Updates on WFH Measures, Vaccine Rollout & Rapid Testing

Staff to continue working remotely until June 14th

Updated May 12th with information from Community Update #13: Work from Home Measures Extended until June 14th; Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout & Rapid Testing Units. Please scroll down for details.

About the Stay-at-Home Order

On May 13th, Ontario extended the provincewide stay-at-home order until at least June 2, 2021 due to the rise in new, more contagious variants continuing to pose a significant risk.

NFN’s Crisis Control Group (CCG) has been meeting weekly since the start of the pandemic.  Our CCG plans to re-evaluate our June 14th return to work date on May 31st, once we have more details about the latest provincial measures and restrictions.

The stay-at-home order is asking that people remain at their home and on their property unless necessary to leave for essential reasons such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise or for work that cannot be done remotely. 

Impacts to our Business Operations

  • NFN Offices:  Closed to staff until Monday, June 14th with staff working remotely during this time. Only staff who cannot work from home will be permitted to be on-site to perform their duties.  Our offices remain closed to the public until further notice. This is to minimize contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community in line with enhanced public health measures requiring workplaces to ensure all employees work from home if they can. Some services are available curbside, and drop boxes are located at the Administration Building main entrance, Finance department, Culture Centre, Health Centre, Education Office & Natural Resources.
  • NFN Daycares:  The Nipissing Ojibway Daycare and Couchie Memorial Daycare remain open for existing registrants, and where both parents/guardians require childcare due to work obligations. 
  • Nbisiing Secondary School:  Virtual classes will continue to be offered until the end of the school year.
  • Shuttle Service (Duchesnay Creek Bridge):  Hours of operation are reduced to 7:00am – 8:00pm during the provincewide stay-at-home order.  After-hours service is available for essential trips only and must be pre-arranged by contacting Glenn McLeod at 705-471-7073 during business hours.
  • NFN Businesses (provincial restrictions in effect until May 20th – date subject to change):
    • Essential businesses (providing gas and/or groceries) can continue operating with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.  NFN staff are working with businesses to ensure safety measures are current.
    • Non-essential businesses can be open between 7:00am and 8:00pm for curbside pick-up or delivery by appointment (deliveries are permitted between 6:00am and 9:00pm).  Patrons must pre-order by phone or online before coming to the business (with the exception of convenience stores).

Update on NFN’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

One of the best ways we can protect ourselves, our families, friends and community members from COVID-19 is getting vaccinated and continuing to follow public health measures. 

As of May 10th, 1,424 individuals have received a 1st dose of Moderna (90.64% of eligible registrants) and 1,145 individuals have received their 1st & 2nd doses (72.88% of eligible registrants).  There are currently 14 individuals on the waitlist for a 1st dose.

NFN Health Services has held 23 vaccination clinics and is planning to hold one final mass immunization clinic before the end of May at Nbisiing Secondary School and the Community Complex Gym in Garden Village before moving to appointment-based bookings at the Health Centre on Wednesday afternoons starting in June.

If you have not yet received a 1st dose and would like to, please call the Health Centre at 705-753-3312 to register before Friday, May 14, 2021.  You must register in advance and will then be called for a vaccine appointment based on the time at which you registered.  If you have received a 1st dose already, you do not need to call again to register for your 2nd dose. 

Community members aged 12 to 17 years or those in this age group residing in an NFN household can call the Health Centre at 705-753-3312 to register for a Pfizer vaccine. Individuals are encouraged to not wait as we can only order vaccines for those registered for one. Appointments will be scheduled as soon as provincial approval is granted for this age range.


  • You are over 16 years old; and
  • Live in Nipissing First Nation; or
  • Are a Nipissing First Nation member living off-reserve and can attend a vaccine clinic here; or
  • You are employed by Nipissing First Nation, or by a business located on NFN.

We will not be accepting walk-up/walk-in vaccine appointments.
Everyone must be pre-registered.

COVID-19 Immunization Records

If it has been more than 14 days since you had your 2nd dose of the Moderna vaccine here at NFN, your immunization record will be sent to you starting this week.  If your preference was to receive the record by secure email, it will be issued to the email address listed on the 2nd dose consent form.  All other records will be sent to the mailing address provided on the 2nd dose consent form.  If you do not receive your record by May 25th and it has been more than 14 days since your 2nd dose, please contact the Health Centre at 705-753-3312 to follow-up.

Rapid Testing on NFN

NFN has secured four (4) COVID-19 testing units that will be operated by our trained and qualified nurses.  Test results are available in 30 minutes and two (2) tests can be done at a time.  Two (2) units will be located at the Lawrence Commanda Health Centre (58 Semo Road, Garden Village) and two (2) will be at Nbisiing Secondary School (469B Couchie Memorial Drive, Duchesnay).

It is important to note that these units serve as a surveillance tool and do not provide a laboratory confirmed result.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 at one of our rapid testing units will be sent for a test at an assessment centre to confirm the result.  Individuals who test negative will not need to take further action if there is no concern about possible exposure to COVID-19.

To inquire about getting a rapid test:  please call the Health Centre at 705-753-3312. 

All plans are subject to change, and we will continue to provide regular updates.


For regular updates about our operations during our extended office closure and for more information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit nfn.ca/covid19 or read the latest issue of our newsletter, Enkamgak. 

Essential Services & Contacts:

Health Services:

  • Community Health
  • Home and Community Care
  • Medical Transportation

Kimberly Lalonde – Director of Health Services
705-753-3312 ext. 2223  |  kiml@nfn.ca

Carole Lafantaisie – Community Health Nurse
705-840-8830  |  chn@nfn.ca

Mental Health & Addictions:

Right Path Essential Client Services
705-753-1375 (please leave a message)
Harm reduction supplies are available every Thursday from 1pm – 4:30pm at 316 Ted Commanda Drive.  Knock at the door and supplies will be prepared for you, or you can call the office or email lisal@nfn.ca to make arrangements. The Suboxone Clinic at the Health Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm and welcomes referrals or self-referrals.
Overdose Prevention Line – 1-888-853-8542

Social Services:

  • Ojibway Women’s Lodge
  • NFN Food Bank
  • Ontario Works
  • Child Welfare (Emergency)

Debbie McLeod – Director of Social Services
705-753-2050 ext. 1230 |  debbiem@nfn.ca  

Ojibway Women’s Lodge Emergency Line

Food Bank Access Days
1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month
Call 705-753-6972 or email foodbank@nfn.ca for more info.
Download the current month’s order form at nfn.ca/food-bank


NFN Apartment Units – Emergency Repairs/Maintenance

Infrastructure and Public Works:

  • Water & Wastewater Treatment
  • Garbage & Recycling Pick Up
  • Landfill Operations
  • Building & Road Maintenance

Steve Doucette – Public Works Manager
705-840-3626  |  steved@nfn.ca

Education & Child Care:

Nancy Allaire – Director of Education
705-753-6995  |  nancya@nfn.ca

Carole Couillard – Nbisiing School Principal
705-497-9938  |  carolec@nbisiing.com

Brandie Fong – Manager of Children’s Services
705-753-3312  |  brandief@nfn.ca

Business Support/Inquiries:

Thomas Lambert – Employment & Training Manager 
705-753-6985  |  thomasl@nfn.ca

Ken Hazell – Economic Development Officer
705-753-2050 ext. 1264 | kenh@nfn.ca

Melvin McLeod – Emergency Services Manager
705-498-4407  |  melvinm@nfn.ca

Stop the Spread Business Info Line

For general questions and inquiries, please contact:

Brendan Huston, Chief Executive Officer
705-753-2050 ext. 1222 | brendanh@nfn.ca 

Freda Martel, Director of Administration
705-753-2050 ext. 1223 | fredam@nfn.ca
Check this webpage for regular updates: nfn.ca/covid19
Do your part! Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Kind & Save Lives .