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Here's what's cancelled due to COVID-19 in the Ottawa area

We're keeping a running list of events cancelled or postponed in eastern Ontario and western Quebec due to concerns about the novel coronavirus.

Check here for our updated list of events cancelled or postponed

The Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The National Hockey League has suspended the season due to concerns about the coronavirus and the arena has cancelled all events. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

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  • Due to the volume and scope of cancellations, this story is no longer being updated.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to emerge in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, here's our running tally of major events that have been cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic.

This list will be updated as more cancellations are announced. Multi-day events that have been called off are listed on the first date they were scheduled for.


Multi-day events, programs, sports, etc.

  • All publicly funded schools in Ontario, from March 14 until at least April 5.
  • All major museums in Ottawa-Gatineau are closing their doors to visitors, effective Saturday, and until further notice.
  • The City of Ottawa is shutting down municipal facilities starting Monday including recreation facilities, pools and libraries until at least April 5.
  • The National Arts Centre is cancelling all performances and events until at least April 5.
  • Carleton University has cancelled classes and is moving all courses online until at least the end of term. See here for more events that are cancelled. 
  • University of Ottawa cancels classes on March 15 and March 16 and as of March 18, in person classes and labs moved online.
  • All Ottawa Senators games, as part of the NHL's decision to suspend the remainder of its season.
  • All Ottawa 67s games, as part of the OHL's decision to suspend the remainder of its season.
  • All minor league hockey games in eastern Ontario, until further notice.
  • All events scheduled for the Canadian Tire Centre, including the Disney on Ice shows, which were set to run until March 15.
  • The Anglican Diocese of Ontario has cancelled all worship services until further notice.
  • All on- and off-campus events planned by St. Lawrence College, which has campuses in Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall, until April 10.
  • Future jury trials in Ontario until further notice. Ongoing trials will continue.
  • All citizenship ceremonies, citizenship tests and retests across Canada are cancelled until further notice.
  • Algonquin College cancelled its March Break Open Houses in both Ottawa and Pembroke and suspended labs and face-to-face classes from March 16 to March 22.
  • Queen's University cancelled all undergraduate classes except health professional programs for a week starting March 13 and suspended alumni events and off-campus events in places like Ottawa until the end of May.
  • All public events held at the Embassy of Japan, including a March 26 film screening and a poetry event scheduled for March 28.
  • Cirque du Soleil's Crystal performance in Ottawa scheduled for July 1 to July 5 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
  • TD Place postpones all events scheduled for the next several weeks.
  • Canadian Premier League suspends all pre-season training for all of its clubs beginning March 13.
  • Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que. is closed until further notice.
  • Dovercourt Recreation Association cancels all programing, rentals and facility use until further notice. 
  • Ottawa Sport and Social Club suspending all programming until further notice starting March 16.
  • SAW gallery will be closed March 14 to April 6.
  • The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is closed until April 6.
  • The Kiwanis Music Festival is postponed until May, with some classes and concerts cancelled.
  • Ottawa Gymnastics Centre closed March 14 to April 5.
  • Ottawa's House of Targ pinball bar closed until further notice.
  • Gatineau Park open, but visitors centre closed.

Calendar of cancelled events:

March 14

  • The city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and subsequent party at Lansdowne Park.
  • St. Patrick's celebration at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts.
  • Capital Chamber Choir Schnittke Concerto for Choir postponed until further notice.
  • The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has cancelled its meeting.
  • Kingston Seedy Saturday cancelled by Kingston Area Seed System Initiative.
  • Ottawa Wedding Show scheduled for March 14 and March 15.
  • The Archdiocese of Ottawa has asked parishes to cancel all Lord's Day masses March 14 and 15.

March 15

  • Limmud 2020, a festival of Jewish learning and culture that had been slated for the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.

March 16

  • Week-long March break camps at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
  • Spirit of Rasputin's open stage cancelled. 
  • New Image of Home exhibition reception and lecture at Carleton University.

March 18

  • Just For Laughs Dara Ó Briain performance at the Meridian Theatres Centrepointe.

March 19

Dancers marking the Persian New Year celebration of Nowruz at the White House in 2016. Ottawa's Nowruz festivities have been cancelled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

March 20

  • Pearl Jam's concert at the Canadian Tire Centre.

March 21

  • An open house at the University of Ottawa for prospective undergraduate students.
  • Cumberland Lions Club's Murder Mystery event.

March 21

  • Ottawa Coffee Fest scheduled for March 21 and March 22 postponed.

March 26

  • The two-day Safety Days and Wellness Fair at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour in Kingston, Ont.

March 28

March 30

  • Museopark's Soup Splash Monday evening. 
  • Ottawa Symphony Orchestra's concert.

April 4

  • Vanier Sugar Festival, April 4 and April 5.
  • The Ten Collective two-day show, April 4 and April 5, in Almonte, Ont.
  • Cumberland Lions Club two-day annual Maplefest on April 4 and April 5.

April 8

  • The Discover TechNATA expo and job fair has been moved to Oct. 5 at the Brookstreet Hotel.

April 11

  • Jesse Cook concert at the National Arts Centre to be rescheduled.

April 29

  • The Big Brothers and Big Sisters' 50th annual celebration dinner and awards ceremony.

May 4

  • Ottawa Symphony Orchestra's concert.
Ottawa's annual St. Patrick's Day parade has been cancelled for 2020 over concerns about COVID-19. (Olivier Plante/CBC)

Past cancellations

March 13

  • All schools and facilities in three of western Quebec's four French school boards are closed. The Commission scolaire des Hauts-Bois-de-l'Outaouais and English Western Québec School Board is open.
  • The Kanata Muslim Association has cancelled its Friday prayer gathering.
  • The First Robotics Competition, the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser and the March Break open house at Carleton University.
  • Saw Gallery's annual Sketch fundraiser and afterparty.
  • Child Haven Fiesta fundraiser First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa.

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