Barrhaven Life under COVID-19, Councillor Jan Harder, City of Ottawa


Barrhaven Life under COVID-19, Councillor Jan Harder, City of Ottawa

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, information is changing daily. There is so much uncertainty in our lives right now and it’s been difficult for many this Easter Season.

In March one million Canadians lost their jobs, a number which is expected to be even higher in April. It will take a while for our economy to return to normal after this pandemic is over, but there are many things we can do to help small businesses in our community.

The Barrhaven BIA has compiled a list of local businesses which are continuing to provide some sort of service. Many restaurants and eatery’s are open for delivery and take out, some offering free delivery through services like Uber Eats and Door Dash. It is more important now than ever to support local and buy local. Check out the Barrhaven BIA’s website to see how you can do this:

You can also visit my website at where my team and I are posting daily updates on the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds. You can also lfollowmke on Twitter @BarrhavenJan and on Facebook at Councillor Jan Harder for the latest information.

If you ever have any questions it’s best to reach out to Ottawa Public Health who has been working around the clock to provide daily and legitimate information. You can also of course contact my office by email at or by phone at 613-580-2473 if you have any questions.

I have compiled a list of some of the latest information you should know. You can find that below…


Stay safe and remember to practice physical distancing.

A few key pieces of information: 

School information 

-Schools are currently scheduled to remain closed until May 1, for teachers and May 4, for students.

  • The province has said the dates will be extended again if need be.
  • Education minister Stephen Lecce says the goal is to have students return back to the classroom this year if it’s safe to do so.
  • – A second phase of “Learn at Home” has been launched, an online portal where students can do their course work which will still be marked by their teachers.
  • EQAO and Literacy testing has been cancelled for this school year but report cards will still go him in the summer.

City information

  • All parks and amenities are currently closed but walk through safe still allowed. Things like basketball courts, play structures, skate parks, fields and baseball diamonds are closed. Bylaw is out fining people who are not following the procedures.
  • Signs have been installed in all 1,000 parks in the city stating the new rules.
  • City facilities will remain closed until at least June 30. This includes the Walter Baker Centre, Minto Rec Centre and Nepean Sportsplex. Large groups of over five people will also not be able to take place during this time.

Social distancing 

  • It is important to continue practicing physical and social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19. Stay six feet away from others and do not gather in groups of more than five people.
  • Avoid going to places such as stores unless you absolutely need to. There is no reason to hoard food, but make sure you have enough in the house so you don’t have to go to the store unless required.
  • Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Vera Etches, says the signs are showing social distancing measures are working. The number of confided cases of COVID-19 due to community spread are decreasing.

Events cancelled 

All events of over five people will need to be cancelled in the city up until at least June 30. They include the following:

  • The Tulip Festival.
  • The Jazz Festival — although organizers say they hope to create an interactive online component.
  • Canada Day in Barrhaven — a decision that was made due to time constraints. Organizers said they wouldn’t have enough time to set up the event with social distancing measures in place until at least June 30. They are unable to also push the celebrations to another date but are looking at planning a new event in the fall which will include free music, fun and entertainment.
  • The Dragon Boat Festival.
  • Festival Franco-Ontarien has been postponed until September.
  • The 2020 Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is now cancelled and its inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards ceremony has been postponed until 2021.
  • Ottawa Race weekend.