Programs & Services
The Good Companions offers a diverse range of programs ranging from physical activity, continuing education courses, performing arts, games, crafts, day trips, and much more!
Check out our Winter Program Guide for a full listing of our upcoming courses.
NEW! For detailed descriptions of each course, please consult the Program Description Booklet.
The Good Companions provides the widest range of activities for older adults in the Ottawa region. All programs are led by qualified volunteers/professionals. In this friendly, bustling, modern 36,000 square foot facility in the heart of downtown Ottawa, there is something for everyone’s interests and tastes. A nutritious daily noon meal is available at a reasonable price, so you may dine and socialize with friends while at the Centre.
The Centre’s main priorities are social integration, affordability and accessibility. To this end, we provide meals and refreshments as well as health services including wellness and social programs/services. Special programs and volunteer assistance are made available for frail or disabled seniors.
Program Registration Rules & Guidelines
The Good Companions programs are available to members only. You may register to become a member any time during the year. Please note, memberships are valid from April 1st to March 31st of the following year.
Members may register for programs during designated program registration periods. Registration after the designated registration period can be processed through Front Reception. Members are encourage to register during the designated registration period as some classes may fill up quickly or may be cancelled due to lack of interest. The price of each program is reflective of any statutory holidays that may occur.
When a program becomes full, you will have the option of making another selection or being put on a waiting list. (There is no guarantee that a space will become available). Members will only be contacted if a space becomes available.
Cancellation/Changes & Refunds
We do our best to make sure all programs run exactly as outlined in the program guide, but sometimes a date, time, location, or fees may change. Programs are subject to cancellations due to insufficient registration. The cancellation process starts one week prior to the start of programs. You will be notified if your program is cancelled. If this situation occurs, a full refund will be issued.
Member requested cancellations and refunds will be subject to a $5.00 administration fee. To make a change or cancel a program, please call 613-236-0428. The following will apply:
- No refund will be given after the second scheduled class has begun.
- Please allow up to four (4) weeks for a refund.
If any number of classes are cancelled by The Good Companions, make-up classes will be offered.
Members may renew memberships and register for programs over the phone from the comfort of their own home by credit card ONLY. Please call 613-236-0428 during the designated registration period. Phone lines may become busy. If you are unable to reach the registration staff, please leave a message with your name, your phone number, and a brief message. All calls will be returned as soon as possible.
The benefits of registering in person include the ability to pay by cash, cheque, debit, or credit card. Staff will also be available to assist with the registration process. Registrations will only be accepted during the designated registration period. Please check your Bulletin and Program Guide for designated program registration dates and times.
** New members are encouraged to register in person. **
Disclaimer: Not all programs are offered at all program sessions. Please consult the current program guide for a list of the programs that are being offered in this session.