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PHO holiday hours

Public Health Ontario’s offices will be closed on the following days:

Christmas Day​ ​December 25, 2015
Boxing Day​ ​December 28, 2015
​New Year’s Day ​January 1, 2016

Laboratory testing

All laboratory locations will be on holiday schedules with modified routine operations on Christmas, Boxing Day and the following Monday (December 25-26 and 28, 2015) and New Year’s Day (January 1, 2016).

Staff are available to respond to emergency requests for testing during this time following consultation with our medical staff.

For emergencies during this period, please contact the duty officer at 416-605-3113 or your local PHO laboratory.

Private Citizen Drinking Water Sample Drop-off

Plan ahead to ensure your water sample will be tested prior to the holidays. Private Citizen Drinking Water Samples will not be accepted at the testing laboratories on the following days: 

  • Thursday, December 24, 2015
  • Friday, December 25, 2015
  • Monday, December 28, 2015
  • Thursday, December 31, 2015
  • Friday, January 1, 2016

Please note samples must be tested within 48 hours of collection in order to ensure sample integrity. Check with your local public health unit to find out when you need to drop off your sample so it will be received in time. If you have concerns about your water quality, contact your local public health unit.


From everybody at PHO, we wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable holiday and happy new year.

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