How you can donate to COVID-19 relief efforts

Ottawa is no stranger to showing resiliency through crisis. We fill sandbags during floods. We raise money for families in need. We support each other through tough times. COVID-19 is different because staying home is the biggest way we can help.

If you are in a position to donate any of your money, a little will go a long way to help each other stay safe and healthy.

Here are a few places where you can donate:

Personal Protective Equipment: Masks, gloves and gowns will keep the people keeping us alive healthy enough to work. The City of Ottawa is sourcing donations and will arrange pick-up or drop-off. You can email You can contact the hospital directly at

Medical students at the University of Ottawa are leading an equipment drive. They have more information here.

Ottawa Food Bank: More people are relying on food banks to feed their families and you can help keep everyone fed. You can donate here.

The Wabano Centre Aboriginal Health: The Centre is continuing to offer medical, mental health and wellness services. Your donation will help Wabano continue to serve the community throughout the pandemic.

Operation Ramzieh: Lead by the staff at DreamMind, Operation Ramzieh is delivering food to people in need. Each box contains things like fruit, milk and protein. The boxes should last a family a week. If you would like to contribute, you can email

Canadian Blood Services: The Canadian Blood Services has seen a spike in people cancelling their appointments over COVID-19. It is safe for you to donate and you will be screened before you arrive in person. You can book an appointment here.

United Way of Eastern Ontario: The United Way has put together a one-stop-shop website where you can donate, seek help or volunteer your time. They support a variety of organizations across the city, like the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region.

The Assembly of Se7en Generations: The Assembly of Se7en Generations has moved its weekly programming online and has also started offering additional workshops. They are looking for supports to help secure Wi-Fi access and devices so Indigenous youth can connect to their virtual resources. You can email to donate

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