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Age-Friendly Ottawa - Program Overview

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Actively engage seniors and the community as a whole in creating an age-friendly Ottawa that values the contributions of older adults, is responsive to their needs and provides them with a wide range of opportunities for active, healthy living.

Initiatives and Accomplishments

  • Formed a team to apply to have Ottawa recognized as an age-friendly city by the World Health Organization
  • Engaged seniors in developing a baseline for measuring the age-friendliness of Ottawa
  • Working with seniors, the City of Ottawa and other partners to create action based on priorities defined by seniors

Promising practises

  • Launched "Building an Age-Friendly Business Community Project".
  • Researching and developing a "Take Charge of Your Health" seniors' health literacy program together with the Health Issues Committee and other partners.
  • Developing measurable indicators of an age-friendly community, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization.


Program Overview

The Ottawa Age-Friendly Action Plan is a A JOINT ACTION PLAN from the City of Ottawa and Age-Friendly Ottawa that was submitted to the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities on November 1st, 2013. This is a list of actions with deliverables and simple indicators for city and community-wide actions, organized under the 8 age-friendly domains: (1) Outdoor spaces and buildings, (2) Transportation, (3) Housing, (4) Social Participation, (5) Respect and social inclusion, (6) Civic participation and employment, (7) Communication and information, (8) Community support and health services.

You can also find the PROGRESS REPORT – PHASE 1 that provides a good summary of the age-friendly process undertaken to date in Ottawa.

The AFO Community Action Plan 2012-2014 is inspired from earlier work undertaken on to develop the AFO Community Framework. It is a list of concrete actions that are being implemented by the Council on Aging and its partners in the 8 age-friendly areas.

The Age-Friendly Ottawa Community Framework 2012-2014 aims to make Ottawa a more age-friendly community by engaging seniors in making changes that support active and healthy living. It is the result of public consultations conducted with older adults and those who support them, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa in the fall of 2011. The Age Friendly Ottawa Initiative follows the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities framework. Age-Friendly Ottawa and the City of Ottawa’s Older Adult Plan represent mutually supportive initiatives that both aim to enhance the quality of life of older adults through changes in physical settings, programs and services.

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The Age-Friendly Ottawa project is made possible by the generous support of our funders:

Ontario Trillium Foundation Community Foundation of OttawaNew Horizons for Seniors Program