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.
Key dates and events from 2006 to spring 2011:
- The Council on Aging of Ottawa participated in pilot testing of Age-Friendly framework in 2006.
- In 2008, the concept of an “Age-Friendly City” was introduced by the COA Francophone Steering Committee and research was engaged on the topic.
- Two francophone forums on the topic of “Ville-amie des aînés” were held in May 2009 & May 2010 at the COA, where input from participants was recorded.
- Rapport annuel francophone: Une ville pour nous…avec vous tous! was published in May 2010.
- Dr. Louise Plouffe from the Public Health Agency of Canada presented on “Age–friendly Cities” at the 2009 COA Annual General Meeting.
- The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat Forum on “Age Friendly Communities” was held in October 2009.
- An Ottawa Age Friendly Steering Committee was established in October 2009.
- In 2010, Le Comité directeur des affaires francophone at the COA participated in the production of a television show on Age Friendly for Rogers and launched a drawing project in area schools on what an age-friendly city would look like, followed by an exhibit at City Hall.
- Grants for implementation were received in winter 2010.
- A Project Manager was hired in February 2011.
- Age-Friendly community presentations planned for spring 2011 in order to inform and engage seniors.
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» Vision, Mission and Goals
» Age Friendly Ottawa (AFO) Committees
» The Age Friendly Ottawa (AFO) Reference Group
» Age-friendly Process