Building an Age-Friendly Community


Many seniors find it difficult to travel within urban and rural regions of Ottawa due to the high cost of both parking and public transportation and limited availability of public transportation services, especially in rural areas.

Our Vision

An Age-Friendly Ottawa means that seniors can travel within the urban and rural regions of Ottawa conveniently, affordably and safely. Seniors are well informed about transportation options and there are adequate numbers of adapted and affordable parking spaces. Bus stops and bus shelters are conveniently located, have proper signage and benches and are kept clear of ice and snow during the winter.

Our Approach

Our approach is to work closely with the Ottawa Seniors Transportation Committee (OSTC) and key community partners, including OC Transpo and Para Transpo, to promote public awareness about both transportation options and driving and pedestrian safety; to increase choice and to promote more accessible and affordable parking at The Ottawa Hospital.

Our Successes

In June 2014 the OSTC hosted an information sharing event on transport options in collaboration with the Wabano Centre.

In October 2014 the OSTC, in collaboration with The Ottawa Hospital, published a Parking and Access Guide for the General Campus complete with a map and detailed information on parking rates and pay stations.

What’s New

The OSTC, in collaboration with OC Transpo, its rural Community Support Service agencies and Ottawa Public Health, will hold information events in 3 rural Ottawa areas in April/May 2015.

The OSTC, in collaboration with Safer Roads Ottawa, is developing an information brochure for older drivers on driving safely for as long as possible. The brochure will be available in April/May 2015 and will be shared widely.

On 06 April 2015 Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced that there would soon be a remedy for painful hospital parking fees in the province; such a policy remedy will help seniors and others who are frequent visitors to hospitals.