Compassionate Ottawa is a community movement that works to change the way we think about living well, dying, death and grief and to strengthen the capacity of people to care for each other in times of serious illness and loss. We passionately believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy wellness and self-respect until the end of life.


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What We Do

Advance Care Planning
Conversations with Leaders
Grief and Bereavement
City-Wide Event
Sponsor Projects

Where We Work

Our Schools
Our Workplaces
Our Faith Communities
Our Communities At Large

Our News

  • World Compassionate Communities Day in Ottawa

    The first World Compassionate Communities Day was proclaimed by Mayor Jim Watson at Ottawa City Hall on Monday, November 1, 2021. This day, to recognize the contribution of compassionate communities around the world, was organized [...]

  • Welcome to the new Compassionate Ottawa website!

    Welcome to the new Compassionate Ottawa website! Over the past year, we have been busy updating our online presence. The first major step that we have taken is refreshing the look, feel and [...]

Compassionate Ottawa is committed to fighting exclusion and racism which has been present for centuries and has been acutely reported on in the last several years. Through our activities and representations, we will contribute to the dismantling of systemic oppression and exclusion of all groups that experience discrimination. Compassionate Ottawa is a learning organization, aware that striving for inclusion is a process. We are reaching out to communities to help us learn to be truly inclusive.

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