Building an Age-Friendly Community

Respect and Social Inclusion

Many seniors must deal with a lack of social respect and ageism.  They may be excluded from services, events and information for a variety of reasons. Francophone seniors may face difficulties in accessing services in French.

Our Vision

An Age-Friendly Ottawa respects seniors by including them in all aspects of civic life and acknowledging their diverse needs.

Our Approach

Our approach is to engage seniors in activities that will bring about an age-friendly society. The COA Building an Age-Friendly Business Community project is engaging seniors in recognizing exemplary age-friendly business practices in Ottawa and raising awareness about the value of age-friendly business practices among local businesses.

Our Successes

Since the start of the Building an Age-Friendly Business Community project 19 local businesses have been officially recognized as age friendly. Nine businesses were recognized in 2015, including Shoppers Drug Mart (2339 Ogilvie Road), Farm Boy (1642 Merivale Road), Unitarian House (20 Cleary Avenue), Loblaws (Gloucester Centre), New Edinburgh Guardian Pharmacy (5 Beechwood Avenue), Farm Boy (585 Montreal Road), Assante Wealth Management (1600 Carling Ave), Farm Boy (457 Hazeldean Road) and Massine’s Your Independent Grocer (Bank & Somerset).

What’s New

During November-December 2015, four more local businesses were recognized as age friendly!

On 01 October 2015, Age-Friendly Ottawa participated in HelpAge Canada’s “Seen Your Citizen?” event to mark National Seniors’ Day & help reduce social isolation.

We aim to recognize 10 more local businesses as age friendly in the coming year.