021. Police will be looking for impaired drivers at various locations throughout the City.  

“Every week, we see good people make a terrible decision and get behind the wheel of their car when impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Sgt Troy Froats, with Impaired Countermeasures.  “Please plan your safe return home in advance, arrange a ride with a sober driver or take public transit.  There is no excuse for impaired driving.” 

It is an offence to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs – including cannabis and prescription drugs. Persons charged with impaired driving face an immediate 90 day driving suspension and lose their vehicle for 7 days. 

“If convicted, an impaired driver can face a minimum one-year driving suspension and monetary fines,” added Sgt Froats. “And that may be the least of it when you consider the risk that a driver may have to live with a resulting tragedy as a consequence of their decision to drive impaired.” 

If you suspect someone is driving impaired, call 9-1-1. 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.  


Ottawa Police collecting personal hygiene products for women until December 16th

In June 2020, the Ontario government announced that it would offer Regulated Price Plan (RPP) customers the opportunity to choose the electricity rate plan that best meets their energy needs and lifestyle: time-of-use (TOU) rates or tiered rates.

As such, starting October 13, 2020, residential and small business customers who are billed under the RPP and want to change rate plan can submit a rate selection form to Hydro Ottawa.


CHEO is receiving the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for the fourth time row. This award is given to hospitals that met or exceeded TGLN’s target of converting potentially eligible organ donors into actual organ donors. With a Conversion Rate of 83%, CHEO had 5 organ donors in 2019/20.

CHEO is also receiving the Provincial Routine Notification Rate Award for the third time. This award is given to hospitals that met the target of 100% Routine Notification in 2019/20. The Routine Notification Rate is the rate of compliance with the legislative requirement to notify TGLN when a patient has died or is at risk of imminent death.

The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital is receiving the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for the seventh time. With a Conversion Rate of 75%, The Ottawa Hospital had 27 organ donors in 2019/20.

The Ottawa Hospital is also receiving the Award of Excellence for the seventh time. This award is given to hospitals for meeting or exceeding provincial targets for Conversion Rate for four or more consecutive years, demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the implementation of donation leading practices.

The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration has been cancelled

Indoor public skating will be available at eleven City arenas starting December 1

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink and Lansdowne Park Skating Court open this week

OPH has developed and made available a standardized Attestation for Return to School for Students Following Illness template letter for families with children returning to school following symptoms of illness

Ontario has a self-assessment tool
If you think you have 2019 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.  ET, the 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.