Ontario announces investment in province-wide COVID-19 wastewater surveillance initiative

We have exciting news to share about the advancement of our wastewater initiative!

We have joined the province of Ontario in undertaking a COVID-19 wastewater surveillance initiative to test wastewater samples in communities across the province to determine whether wastewater surveillance can be used in conjunction with clinical data as a tool to inform a public health response. Our involvement will support Ontario’s COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan to quickly identify, manage and prevent outbreaks, the province.

The Government of Ontario is investing $12.2 million over the next two years to partner with and support Ontario universities and municipalities that are conducting important research to advance COVID-19 detection in wastewater and relief efforts across Ontario. As we have mentioned previously, wastewater surveillance could help detect early signals and trends, ensuring public health measures can be timely and targeted.

At McMaster University, the laboratory will be conducting important research to validate the processes and methods used to analyze wastewater in this important initiative. CWCO partners will be collecting and sharing the samples used in this research, and with the province, municipalities will be expanding their capacity to test for SARS-COV-2, and enable them to track other pathogens and viruses in the future.

This initiative will extend to some remote communities and vulnerable populations, such as long-term care facilities, First Nations communities, shelters, retirement residences and correctional institutions to be added to the surveillance network.

We are extremely proud to be part of this important initiative. For more information about the  COVID-19 wastewater surveillance initiative, please read the information sheet provided by the province.

Redeemer Partners with McMaster on COVID-19 Wastewater Testing

Wastewater testing for the virus will provide useful information from Redeemer’s campus, which is currently open to students, staff and faculty, but not the general public.

While McMaster’s research project is tracking COVID-19 via wastewater to support its re-opening plans, collaboration with Redeemer is expected to provide useful information from a campus that is already open to students, faculty and staff, but closed to the general public. The project will provide Redeemer with specific and regular data about the presence of the virus on campus, serving as an early warning system and allowing for the implementation of remedial measures as necessary.

Read the full story on Redeemer University’s website