Building an Age-Friendly Community

Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

Older seniors and seniors with disabilities are particularly affected by snowy, icy and poorly maintained sidewalks and streets; heavy doors, stairs and inaccessible washrooms in buildings; poor lighting and lack of benches and washrooms in outdoor spaces and unsafe intersections and shared pathways.

Our Vision

An Age-Friendly Ottawa means that seniors can navigate the natural and built environments safely and easily because outdoor spaces and buildings are pleasant, clean, safe and accessible.

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

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

The OSTC, in collaboration with Ecology Ottawa, is organizing 3 all-season pedestrian safety audits in 3 different Ottawa neighbourhoods. The final audit report, including recommendations, will be presented in February 2016.