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Ottawa, an Age-Friendly City

The Council on Aging of Ottawa became interested in the Age-Friendly Cities initiative in 2006. Much research was conducted before launching this project in Ottawa.  One of the first tasks is to assess the current age-friendliness of our community.  A comprehensive assessment helps to identify what a community is doing well, including how initiatives and programs support an age-friendly community.
This project builds on a number of very important local initiatives such as:


  • The 2002 report “Meeting the Challenges of Ottawa’s Aging Population”

  • The 2004 “Successful Aging Ottawa Seniors Survey”

  • The 2006 City of Ottawa “Seniors Agenda”, the 2007 OCISO New Horizons report on Seniors

  • The City of Ottawa is in the process of up-dating its Older Adult Plan – this includes a full community scan and inventory of services for seniors in the City of Ottawa. A number of focus groups representing the wide diversity of the senior population in Ottawa are planned.

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