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Our office continues to work remotely.
If you require immediate assistance, please email us at jfraser.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or call us at 613-736-9573.

Ramadan Greetings
My tribute upon the death of HRH Prince Phillip

Extended weekend hours at multiple testing sites
In recent weeks, Ottawa’s assessment centres have experienced a growing demand for testing and increased on-site volumes. To expand capacity, and to ensure Ottawa residents continue to have timely access to COVID-19 testing, a number of assessment centres have extended their weekend hours.  
Beginning Friday, March 26, the CHEO Assessment Centre, Brewer Assessment Centre for Adults, Moodie and Ray Friel testing sites will all have extended weekend hours until further notice.  

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Moodie 
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (testing only, full care clinic not available on weekends)

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Ray Friel  
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (testing only, full care clinic not available on weekends)

COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre and Kids Come First Care Clinic at Brewer Park Arena  
Friday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults at Brewer Park Arena  
Friday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Over the coming weeks, the Taskforce and its partners will continue to evaluate and respond to assessment centre volumes in an effort to maintain accessible COVID-19 testing for Ottawa residents. 

Vaccine Information in Sign Language

OPH is proud to announce our recently published COVID-19 Resources in American Sign Language webpage that provides accurate, reliable and up-to-date COVID-19 resources to Ottawa’s Deaf and hard of hearing community. The webpage includes several instructional and informational videos on topics such as physical distancing, mask wearing, mental health and more, all in American Sign Language.  

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.

This week at Queen’s Park.

My question to the government about mobile vaccine clinics.
My question to the Premier as to whether there will be enough trained staff to place in the increased ICU beds across the Province
My question to the Premier regarding hot spot designations and how certain postal codes were chosen.
My question to the Premier about why there is such a big stockpile of vaccines not being used in Ontario.

COVID-19 specific

Ontario Implementing Stronger Enforcement, Travel Restrictions, Public Health Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives

Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy Targets High-Risk Neighbourhoods

Ontario Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Locations to More Pharmacies

Ontario Supporting Health System Response During Third Wave of COVID-19

Health Canada provides update on safety review of AstraZeneca and COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccines

Provincial News

Canada and Ontario Provide Affordable Homes for Veterans in Ottawa

Workplace Inspectors to Visit 1,300 Construction Sites Beginning This Week

Ontario Provides Emergency Child Care for Critical Frontline Workers

Ontario Now Accepting Public Feedback to Strengthen Municipal Codes of Conduct

Canada and Ontario Invest in School Infrastructure to Respond to the Impacts of COVID-19

Ontario Moves Schools to Remote Learning Following Spring Break

COVID-19 Rapid Screening Pilot Program Launching in Waterloo Region

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business


The Honourable Ted Arnott is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Speaker’s Book Award. 

The Speaker’s Book Award recognizes works by Ontario authors covering historical and cultural aspects of the province with special consideration given to works focusing on Ontario’s parliamentary heritage and on provincial political discourse.

Online applications for the Speaker’s Book Award are accepted from March 1st to May 14th, 2021. The winning book will be announced in autumn 2021.

For more information, visit the Legislative Assembly web site or contact Haley Shanoff at (416) 325-8094 or bookaward@ola.org.

Community Building Fund – Operating streamThis funding stream provides support for non-profits and Indigenous communities in the community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors to help sustain their operations and create new attractions, experiences and events.

Grant term length: 6 or 12 months
Amount awarded: Minimum $10,000, Maximum $250,000

Applications will be accepted starting March 31, 2021.
Application deadline is April 28, 2021 at 5 PM ET.

Eligible organizations looking for application support can connect with OTF in the following ways:

For regular updates, sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of any page of OTF’s website and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

Visit the Community Building Fund – Operating stream page for more information on eligibility requirements, the application, and eligible expenses for funding.

In the Community

Pre-registration starts for individuals with highest risk health conditions

Second Doses through Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health is only booking second doses for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communitymembers who are 80 years old or older (born in 1941 or before). All other individuals who have received their first dose at an Ottawa Public Health Clinic and are waiting for their second dose are encouraged to sign-up for the City of Ottawa’s COVID-19 Vaccine e-subscription(link is external) and follow local news sources for more information.When second dose appointments are available the City will communicate to the public.

More second dose details are available at OttawaPublicHealth.ca(link is external).

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.  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.
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