On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will be visible throughout eastern Canada,
including parts of southern Ontario. Some parts of Ontario will see a partial
eclipse (where the sun is mostly hidden), and some will see a total eclipse
(where the sun is completely hidden).

Depending on where you are, the eclipse will happen between 2 and 4:30
p.m. and the total eclipse will last between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.

While the eclipse will be temporary and short, it is important to take
precautions to minimize potential negative impacts of the event.

Ontario Ventilator Equipment Pool (VEP) precautions

To help reduce the volume of traffic on roadways expected from people
travelling to see the eclipse in prime locations, we are taking the following
steps on April 8:

– Reducing non-urgent in-person home visits across the province.
– Stopping non-urgent deliveries of equipment and supplies.

Questions or concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about your Ontario VEP equipment,
supplies or services, please contact the Ontario VEP business office
weekdays between the hours of 08:30 am-4:30 pm Toll-free in Ontario at
If you would like more information about your own eye safety during the
eclipse, please refer to your local public health agency such as this
webpage from Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health

PDF version:  Communique_Solar Eclipse _Ontario Ventilator Equipment Pool_