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City of Ottawa accepting donations of personal protective equipment for COVID-19 response

A formal donation process has been established in response to the many residents and businesses who have contacted the city with offerings.
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Ottawa City Hall, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The City of Ottawa is launching a formal donation process for businesses and residents to donate commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect emergency responders and front-line workers supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The city says the formal process has been established in response to the many residents and businesses who have contacted it with donation offerings.

The PPE supplies must be commercial-grade and in its original packaging. These items include, but are not limited to:

  • N95 masks (1870+ or 1805)
  • Surgical masks
  • Procedural masks
  • Face shields
  • Gloves
  • Protective gowns
  • Protective goggles and glasses
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Disinfectant wipes

Homemade personal protective equipment will not be accepted.

To donate, the city asks interested businesses and residents to email and provide information on the items and quantities. The city will review donations offered and arrange a drop-off or pick-up.

The city is also in constant communication with The Ottawa Hospital, which is collecting, processing and storing all donated medical equipment, to help supply the many front-line healthcare staff across the Eastern Ontario region who are responding to the pandemic. 

The Ottawa Hospital can be reached at

Many community agencies, non-profit organizations and charities are also working to help the community through this pandemic, especially our community’s vulnerable people in need of support. Residents are encouraged to contact the agencies with donation of items and monetary contributions.

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