Ottawa, City of

Name of Committee: Older Adult Plan

Population: 934,243

Contact:

Program Description

The City of Ottawa is leading an Older Adult Plan that supports a long-term vision for a community that values, empowers, and supports older persons and their quality of life.

The Seniors Roundtable provides feedback to City staff on the Older Adult Plan. This forum allows the Seniors Roundtable to engage residents and identify emerging issues affecting older adults. Members of the Seniors Roundtable are residents of Ottawa who are 50 years or older and reflect the City’s diverse population.

The City also works closely with the Council on Aging of Ottawa that leads an Age-Friendly Community Action Plan.

The City of Ottawa is taking action to make Ottawa a more age-friendly city and has been implementing an Older Adult Plan (OAP) since 2012. The OAP 2015-2018 is based on much research and consultations with Ottawa older adults. It contains 51 actions to address the needs of Ottawa's older residents and is organized under the eight age-friendly domains:

  • Outdoor spaces and City buildings
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Housing
  • Communication and information
  • Social, recreational, and cultural participation
  • Civic participation and volunteering
  • Community supports and health services
  • Respect and social inclusion 

The City of Ottawa is currently planning for its third Older Adult Plan 2019-2022.

Current Funding:

  • Municipal Core Funding

Current and Completed AFC Projects, Programs, Initiatives:

Project/Program/InitiativeRelated Domain
Sidewalk Curbs (Sidewalk curbs graded from the top of the sidewalk to the street to eliminate tripping hazards)Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Accessibility Upgrades (City facilities had accessibility upgrade)Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings
Accessibility Rating Tool (City facilities were rated using the new Accessibility Rating Tool)

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Snow Go and Snow Go Assist (Snow removal matching program for seniors to help with snow removal. Snow Go Assist can provide financial assistance for this service) 
Accessible Benches (Installed where older adults travel, including transit stations)

Outdoor Spaces and Public Buildings

Transportation

Crosswalk Signals LengthenedTransportation
Accessible Pedestrian Signals (Intersections modified with accessible pedestrian signals and countdown timers)Transportation
Bus Stop ImprovementsTransportation
Seniors Affordable Housing DevelopmentHousing
Home Safety (Smart burners, carbon monoxide alarms, and smoke alarms installed for low-income seniors)Housing
New Fitness Equipment (Locations equipped with older adult appropriate fitness equipment)Social Participation
Fall Prevention Workshops

Social Participation

Community Support and Health Services

Techno Buddies (One-on-one computer and technology assistance by teen volunteers)

Social Participation

Respect and Social Inclusion

Annual Flag Raising (Ceremony to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Snow Angels (City recognition program for individuals who help seniors or people with disabilities with snow related accessibility)

Respect and Social Inclusion

Senior of the Year Award

Civic Participation and Employment

Respect and Social Inclusion

Programs and Services for Older Adults Guide (Distributed in 5 languages)

Communication and Information

Older Adult Recreation Guides (Distributed in French and English)

Communication and Information

Social Participation

Mental Health Caregiver Guide

Communication and Information

Community Support and Health Services

Older Adult Emergency Preparedness kits (Distributed in 6 languages)

 Communication and Information

Free Dental Screening (For low-income seniors)

Community Support and Health Services

 

Community Documents:

 

This profile was updated June 2018.