Ontario pulls plug on COVID-19 wastewater surveillance – CBC

Province says move will ‘avoid duplication’ as Ottawa expands its monitoring program

Jun 05, 2024

Premier Doug Ford’s government is scrapping Ontario’s program for sampling wastewater to monitor the level of COVID-19 in the population.

The program measures how much of the virus that causes COVID-19 is circulating around the province and is run by a dozen universities and research sites, through funding from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

In a statement, a provincial official said the move will “avoid duplication” with a federal program.

“The federal government conducts wastewater surveillance across Canada and is moving to expand its sampling to additional sites in Ontario,” said Environment Ministry spokesperson Gary Wheeler in an email to CBC News.

“Ontario is working to support this expansion while winding down the provincial wastewater surveillance initiative,” he said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-wastewater-sewage-virus-monitoring-1.7224236

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