Ottawa COVID19 Testing Update

Ottawa COVID19 Testing Update

Update, November 20, 2020

On Thursday, November 19 Ottawa’s COVID-19 Testing Taskforce, led by sector partners, opened a new COVID-19 Drive-Thru Assessment Centre at the National Arts Centre (NAC). The drive-thru testing is available for those 14 years of age and older, by appointment only with a valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card. The new centre is open seven days a week, 10 am to 6 pm. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 613-737-8193.

** Please note the Drive-thru Assessment Centre at Coventry Road has been closed.

Also new are COVID-19 testing sites at a number of Community Health Centres and the McNabb Community Centre on Elgin.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre at McNabb Community Centre

  • Ages: Six months and older
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Services provided: Scheduled appointments and very limited walk-up testing
  • Location: McNabb Community Centre. 180 Percy St, Ottawa
  • Appointment booking coming soon

COVID-19 testing at three of the Ottawa Community Health Centres

  • Ages:  Testing adults and children above 6 months of age at Centretown and Sandy Hill sites. Testing adults and children aged 13 years and above at the Somerset West site.
  • Services provided: By appointment only, testing available for those without a health card
  • Download factsheet: Important information about COVID-19 testing at three of the Ottawa Community Health Centres
  • Locations:
    • Centretown Community Health Centre: 420 Cooper St., Ottawa – Click here to book an appointment or call 343-553-2661
      • Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
    • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre: 221 Nelson St., Ottawa – Click here to book an appointment or call 613-789-1500
      • Hours: Open 9 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday
    • Somerset West Community Health Centre: 55 Eccles St., Ottawa – Click here to book an appointment or call 613-327-8145
    • Hours: 
      • 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Wednesday.
      • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Thursday.
      • 9:00 am to 2:30 pm on Friday


Original Post

Ottawa’s Testing Update for October 5, 2020 is attached below, including information on online booking for those who need a COVID-19 test and meet the criteria.

English: Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce – Daily Update – Oct 5

French: FR Ottawa COVID-19 Testing Taskforce – Daily Update – Oct 5


Links to the various sites for testing*:

*Please note – these are direct links to the appointment booking websites.  You should read the rules and directions first at Ottawa Public Health.


Select Pharmacies in Ottawa can also do testing for Asymptomatic patients.  Here in River Ward, two pharmacies are on the list:

Shoppers Drug Mart, 1180 Walkley Road, Ottawa, ON, K1V 2M5, (613) 737- 3344,

Shoppers Drug Mart, Westgate Mall, 1309 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1Z 7L3, (613)-7224277,

Call the pharmacy to book your appointment.


What to do for a friend or family member without internet access:

Heron Road and Moodie Care Clinics

  • If you need to book an appointment but do not have access to the internet, please call 613-721-4722 for the COVID-19 Care Clinic on Moodie and dial 613-288-5353 for Heron. Note: there are a limited amount of bookings through this phone number, and it is to be used for those without internet access.



Brewer Assessment Centre

  • If you do not have access to a computer to book an appointment at the Brewer Assessment Centre, please arrive on-site and staff will do their best to accommodate you. Some “just-in-time” (walk-ins) will be accepted if capacity allows. The “just-in-time” capacity is for situations that include people who need urgent contact tracing for public health and for anyone who may not have access to the online booking system.
  • Appointments are available for booking every evening at 8:30 pm for the NEXT 2 DAYS. Ensure you booked the correct location.