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Ontario Implements Province wide Emergency Brake

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Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of increasing cases of people contracting Covid-19 and hospitalizations across the province. The provincewide emergency brake will be effective Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 am. and the government intends to keep this in place for at least four weeks. The provincewide emergency brake would put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures to help to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives. Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.

  • Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50 per cent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25 per cent for all other retail including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures;

  • Prohibiting personal care services;

  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only;

  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions;

  • Requiring day camps to close; and,

  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

Where to Get Tested in Ottawa COVID-19 CHEO Assessment Centre and Kids Come First Care Clinic at Brewer Park Arena, 151 Brewer Way

COVID-19 Care and Testing Centres

COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Adults at Brewer Park Arena, 151 Brewer Way, Ottawa

COVID-19 drive-thru assessment centre at City Hall/National Arts Centre, 110 Laurier Avenue West

  • Click here to book an appointmentor call 613-737-8193 (Please note telephone booking is reserved for those who do not have internet access. It is not an information line.)

  • To cancel your appointment, please email:

COVID-19 Testing at Three of the Ottawa Community Health Centres

  • Centretown Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper Street

  • Click here to book an appointmentor call 343-553-2661 (Please note telephone booking is reserved for those who do not have internet access. It is not an information line.)

  • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre, 221 Nelson Street

  • Click here to book an appointmentor call 613-789-1500

  • Somerset West Community Health Centre, 55 Eccles Street


COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at the AMA Community Centre, 1216 Hunt Club Road

  • Book an appointment:

  • Same-day walk-ins from the Sawmill Creek community are welcomed and will be provided with a ‘just-in-time’ COVID-19 test

  • Although it is not necessary to schedule an appointment beforehand, there is an option to reserve a time slot by calling 613-737-8193

  • To cancel your appointment, please call 613-737-8193

COVID-19 pop-up testing site at Vanier Community Service Centre

  • Book an appointment by calling 613-288-5353

  • To cancel your appointment, please call 613-288-5353.

COVID-19 Testing at Ontario Pharmacies If you are not showing symptoms, you can currently make an appointment at a select pharmacy. This is an interim measure. Please visit the province's website to ensure you have current information about testing options and locations available to you. The Ontario government announced that free COVID-19 testing will be available at select pharmacies throughout the province. Learn more about pharmacy testing. New Pharmacy Availability for Residents Over 55 COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Information The provincial announcement on Monday to extend vaccine appointments to residents aged 70 and older citywide has resulted in the booking of all appointments available up until April 7. More appointments will become available as the City receives more vaccine doses from the Province. Pop-up clinics in rural communities and high-risk neighbourhoods are also almost full, with only a small number of appointments still available at a few of these clinics. The City has opened a new pop-up clinic specifically for adult recipients of chronic home health care and we are now pre-registering two new groups for vaccination appointments in the future; faith leaders and health care workers in the high-priority category. Transportation to and from City clinics is available through Ottawa Community Transportation. Vaccination Appointments and Pre-Registration Open for High-Priority Residents Community Clinic Appointments are Temporarily Fully Booked There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines available. The provincial extension of the vaccine appointments this morning to residents aged 70 and older citywide has resulted in the booking of all appointments available up until April 7. In the coming days, as the city receives more vaccines from the province and the provincial booking system is updated, more appointments will become available. Residents will continue to receive vaccinations as planned. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days. Residents Age 70 and Older in Rural Communities and Priority Urban Communities Appointments at City of Ottawa pop-up clinics in priority neighbourhoods continue to be available, including to residents in rural communities. If you are aged 70 or over (born in or before 1951) and you live in Ward 5 (West Carleton-March), Ward 19 (Cumberland), Ward 20 (Osgoode), or Ward 21 (Rideau-Goulbourn); or previously identified priority urban neighbourhoods, you can book your appointment at a near-by pop-up clinic. Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and book an appointment. When you receive the voice recording press 2 for rural pop-up clinics. Rural clinics will be available at the following locations for a limited time:

  • Greely Community Centre

  • Navan Memorial Centre

  • Osgoode Community Centre

  • R.J. Kennedy Memorial Centre

  • Richmond Memorial Arena and Community Centre

  • West Carleton Community Complex

Adult Recipients of Chronic Home Care Across Ottawa If you are an adult recipient of chronic home care anywhere in the City of Ottawa, you can now book an appointment at a COVID vaccination clinic. Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and book an appointment. Unreserved walk-ins will not be accepted at any location. Please book your appointment in advance. Adult Recipients of Chronic Home Health Care If you are an adult recipient of chronic home health care living anywhere in the City of Ottawa, you can book an appointment at the Canterbury pop-up clinic or any of the city’s other COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinics. Call 613-691-5505 to confirm your eligibility and book an appointment. Patient-Facing Health Care Workers Pre-Registration Patient-facing high-priority health care workers (opticians, chiropractors, psychologists, registered massage therapists, etc.) are now able to pre-register for a vaccination appointment. Highest priority and very-high priority health care workers from Phase 1 who have not yet received the vaccine can continue to pre-register for appointments. Visit to confirm eligibility and pre-register. Faith Leaders Pre-Registration Pre-registration is now open for faith leaders who, as part of their regular role, are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the following circumstances:

  • End of life care

  • Care of the deceased, funerals, bathing, or other ceremony with direct contact with deceased persons

  • Home visits to unwell persons

  • Pastoral care in hospitals, long term care homes, retirement homes or other vulnerable settings

Faith leaders can visit to pre-register for a vaccination appointment. First Nation, Métis and Inuit Populations Ottawa Public Health is partnering with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members age 16 and over at the St-Laurent Complex, located at 525 Côté Street. Call 613-691-5505 to book an appointment. Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team is providing vaccinations for all Inuit adults. To book an appointment with Akausivik or for more information, call 613-740-0999. For more information, please visit Walk-ins will not be accepted at any location. Please book your individual appointment in advance. This includes walk-ins at the end of the day. Any remaining doses at the end of the day will be administered to eligible health care workers who have indicated they are available for a last-minute appointment. Confirm Your Booking When you book your appointments through the provincial booking system, you will receive a confirmation code. Please bring this code with you when you go to your appointments. If you do not have a confirmation code, your appointments were not successfully completed. Please revisit the provincial booking system or call 1-833-943-3900 to book your appointments and receive your confirmation code. Second Doses As per provincial guidelines, currently Ottawa Public Health is only booking second doses for First Nation, Inuit and Métis community members. 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’s e-newsletter and follow local news sources for more information. When second dose appointments are available the City will communicate to the public. Please do not call Ottawa Public Health at this time to try book a second appointment. More second dose details are available at Timing and Safety To enable physical distancing and to reduce the number of people in the clinic, please arrive for your vaccine no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time. Preparing for your Appointment The Government of Ontario document “What you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccine appointment" (PDF) lets you know what to prepare for your vaccination. Transportation Accommodations will be made for residents who need help with accessibility and all clinic locations are accessible. Para Transpo users can book a ride to the clinic through the COVID-19 Vaccination Trip Reservation line at 613-842-3600. If Para Transpo is not available to you, you can request a ride to and from the clinic through Ottawa Community Transportation after you have booked your appointment. If you do not have online access, please contact 211. Next steps in vaccine roll-out Residents of all ages who are not yet eligible for the vaccine are encouraged to follow announcements on the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health websites and social media channels, and from your local news media to learn when they can receive their vaccine. They can also sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination update e-subscription for regular news on the vaccine roll-out. Visit or for more information on Ottawa’s vaccination distribution plan. ------- L'Ontario active le frein d'urgence provincial Le gouvernement de l'Ontario, en consultation avec le médecin hygiéniste en chef et d'autres spécialistes de la santé, impose un frein d'urgence provincial en raison de la hausse alarmante du nombre de cas et d'hospitalisations liées à la COVID-19 dans la province. Le frein d'urgence provincial entrera en vigueur le samedi 3 avril 2021, à 0 h 01, et le gouvernement prévoit le garder en place pendant au moins quatre semaines. Le frein d'urgence provincial mettrait en place des mesures de santé publique et de sécurité au travail d'une durée limitée pour aider à arrêter la transmission rapide des variants de la COVID-19 dans les communautés, à protéger la capacité des hôpitaux pour éviter qu'ils ne soient débordés et à sauver des vies. Les mesures comprennent les suivantes, mais n'y sont pas limitées :

  • Interdire les événements publics organisés et les rassemblements sociaux à l'intérieur et limiter la capacité des événements publics organisés et des rassemblements sociaux à l'extérieur à un maximum de 5 personnes, à l'exception des rassemblements entre membres du même ménage (les personnes avec lesquelles vous vivez) ou des rassemblements entre membres d'un ménage et une autre personne d'un autre ménage qui vit seule.

  • Restreindre les achats en personne dans tous les lieux de vente au détail, la capacité étant limitée à 50 % pour les supermarchés, les épiceries, les dépanneurs, les marchés agricoles intérieurs, et les autres magasins qui vendent principalement de la nourriture et les pharmacies, et à 25 % pour tous les autres commerces de détail, y compris les magasins à grande surface, ainsi que d'autres mesures de santé publique et de sécurité sur le lieu de travail.

  • Interdire les services de soins personnels.

  • Interdire les repas à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur. Les restaurants, les bars et les autres établissements vendant des aliments ou des boissons seront autorisés à fonctionner uniquement en offrant des commandes à emporter, le service au volant et la livraison.

  • Interdire l'utilisation des installations pour les sports et le conditionnement physique à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur (p. ex. les gymnases), les exceptions étant très limitées.

  • Exiger la fermeture des camps de jour.

  • Limiter la capacité pour les mariages, les funérailles, les services ou rites religieux ou cérémonies religieuses à une occupation de 15 % par pièce à l'intérieur, et au nombre de personnes pouvant maintenir une distanciation physique de deux mètres à l'extérieur. Cela ne comprend pas les rassemblements sociaux associés à ces services, comme les réceptions qui ne sont pas autorisés.

Where to Get Tested in Ottawa Centre d’évaluation de la COVID-19 de CHEO et clinique de soins Les enfants avant tout à l’aréna du parc Brewer, 151, voie Brewer

Clinique de soins et de dépistage COVID-19