Exercise Classes For Seniors

The exercise classes listed below are open to the public and free of charge for adults 65 years and over. Each class is led by a trained non-physiotherapist instructor for a duration of 30 minutes. Classes may include the following components of fitness:
  • Cardiorespiratory exercise
  • Range of motion
  • Endurance
  • Functional fitness training
  • Muscle strength
  • Balance and flexibility training

Most classes are offered at level 1. Based on the participants’ physical capabilities, the exercise class is adapted:
Level 1 – a 30 minute class including accelerated cardiovascular activity, range of motion, strength training, flexibility training. (sitting chair exercise class)
Level 2 - a 30 minute class including accelerated cardiovascular activity, range of motion, strength training with resistance tubing, Isometric strength training with balls, flexibility training and balance training. ( sitting chair and standing class)
Level 3 - Retirement Homes’ dementia floor—a 30 minute class including deep diaphragmatic breathing exercises, minimum to moderate cardiovascular activity, range of motion, and flexibility training (sitting chair exercises)

View the list of exercise classes offered in your area:
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Better Strength, Better Balance

Group exercise program for adults aged 65+
  • Strength and balance exercises led by a certified fitness instructor
  • Tips on how to prevent falls
  • No cost to participate
  • Offered twice a week for 12 weeks. 
  • This is a beginner level class for those wishing to improve strength and balance 
  • The program is offered in winter, spring and fall

To register or for more information, please call Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744 (TTY 613-580-9656) or visit           http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/better-strength-better-balance-exercise-program



Heartwise Exercise Classes

The Champlain CCAC is pleased to announce that it has joined with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute's Heart Wise Exercise and Family Physio to provide FREE, LHIN funded, exercise classes for older adults including (but not limited to) those living with Diabetes, Parkinson's and those who have experienced a stroke.

All Heart Wise Exercise Programs:
  • Encourage regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Include a warm up cool down, and self-monitoring
  • Allow participants to exercise at a safe level and offers options to modify intensity
  • Include participants with chronic health conditions - physician approval may be required
  • Offer health screening for all participants
  • Have a documented emergency plan known to all exercise leaders (CPR, telephone access, AED)

The one hour classes will be adapted to match the physical capabilities of all participants.

Programs include strength, balance, flexibility and aerobic activities.



Publicly-Funded Physiotherapy Clinics


Ontario residents can access physiotherapy in publicly-funded clinics for medically necessary physiotherapy. Services funded under the program include assessment(s), diagnosis and treatment to improve, develop or rehabilitate physical function and/or promote mobility when that has been lost or impaired as a result of a debilitating event or disease, pain, injury or surgical procedure.

To be eligible for publicly-funded physiotherapy, patients must have a valid Ontario heath card and a referral from their physician or nurse practitioner and be:
  • age 65 or older;
  • age 19 or younger;
  • any age if discharged from hospital after an overnight stay for a condition requiring physiotherapy;
  • a recipient of Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program (with or without a valid Ontario health card).

Following your assessment, a plan of care (treatment) will be established, if appropriate, in order to meet your physiotherapy goals.

View the list of Publicly-Funded Physiotherapy Clinics in the Champlain region.

If you have any questions about exercise classes or publicly-funded physiotherapy clinics, please call the Champlain Community Care Access Centre at 310-2222 (no area code required).


Community / Municipal Programs

This section includes community-based services such as Champlain CCAC, Community Supports Services, local programming through community centres as well as municipally-led programming. It is divided by county to facilitate the referral process.



MedsCheck Champlain LHIN Link to the Champlainhealthline.ca