Welcome to the Diocese of Ottawa, one of 30 dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada. Additionally, we are part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario along with the dioceses of Niagara, Toronto, Ontario, Huron, Algoma, and Moosonee.

With our central office just west of Parliament Hill in Canada’s national capital, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa straddles the Ottawa River and spans 46,620 km. Away from the urban centre, our clergy and people have a presence in cottage country and are very active in many small farming and forestry communities, and in towns through eastern Ontario and West Quebec. While church services, communications and activities you will learn about at this website are principally in English, we are also very pleased to have a French-speaking congregation at St. Alban’s near the University of Ottawa and a Inuktitut-speaking congregation at St. Margaret’s, Vanier.

We acknowledge that our diocese is on traditional Algonquin and Mohawk territories. We seek to nurture our relationship with our Indigenous members and neighbours, and to share responsibility for their homelands.


Burns Night at the Cathedral


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Burns Night 2019
Anne Skene, whose son Dugald is Chief of the Clan Skene, was an honoured guest at the Cathedral’s Burns night, where Garth Hampson was MC and her daughter (and cathedral member) Abigail Campbell was soloist. Photo Tom Barnes

Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat, and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be thankit. — Robert Burns, 1759 -1796

The Scottish bard’s 250th birthday brought out the kilts, toasts and musical talents at Christ Church Cathedral on January 26, where the ACW (Anglican Church Women) hosted a Burns night for the fourth year in a row. The evening was replete with music and words, food and fun. The Cathedral Girls Choir directed by James Calkin sang before servers presented a traditional feast including haggis in the famous Scotch sauce. The cathedral’s lady from the highlands, Abigail Campbell, sang the sweet and funny songs of the bard a capella. Canon Bill Fairlie and Brad Hampson entertained on the pipes and yet another head chorister, Geoff Heintzman, “addressed” the Haggis.  The toast to the Immortal Memory came from Bjorn Holtby, whose wife Ineke accompanied Master of Ceremonies Garth Hampson in traditional Scottish selections. Finally, Eleanor Hampson replied, hilariously, to Anna Kempffer-Hossack’s rendition of Burns’ well-loved Toast to the Lassies. — notes from Garth Hampson

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Giving Thanks & Praise – March Workshop

March 30, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm – St. James Anglican Church, Carleton Place.

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Giving Thanks & Praise March 2019 Workshop

Newsletter February 8, 2019

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Crosstalk February 2019

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Reception to celebrate with thanksgiving, Canon Susan Garvey on the occasion of her retirement

Anlican Diocese of Ottawa crest

The Right Reverend John H. Chapman 

Bishop of Ottawa

together with

The Venerable Dr. Peter John Hobbs

Director of Mission

invite you to a


to celebrate with thanksgiving

Canon Susan Garvey

on the occasion of her retirement

as Executive Director of Cornerstone Housing for Women

on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

from four to six pm at

Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa.

Light refreshments will be served.

Donations in support of Cornerstone Housing for Women

will be gratefully received.

Please enter at 414 Sparks Street

Marriage Preparation Course

Fri, 1 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM –

Sat, 2 Mar 2019, 4:30 PM EST

Epiphany Anglican Church, 1290 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa, ON K1J 1H5

Cost: $190 – $230

Register online here


The Marriage Preparation Course is designed to help participants to learn and grow through presentations given by professional speakers, small group discussions with trained facilitators, and couple conversations.
All couples are welcome and participation is not limited based gender, age, or previous marital status. Small groups are designed so that couples with shared experience may benefit from conversations with one another. Topics such as step-parenting and blending families will be addressed in small group sessions, where appropriate.

The fee is $190 per couple. This fee includes unlimited access to More Than Friends (an innovative, flexible, web based resource designed to be adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith).

Refreshments are provided throughout the two day session; however, lunch is not provided. You will have an hour break to go out or you are invited to bring lunch with you.

The course will run from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm on Friday night and from 9:30am-4:30pm on Saturday. You must attend both days.




Who can attend this course?

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa welcomes people of any or no denomination to participate in our marriage preparation courses; participation is not limited by gender, age, or previous marital status. Church affiliation is not a requirement to attend this course.

If you are being married in an Anglican church outside of the Diocese of Ottawa, or in another place of worship, please check with the person who is officiating your wedding to ensure that our course meets their requirements.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a pen and notebook, as well as a travel mug for coffee (if you have one)

Refreshments are provided throughout the two day sessions; however, lunch is not provided. You will have an hour break and are invited to bring a lunch with you, or go to nearby providers.

How much does it cost?

$190 per couple
Couples who register late will be charged $230

Registration Fees include unlimited access to More Than Friends (an innovative, flexible, web-based resource designed to be adaptable to the diverse situations of couples and communities of faith).

What’s the refund policy?

If you cancel at least two (2) full weeks prior to the start of your course, you will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than two (2) full weeks prior to the start of your course, your registration is non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances (ex. bereavement).

Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient registration. In the rare event that this occurs, you will be notified immediately and given the option of transferring your registration to a future course or to receive a full refund.



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