Bronson Centre COVID-19 Updates

In recognition of keeping the Bronson Centre community and our tenants updated during the pandemic, we will be posting consistent updates on the Bronson Centre’s response effort on this page. Any questions about content may be directed to JP Melville at 


April 9th Update –  IMPORTANT 


Friday April 10, the Bronson Centre will be closed on a one-time basis. The Bronson Centre will reopen on Monday April 13th with our adjusted hours.  


Bronson Community Updates 

  • Bronson Centre staff are exploring how to access recently announced provincial funding for, “shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits to continue to deliver their critical services, hire additional staff, and find ways to promote social/physical distancing and self-isolation to keep clients safe and healthy”. Bronson Centre will continue to communicate with Bronson Centre organizations through this platform and seek to leverage the collaboration within Bronson Centre to ensure the continued delivery of services and sustainability of our tenants. If you have questions or would like to contribute to this effort please contact JP Melville at 
  • The Bronson Hub continues to be open for business and exploring how to reach seniors and intergenerational population during this time. We continue to develop projects and are open to new ideas from Bronson Centre organizations, especially projects that address our current reality of social isolation.   


Building Updates 

  • Bronson Centre has adjusted its hours and procedures for entering the building during the state of emergency and global pandemic.  
  • The Bronson Centre is now open 9AM – 5PM Monday to Friday (except April 10). The Bronson Centre is closed on Saturday and Sunday.  
  • Tenants are asked to enter the building by the front door. Please use your building key to enter as the doors will be kept locked at all times. If you do not have a key, you may call a colleague in the building to let you in or call the Bronson Centre front desk.  
  • The parking lot entrance of the Bronson Centre is currently inaccessible due to construction. Please use the front door to enter the building. 
  • Bronson Centre has offered its community space to the City of Ottawa for use during the pandemic if need be. This conversation is ongoing, and nothing has been confirmed as of this date. 
  • Ministry of Labour visited the Bronson Centre on Monday April 6 to help Bronson Centre manage working within COVID19 safety precautions in order to keep the centre open to continue delivery of essential services. Conversations with the Ministry of Labour to ensure the safety of our community and tenants are ongoing.  
  • Renovations to the AC and theatre continue and the women’s washrooms on the north side of the lobby are nearly complete. Renovations are proceeding in accordance with provincial and municipal regulations.  
  • Questions about permanent rentals and leases can be directed to Corey Mayville at No changes are expected at this time.  



23 March Update

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



novel coronavirus (COVID -19)

Declaration of Emergency – Province of Ontario

Bronson Centre respects the Declaration of Emergency made by the Province of Ontario.

On the 23rd of March, 2020, the Government of Ontario announced the Mandatory Closure of All non-Essential Workplaces (published 1:30 pm 23 March 2020).

With respect to the novel coronavirus (COVID -19), we share the concern of all our tenants, visiting public, and patrons to events and / or offices in our facility.

Until further notice, for the organizations deemed as essential services and operating out of Bronson Centre (e.g. Dalhousie Food Cupboard) we remain open with the following restricted hours:


9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


We further respect the Special Statement made by Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health on March 18, 2020:

“Do NOT gather in groups of 10 or more.”

We recommend that everyone visit for updates and that our tenants take actions appropriate to the situation.


New Bookings, Postponements, Cancellations

1. If you need to make a booking, please contact us by phone or email if possible, rather than coming to the building.

Reception: 613-237-5550

2. For information about community events, please contact the organizers directly.

3. For information regarding shows in the venue, please visit



Precautions that we are taking in our facility include:

  • Restrooms, handrails, door handles, and other commonly used surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Staff will be wearing gloves while cleaning where practical and washing their hands on a regular basis.

Please follow these personal precautions (also at Ottawa Public Health website):

  • Wash their hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth unless they have just washed their hands
  • Cover their cough and sneeze with a tissue or into their arm, not their hand
  • If possible, stay home if they are sick
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if they are sick
  • It is still recommended that they get a flu shot if they haven’t already as the flu virus is still circulating in the community
  • Keep workplaces clean and hygienic – increase frequency of cleaning high- touch surfaces such as elevator buttons, key boards, mouse, phones, desks, computers, seating areas, lunch tables, kitchens, washrooms, etc.
  • Although not conclusive, there may be benefit to increasing the spatial separation between desks and workstations as well as individuals (e.g., employees, customers) from each other, ideally a 2 metre separation should be maintained, unless there is a physical barrier (e.g., cubicle, Plexiglas window).
  • Increased awareness about and communication to staff about COVID-19.
  • Advise employees and contractors to consult national travel advice before going on business trips
  • Take precautions for social events