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!
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.
September 7, 2021
Please note that beginning September 13, all members, visitors, volunteers, instructors, and contractors entering the Centre are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of full vaccination. Please review the full policy here.
Regular hours of operation have resumed (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday). Members will no longer be required to come to the Centre in cohorts, and will be able to visit the Centre any day of the week.
Can I have lunch at any time?
Lunch will be offered in two seatings– the first seating will be from 11am until 12pm, and the second seating will be from 12:30pm until 1:30pm to allow for sanitizing of the tables. Please note that you must pre-register for lunch as there is limited seating to allow for physical distancing.
Do I have to wear a mask while I am at the Centre?
Yes. You must wear a mask at all times while you are in the Centre, with the exception of during physical activity or while eating, however you must remain physically distanced. Please let us know if you require a mask.
How many people can be in the Centre at once?
Currently we are limited to 50 members per day in the Centre, not including staff or volunteers. This number may change as public health guidance allows.
Fall Bulletin & Program Registration:
Our Fall Bulletin can be found here for updated information, dates of upcoming in-house services (such as foot care, hair care and legal services), and all of our special events. Please contact us to book an appointment, or RSVP for an event at: 613-236-0428 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Fall Programs can be viewed here (programming runs from September to December).
For a full list of COVID-19 resources and supports available during this time, visit our Resources page here.
We can be reached with any questions or concerns by email at email@example.com or by phone at 613-236-0428.