Building an Age-Friendly Community

view of parliament hill from Congress Centre in Ottawa

Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

The city of Ottawa is special. It offers urban, suburban, and rural living with beautiful green space and city parks. With many seniors in neighbourhoods, residents of Ottawa can enjoy the outdoor spaces and buildings.

Seniors who are active and walk in their neighbourhoods for both leisure (such as exercise or pleasure) and errands (such as shopping and getting to appointments) are healthier and happier. Seniors should be physically active for at least 150 minutes per week (2.5 hours) (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, 2011).

Our Vision

Seniors can use outdoor and built spaces safely and with ease.

Our Approach

Our approach is to work closely with the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee (OSTC) and key community partners to increase the age friendliness of parks, roads and intersections, sidewalks, pathways and buildings.

Our Successes

The OSTC, in collaboration with Ecology Ottawa, is organizing 3 all-season pedestrian safety audits in 3 different Ottawa neighbourhoods. The Age-Friendly Walkability Report was published in the spring of 2016.

As part of the Move it Outside Project, one of our partners, the Seniors Health Promotion Coalition, made recommendations for creating age-friendly parks that encourage older adults to be more physically active.  The age friendliness of seven parks was evaluated by more than 80 older adults and an age-friendly park checklist is available for use.

What’s New

Excerpt of the Outdoor Spaces and Buildings section from the 2017 report How Age-Friendly is Ottawa?

The OSTC worked with the Age-Friendly Ottawa project, the City of Ottawa and Community Associations and neighbourhood groups to make Ottawa a more age-friendly city. We are pleased to present this Progress Report, 2017.