On the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 death in Ottawa, Mayor Jim Watson hosted an interfaith service to honour all City of Ottawa residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Mayor Watson was joined by Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Chief Wendy Jocko, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Mr. Francois Couillard, Bahá’í Community of Ottawa, Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey, Parkdale United Church, Rabbi Idan Scher, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, and Imam Samy Metwally, Islamic Society of Gloucester for the solemn sunset ceremony at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall.

The first death in Ottawa from the COVID-19 virus occurred on March 25, 2020. To commemorate this day, the flags at Ottawa City Hall are lowered to half-mast from sunrise on Thursday, March 25 until sunset on Sunday, March 28.


“We will remember all those who have lost their lives and we are thinking of the family and friends of loved ones who are grieving.”

Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa