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Unitarian House of Ottawa

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What we do

Unitarian House is Ottawa’s not-for-profit Retirement Residence & Senior Apartments. With 45 Retirement Suites and 67 Independent Living Apartments, our mission is to provide a secure, respectful and caring environment, where residents will have maximum independence, opportunities for personal fulfillment and companionship. 

Since we opened our doors, the mission of Unitarian House has always been that no member of our community should ever have to leave their home due to financial hardship. Our affordable housing and financial assistance programs allow the residents that make up our home, to enjoy the peace of mind of accessible lodging in a warm, caring and community-minded environment.   

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  • Individual donations: 90%
  • Corporate: 2%
  • Endowments: 3%
  • Other Charities: 1 %
  • Other: 5% 

Funding priorities

Each year we prioritize our Retirement Living Assistance and our Rent Geared to Income programs. These programs are the key to what makes Unitarian House so special, as they allow us to offer financial assistance to residents who may be facing financial hardships or who have outlived their resources.

Donation and funding dollars are also directed to our Operating Fund, which is used to maintain our home, nursing department and grounds, upgrade amenities to the modern standards, and provide new and exciting opportunities for socialization and entertainment through technology and activities.

How you can help


Donations and financial contributions are what make Unitarian House possible! To make a one-time gift, become a monthly donor, or sponsor an upcoming project scan the QR code or visit


Whether they’re driving the van, serving at Happy Hour, or answering phones at reception – Volunteers are our lifeblood! Without them many of the activities, special events and fundraising programs wouldn’t be possible. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about volunteer opportunities email


September 2022 marked the second annual The Grand Parade Ottawa Westboro – a fundraising walk, in honour of our seniors! This event has raised over $100,000 since it’s inauguration. Join us next year on September 16th 2023!

Giving Tuesday – visit us at “The Spot” in Carlingwood Shopping Centre on Tuesday November 29th and see what Unitarian House is all about! We’ll have a variety of holiday themed goodies on display and will be having fun and collecting funds for our charitable programs. 

Spring Gala – This popular event has been on hold since 2019 – we are planning to bring it back bigger & better than ever in 2023! Visit our website in December for the official announcement so you don’t miss out on this wonderful evening of music, food and fun! 


20 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 3Z9

Year founded: 1984

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $154,979

Facebook: /UnitarianHouse

Instagram: /unitarianhouseottawa


Mélanie Lefebvre

Executive Director


Jackie Holzman

Board president




Anne Arnott

Vice president


Bert Waslander



Trevor Shannon



Daniel Byron

Deputy treasurer 


Merle Bolick



Pam Garner 



Bruce Grant



Brian Castledine


Janet Bradley



Janice Gray



Ross McIntyre



Chis Hughes



Mary Ella Keblusek

Church liaison 


Mo Gabe

Residents’ association



Greater Ottawa Area