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 2022 Bulletin and Winter 2022 Program Guide to see our current programs and events!
Please view our Spring 2023 Bulletin and Spring 2023 Program Guide to see our upcoming programs and events!
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.
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 encouraged 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.
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 $10.00 administration fee. To make a change or cancel a program, please call 613-236-0428. The following will apply:
If any number of classes are cancelled by The Good Companions, make-up classes will be offered.
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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.
Please ensure you self screen each day before coming to the Centre: Website-COVID-19-Self-Screener-.pdf (thegoodcompanions.ca)
For the safety of those that we serve and for ourselves, we will continue to require masks to be worn by everyone entering the Centre or Good Companions transportation vehicles.
Construction on Albert Street between Empress and Bronson is scheduled to start on Monday, March 27th. The City of Ottawa is rehabilitating portions of its underground infrastructure along Albert Street, Queen Street, Slater Street and Bronson Avenue. Albert and Slater Street will be reduced to single lanes in each direction starting on this date and lasting until the end of the 2023 construction season. For more information on this project and how it may affect your travel, please click here.