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Ottawa opens emergency cooling centres during heat wave

August 21, 2021
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Three emergency cooling centres remain open through Thursday, August 26 to provide relief from the heat to residents in need.

The following sites will be open from 11 am to 7 pm:

  • City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West (Sport Hall of Fame – 1st floor Heritage Building)
  • Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West
  • Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street

The City will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust response measures, as required.

The emergency cooling centres are set up to ensure users can practice proper physical distancing and have access to water. Residents should bring a mask with them if they have one.

Heat warnings issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada mean extra precautions need to be taken by everyone. While City splashpads, beaches, wading pools and outdoor pools have opened, some of the other ways we cool off may not be available this summer because of measures put in place to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It will be important to think ahead and plan for ways to stay cool while respecting Public Health COVID-19 prevention measures. Keep in touch with others who may not be able to stay cool, especially during a heat warning. Ottawa Public Health has information on how to Beat the Heat this summer. Heat illnesses are preventable. Residents are encouraged to stay cool at home using the Beat the Heat tips such as taking cool showers and using fans or air conditioning during the heat warning.

For more information on City programs and services, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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