About Us

Welcome to the Diocese of Ottawa, one of 30 dioceses in the Anglican Church of Canada.

With its head office in the National Capital Region, The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa straddles the Ottawa River and includes the eastern counties of Ontario and the western counties of Quebec. The Diocese includes a mix of large urban and small rural farming and forestry communities, spanning 46,620 km.

Additionally, the Diocese is a part of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario (which includes the dioceses of Niagara Toronto OntarioHuronAlgomaMoosonee , and Ottawa) in the Anglican Church of Canada.

We acknowledge that our Diocese is on the unceded Algonquin Anishnabe and Mohawk territories.

Our History

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, formerly a part of the Diocese of Ontario, was incorporated in 1896. This newly formed Diocese included the counties of Carleton, Lanark, Renfrew, Russell, Prescott, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, and the majority of the then Territory of Nipissing in the Province on Ontario.

In 1965 the Deanery of Clarendon, on the North shore of the Ottawa River in the Province of Quebec, was transferred from the Diocese of Montreal to the Diocese of Ottawa. The Deanery of Clarendon is comprised of the westerly portion of the County of Papineau, from and including the Township of Buckingham, and the counties of Gatineau, Hull, and Pontiac.

For detailed records of the Diocese and its parishes, please consult the Diocesan Archives.

Our Bishop

The Right Reverend John H Chapman, B.A. (Carleton); M.Div. (UWO); D.Min. (University of the South); D.D. (Huron University College).
9th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

Bishop John grew up in the Diocese of Ottawa and was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Ottawa on the Feast of Pentecost, 1978 and Priest on the Feast of St. Andrew, 1978. Having worked several years as Chaplain to Huron University College and the Anglican Chaplain to the University of Western Ontario; Rector of St. Judges, London; and later as the Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, and Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Huron in London, Ontario, he returned to Ottawa in 2007 after being elected the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Ottawa.

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Our Bishop

The Right Reverend John H Chapman, B.A. (Carleton); M.Div. (UWO); D.Min. (University of the South); D.D. (Huron University College).IXth Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

Bishop John grew upin the Diocese of Ottawa and was ordained Deacon in the Diocese of Ottawa on the Feast ofPentecost 1978 and Priest on the Feast ofSt. Andrew, 1978. Having worked several years as Chaplain to Huron University College and the Anglican Chaplain to the University of Western Ontario; Rector of St. Judges, London; and later as the Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, and Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Huron in London, Ontario, he returned to Ottawa in 2007 after being elected the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Ottawa.

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Our Parishes

Some 110 congregations in 70 parishes are located in the Diocese.

Over one million people live within the diocesan boundaries, 21,000 of whom identify themselves as Anglican. There are approximately 18,110 people on our parish rolls.

For detailed records of the Diocese and its parishes, please consult the Diocesan Archives; or use our Find a Church feature to locate a parish near you.

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Synod

Every year our delegates and clergy from our parishes gather to the meeting of Diocesan Synod, the ‘Annual General Meeting’ of the Diocese. This meeting is important because it gives us an opportunity to see the bigger picture of the mission and ministry of the Diocese; how can we embrace the mission of God more effectively.

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Synod

Every year our delegates and clergy from our parishes gather to the meeting of Diocesan Synod, the Annual General Meetings of the Diocese. This meeting is important because it gives usan opportunity to see the bigger picture of the mission and ministry of the Diocese; how can we embrace the mission of God more effectively.

Synod is an opportunity to learn about and discuss the many ways that we try and act as Christ’s followers in our changing culture and society.

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Diocesan Council

Diocesan Council have the rights and duties of the Synod between its meetings; setting appropriate frameworks and policies to support the achievement of the Diocesan missions. Council is responsible, with the Bishop, for overseeing the implementation of strategic plans, stewardship of the Diocese, and the management of its governance with the purpose of supporting the parishes and the Diocese to fulfill the mission of God.

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