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Earth Day – April 22

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 comments on the government’s actions on paid sick leave in Ontario.
My question to the Premier regarding paid sick leave
My question to the Premier regarding the advice of the COVID-19 Science Table

COVID-19 specific

Ontario Confirms First Case of Rare AstraZeneca-linked Blood Clotting

Select Ontario Pharmacies Offering 24/7 COVID-19 Vaccinations

Ontario Safely Expands Age Eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to 40+

Statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH) on the use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

Government of Canada secures vaccine supply beyond 2021

Government of Canada suspends flights from India and Pakistan

April 21, 2021 – Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches

LATEST UPDATE: You can book COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the provincial call centre if you:

  • are pregnant
  • had an organ transplant at any time in the past
  • had a stem cell transplant (bone marrow transplant) at any time in the past
  • have a neurological disease that makes it difficult to breathe (for example, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • were diagnosed with cancer that affects your blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes (a haematological malignancy) within the last year
  • have severe kidney disease (eGFR under 30)
  • are an essential caregiver for someone with any of these conditions

You need to call so you can answer some questions about your eligibility.

COVID-19 vaccine call centre:


Call centre hours:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day

Provincial News

Ontario Invests in New and Expanded Rapid Training Programs

Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit
The Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit provides financial support to families with young learners to help with additional costs during the COVID-19covid 19 pandemic.
Starting on April 26, the province will begin issuing payments of:$400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12$500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needsIf you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply for this additional payment.

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.
This new round of payment through the Ontario COVID-19covid 19 Child Benefit is in addition to payments provided by Support for Families and the Support for Learners programs.

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.
NEW Application deadline is May 5, 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 begins Monday for pregnant individuals

The view from the Ottawa Public Health vaccine booking line

Park Ambassadors back this spring to help inform and educate

Enhanced Stay-at-Home Order closes some outdoor recreation amenities

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).

Changes to Interprovincial Crossings Operation

April is BeADonor Month


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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