Ontario’s COVID-19 Genomics Rapid Response Coalition
To accelerate the genomic characterization and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Ontario and to help expedite patient genome sequencing through a coordinated approach bringing together all of the province’s genomics resources and capacity to enable timely and comprehensive genomic analysis.
Standardized Sequencing Methodologies
Data Management & Sharing
The ON-CoV Coalition is designed to provide for method standardization and coordination of:
Collecting Patient Samples and Metadata
Data Curation and Management
This work will expedite real-time testing and reporting to inform public health and public policy, help manage and overcome the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and ensure scalability for Ontario’s future pandemics preparedness.
Genomic technologies are the foundation for the solutions necessary to combat the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic. Ontario’s world-leading expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, genomics epidemiology, and artificial intelligence, can expedite Ontario’s response to COVID-19.
The results reported by the Coalition will inform vaccine and therapeutic development.
Why Ontario Genomics?
Over the past 20 years, Ontario Genomics, together with the Ontario Government, Genome Canada, and academic, clinical and industry partners, has built a world-leading genomics ecosystem in Ontario with over $2.7B in funding leveraged for research, translation and the establishment of genomic technology platforms.
Ontario Genomics is well-positioned to provide and promote:
ONCoV Genomics Coalition Steering Committee
Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, Toronto Public Health
Dr. Sarah Wootton, University of Guelph
ONCoV Genomics Coalition Members
University of Toronto
Sunnybrook Health Sciences / University of Toronto
Health Sciences North
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Public Health Ontario
Sinai Health Systems
Hospital for Sick Children / University of Toronto
TCAG / CGEn
Kingston Health Sciences Centre / Queen’s University
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Unity Health Toronto / University of Toronto
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, UHN / University of Toronto
University of Guelph
We are proactively working with the research community, partner genome centres, and governments to accelerate the genomic characterization and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Ontario. Learn more and stay up-to-date about our COVID-19 programs and important resources.
Why rushing COVID-19 booster shots for everyone could do more harm than good
Dr. Allison McGeer, a medical microbiologist and infectious disease specialist at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, says there are two core reasons why developing a booster that specifically targets delta would be advantageous.
September 4, 2021
COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Is Making Campus Safer, Plans to Expand, Says U of G Prof
In the news again, Ontario Genomics supported, University of Guelph and University of Ottawa-led project received nation-wide coverage as a one-of-its-kind wastewater surveillance project for early and effective detection of COVID-19 variants.
September 3, 2021
The Role of Wastewater Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance
August 26, 2021
Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table members including Robert Delatolla and Allison McGeer explain the Role of Wastewater Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Surveillance. We are early supporters of this incredible work.