Over the years the COA has put out a wide range of publications related to every aspect of the lives of Ottawa seniors.

Newsletters and Magazines

COA PublicationThe Bulletin  is a quarterly print magazine. Each edition focuses on one particular issue important to seniors – such as health care, vulnerability and isolation, retirement and incomes. Production of The Bulletin was halted as of June 2013.

Annual Reports

The Annual Reports reflect the COA’s 40-year history of working to improve the lives of Ottawa seniors.




Information Guides

The COA has created several information guides, including:

The Guide for Selecting a Long Term Care Facility was developed to assist older people and their families to choose an appropriate long term care facility when they need more care than they can get at home.

COA PublicationThe In and Out of Hospital Guide is an important resource for seniors and their family caregivers. It outlines what to expect before, during and after a hospital stay, and where to turn for more information and resources to help at home.


COA PublicationThe Francophone Elder Abuse Resource Guide provides information on Francophone resources and details scenarios that illustrate examples of financial, physical and psychological abuse.


Submissions, White Papers, Position Papers

From time to time the COA has put forward submissions to government and white papers advocating on behalf of seniors, responding to perceived needs and resources gaps, pointing to opportunities for improvements.

They include:

Submission to 2014 Ontario Pre-Budget Consultations of the Ministry of Finance held in Ottawa January 13, 2014 by the Minister of Finance Charles Sousa. The COA brief presented 11 recommendations on four key issues for seniors:

  • Financial security: balancing income & affordability
  • Creating age-friendly communities
  • Real caregiver support, and
  • Geriatric human resources

White Paper – A New Paradigm to Solve the Alternative Level of Care Crisis: A Way Forward

Executive Summary | Understanding the Alternative Level of Care Issue | Purpose of the Forum | Forum Process | Key Findings and Analysis | Recommendations | Plan of Action and Next Steps |