Welcome to the website of the Ottawa Branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees

The Ottawa Branch

Welcome to the website of the Ottawa Branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees (previously the FSNA). We have over 35,000 members. The Ottawa Branch serves the area of the City of Ottawa. We are a non-profit organization whose main mission is to advocate measures beneficial to retirees and future retirees of the Public Service of Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP and federally appointed judges; to oppose measures inimical to them; and to participate in the development of social policies and programs for seniors.

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Important Notice from Ottawa Branch to its members:

During these challenging times related to COVID-19, Ottawa Branch urges all its members to follow the advice of public health officials.

Important information on social distancing and hygiene and how to prevent spread of the virus is available from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and you can read it by clicking here.

You can also call PHAC at 1‑833‑784‑4397.

If you are travelling back to Canada or know someone who is, please see this article on MEDOC coverage from the National Office of the Association that you can read by clicking here.

You can also call MEDOC/Johnson Insurance at 1-844-896-6977 or visit their website by clicking here.

The National Association continues to work closely with the federal government to ensure our members and older Canadians get the policies, programs and supports they need right now. On March 18, the National Association met via webinar with the Honourable Deb Shulte, Minister of Seniors. For more information on that meeting, click here.

The National Association is doing its best to share accurate information to keep our members updated. You can find this information at: https://www.federalretirees.ca/en/news-views/covid-19-updates.

Please note that we, in keeping with the advice of public health officials, we have either cancelled or postponed all our events for March, April and May and we have closed the Ottawa Branch office for the time being. However, you can still reach Ottawa Branch by email at [email protected] or by phone at 613-737-2199. We will check messages and return phone calls and email, but we ask for your patience if there is a time delay.

If you have questions about your membership you can contact the National Office directly at


Stay safe and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Past Events

To view documents, videos and
slides related to past events
please click HERE.

Ottawa Branch Members’ Discount Program

Be sure to visit this section of our website and see the latest information we have available on new discounts and additional discounts for our members. Click HERE for details.

Coming Soon

2020 – Annual General Meeting (AGM) Fall
The annual Spring AGM has been moved to the Fall
Click HERE for details.

Neighbours Helping Neighbours

Have you ever thought about how caregivers can do it all? Have you ever thought about supporting them? Ottawa Branch offers a workshop called Neighbours Helping Neighbours. Click HERE to listen to the podcast produced by the Ottawa Public Library that explains more about this initiative led by Shelagh Tuddenham, one of our dedicated Ottawa Branch volunteers. Keep an eye on our monthly electronic newsletter for the dates of our next workshop for members.

If you are heading out on the road

OC Transpo’s fares special for seniors.
Seniors 65 and older can ride free all-day on Wednesdays. This
offer includes all bus routes and the O-Train, but does not include Para Transpo.
Please be prepared to show proof of age to the operator.
See also Seniors’ Rates.
Gatineau (STO) Senior Fares

• Ontario MTO Road Information

• Transport Québec
Road Information
• Environment Canada -Ottawa weather

Bulletin Boards

Community Information Centre of Ottawa
• Upcoming Ottawa Events (Ottawa Kiosk)

• Council Of Aging Community Events

• Council Of Aging Housing Guide and Checklist

• City of Ottawa Events Calendar
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